GOING FRESH vs KIBBLE

 

 

You love and treasure your time with your buddy, which is why you spend time and effort in finding the right diet for your dog. It is probably the most important step you could take – apart from welcoming your dog into your life, of course! Which leads you to the next question you might ask, ‘What are the benefits of feeding my dog fresh food?’. 

Feeding your dog fresh food is vital to her health and vitality because it has higher bio availability, is more digestible, and has less chances of causing toxicity among other reasons. A number of positive changes will take place in your buddy’s body – from the inside out – once you transition your best friend from processed, commercial dog food such as kibble to a gently-cooked, fresh food diet, especially if it is one that is made with human grade ingredients. Here is why we think you’ll love feeding your best friend our range of carefully crafted, well balanced recipes for dogs:

If you are wondering why you should choose a gently-cooked dog food diet instead of something else for your dog, for one, meals that have been gently-cooked retain a higher percentage of nutrients including amino acids, vitamins and minerals compared to commercial dog food.

Our meals are made from 100% human-grade ingredients, with high-quality lean minced meat that is gently-cooked, along with a mixture of raw and minimally processed whole ingredients.

A dog thrives on a diet that is canine appropriate, protein-rich and balanced according to their nutritional requirements. 

Bowl of minced meat for dogs

VARIED PROTEIN SOURCES

At The Grateful Dog, animal protein is always our first ingredient.

Through our recipes, your dog will enjoy a daily rotation of varied, high-quality animal-based protein sources and can benefit in various ways including: increased nutrient intake, happier mealtimes as almost all dogs are able to finish their meals in one sitting (even with picky eaters), and a reduced risk of forming food allergies and intolerance.

Dogs without allergies to the ingredients used in our recipes will also begin to have improved skin and healthier, shiner coats.

With food that’s packed according to your buddy’s daily nutritional requirements, you’ll also find that your dog will gradually reach and maintain a healthy weight. Eating right never looked so good!

NO MORE CORN AND FILLERS

Nothing irks us more than dubious ingredients. For many commercial pet food manufacturers, the use of cheap and insecticide riddled carbohydrates and other poor-quality fillers in the making of pet food is common practice. Items that count as ‘corn’ used in dog food can include cattle feed, corn remnants and corn meal dust. That is a real ‘corn-job’ if you ask us! Fillers from ingredients like soy, beet pulp and wheat used to add bulk to commercial dog food and bind it together is another reason why we stay far away from kibble. Those are ingredients that absolutely do not belong in a dog’s diet.

With our fresh dog food, we make sure that none of that icky stuff ever finds its way into your dog’s bowl.

 

NO MORE QUESTIONABLE SOURCES OF PROTEIN

No one enjoys a serving of mystery meat and your dog should not be subject to it either.

Many commercial dog food brands legally contain “4-D” meat: meat from dead, dying, diseased and disabled animals including road kill and expired meats.

The Grateful Dog takes pride in our sourcing as we get our produce from the same suppliers that provide ingredients to reputable restaurants and hotels in Singapore. We keep things transparent and honest by only using whole sources of human grade, lean animal protein and other fresh ingredients.

Read more about the scary truth behind how pet food companies make up for high protein levels with poor quality meats here.

 

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

No one likes talking about it but when you are in charge of scooping the poop, it matters! Due to large amounts of poor quality ingredients and fillers that are largely indigestible, this results in quite literally a mountain of waste accompanied by often a rank, rotting odour.

On a fresh food diet, dog waste can be reduced in quantity because the body is absorbing more nutrients from the food. Poop also becomes milder in odour and can appear to be slightly moister yet firmer.

Read more about your dog’s digestion here and how to assess your dog’s poo here (warning – this link contains actual images).

Vegetables and fruits top down

FULL TRANSPARENCY WITH CLEAR LABELS

Sadly, many dog food labels include confusing terms such as “meat” (what kind of meat is that exactly??) and harsh chemical ingredients like butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytolueneused (BHT) that are known for its links to cancer, as preservatives to keep kibble consumable after sitting on the shelf for months. How often have you picked up a dusty pack of dog food?

The Grateful Dog uses fresh whole foods and a list of ingredients that are clearly labelled for your ease of mind.

Our meals also never include added salt, artificial vitamins and minerals, or chemical preservatives. Instead, food is packed in sous vide grade, BPA-free vacuum bags and kept fresh through the process of flash freezing. This helps to preserve nutrients in the food and protects against bacteria formation.

Learn more about our different recipes and the benefits of each ingredient used here.