2019 has seen an ever-increasing rise in the number of pet owners feeding their pets a raw food diet. As Dog Food Advisor reports, despite the warnings over food safety, owners claim raw food does everything from improving their dog’s health and well-being to adding years onto their lifespan. Some choose to prepare the food from scratch; others prefer the convenience of store-bought, ready to serve mixes. Regardless of which option you prefer, the quality (and ratio) of meat and vegetables included in the food mix are of paramount importance. If you’re tempted to go raw but aren’t sure where to start, take some inspiration from our round-up of the 10 very best raw dog foods on the market today – quality (and satisfaction) guaranteed.
Granted, Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Natural Dry Dog Food with Freeze-Dried Raw Bites isn’t 100% raw, but for pet-owners who’re attracted to the idea of raw but are worried about the potential risks, it offers an ideal solution. Mixed into the high protein kibble are little chunks of raw food goodness that, despite their small size, pack quite the nutritional punch, as well as satisfying your dog’s instinctive craving for raw nutrition.
If you want a food that packs a superb nutritional punch at an affordable price, Honest Kitchen Human Grade Dehydrated Grain Free Dog Food could be just the ticket. Featuring carrots, potatoes, and spinach for fiber, apples, blueberries, and bananas for antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and human-grade turkey for muscle strength and lean body mass, it’s got everything your dog needs for optimal health – and a great taste, to boot.
With each small nugget packed to the brim with vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Nuggets for Dogs is an excellent choice for dogs of all life stages, from pup to senior. Chicken is the star of the show, with chicken liver, heart, bones, butternut, and carrots making up a great supporting act. The healthy dose of omega 3 rich salmon oil, meanwhile, is the immune-boosting cherry on top.
100% grain-free and crammed with protein-packed beef, fiber heavy peas, potatoes, and cabbage, vitamin-rich banana, kelp and spinach, and omega 3- packed flaxseed, I and love and you offer the kind of food guaranteed to leave your conscience clean, and, thanks to the delicious taste and aroma, your dog’s bowl sparkling.
In fairness, K9 Natural Freeze-Dried Dog Food Booster and Topper is, as the name suggests, a top-up to your dog’s existing diet rather than a replacement. That said, if you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of raw rather than jumping straight in, it makes a great choice. Made from 100% New Zealand Lamb Green Tripe, it promises to improve skin health, enhance coat condition & boost the nutritional value of your dog’s diet in seconds… with those kinds of benefits, we’re sure you can overlook that unmistakable whiff of tripe.
If you’re looking for a food that’s sourced, prepared, and packaged in the US, that contains zero hormones, antibiotics, colors, fillers, flavorings or synthetic vitamins or minerals, and is crammed with fresh, wholesome beef, bones, and organ meat, Vital Essentials Beef Entree Nibblets Freeze-Dried Dog Food could be just what you’re looking for. Regardless of whether you choose to use it as the main component of your dog’s diet or as a nourishing “top-up” to their existing formula, there’s no denying its nutritional punch.
Made from a blend of pure protein and essential fats, Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Chicken Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Food Topper is designed to let you try out the benefits of a raw food diet without committing to it completely. Blend a little into your dog’s usual food for a healthy dose of raw power – although just remember this is designed as an addition, and not a substitute, to a balanced diet.
95% of Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Raw Stella’s Super Dinner is made from premium beef, making it the kind of high protein option that will do wonders for your pet’s health. The rest of the formula comes from organ meat and bones (both of which deliver a hefty dose of essential vitamins and minerals) and fresh fruit and veggies (perfect for upping your pet’s intake of immune-boosting antioxidants and gut-friendly fiber).
Stewart Freeze-Dried Dog Food carries the seal of approval from vets, pet owners, and pooches alike. Its high protein content (approx. 45%) and blend of chicken, chicken bones, liver and salmon delivers a nutritional punch (not to mention a lip-smacking good taste) that promises to do wonders for everything for skin condition and coat luster to organ health and stamina. Carbs come from good, wholesome sources such as broccoli, dried kelp, and carrots- each of which comes packed with all the vitamins, antioxidants and minerals your pet needs for a healthy immune system and good digestion.
Every ingredient that goes into Primal Freeze-Dried Dog Food Chicken Formula is suitable for human consumption, a fact that should give you every confidence, and every reason, to fill your dog’s bowl with it. With not a single hormone or antibiotic insight, and with a formula that’s completely free of soy and gluten, it makes an excellent option for pets that suffer a delicate digestion or are prone to allergies. Fresh ground bones add a healthy amount of calcium to proceedings, while the premium grade turkey delivers a mega-dose of protein. Completing the roundup of excellent qualities is the generous squirt of salmon oil that goes into the recipe, which not only delivers a great source of healthy fat, but a generous quantity of immune-boosting omega 3 fatty acids as well.