What is Natural Dog Food & Is It Suitable For My Dog?

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What is Natural Dog Food & Is It Suitable For My Dog?

When it comes to choosing food, every dog owner wants the best for their four legged friend. It can often be overwhelming trying to find the right dog food, especially if your dog has varying nutritional needs. Researching different ingredients and reading lots of labels can become a formidable task, so how do you find the right option?

Natural dog food has seen a surge in popularity over the recent years, with added health benefits such a shinier coat, increased energy levels, and a healthy digestive system. But, what exactly is ‘natural’ dog food, and is right for your dog?

Here, we take a look at the definition of ‘natural’ food, the health benefits, and our top recommendations.

What is ‘natural’ dog food?

‘Natural’ dog food can be described as food in which its ingredients is derived from plant, animal, or naturally occurring materials. Some ingredients included are animal protein (fish, duck, chicken, beef), wholegrains (barley, rice) vegetables (carrots, potatoes), and herbs (chicory, rosemary.)

Natural dog food is free from artificial flavours/colouring, preservatives, additives, and synthesised vitamins or minerals. Often food that is labelled as natural will include a disclaimer affirming that there are added vitamins or minerals that are required in order for the product to be a complete and balanced diet.

Natural dog food that is also labelled as “grain-free” is created without corn, wheat, soy, rice, oats and buckwheat, which are all ingredients that can cause food sensitivities in dogs.

What are the benefits of natural dog food?

Healthy natural dog food will cover all nutritional needs for your pet in all life stages. Good nutrition can provide adequate support for your dog to ensure he is happy and healthy.

The benefits of a healthy, natural dog food diet incude:

  • A glossier, shiner coat
  • Better skin condition
  • Healthy energy levels
  • Healthy immune system
  • Healthy digestive system
  • Natural weight control
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Is Natural Dog Food Suitable for My Dog?

Each dog is unique and what works for one dog, may not work for another. As a responsible pet parent, it’s essential that you are patient with your dog and to introduce new foods gradually to avoid an upset tummy. Always consult with your vet on any dietary changes and follow their recommendations and advice.

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The Best Natural Dog Foods

MOORE’S FARM Adult, Chicken & Rice

Moore’s Farm is a complete, wholesome and hearty food, perfect for active or working dogs. Completely derived from natural ingredients, with no artificial colours or preservatives, it includes all the nutrients your dog needs to stay healthy and active. Available also are MOORE’S FARM Puppy, Chicken & Rice and MOORE’S FARM Senior Dog, Turkey & Rice.

Leader Natural Dog Nutrition

Leader Nutrition comes in a variety of flavours suited to dogs in all life stages. 100% natural and hypoallergenic, their feeds offer wholesome, complete nutrition to moderately active adult dog. Available in Puppy, Adult and Senior, as well as feeds for specific breed sizes.

NATURO Adult Salmon & Rice

NATURO Adult Salmon & Rice 400g Tray is 100% natural whilst also proving to be an excellent source of oils and minerals that are key in maintaining a healthy coat and skin for your dog. Contains now colours, flavours or preservatives, and is also anti-allergy so dogs with allergies or conditions can enjoy a healthy diet. For more on the Naturo range, see here.

The Best Natural Dog Treats

SOOPA Puppy Sticks, Banana & Pumpkin

SOOPA Puppy Dental Sticks are a hypoallergenic grain-free, plant-based treat for the dog that loves to chew. Made with 100% natural banana and pumpkin, these superfood sticks are the ideal treat to keep your pup’s teeth looking and smelling as clean as ever. Made from natural ingredients and completely vegan, they are safe and easy to digest and support good oral health.

BURNS Turkey Bites Dog Treats

These turkey treats are low in fat, easily digestible and nutritionally beneficial, making them an ideal occasional snack. These delicious bites use quality ingredients and avoid those that commonly cause food intolerance in dogs. They’re also low in fat, so they help dogs maintain a lean weight.


WHIMZEES Rice Bone is a single chew suitable for large dogs. Grain free, gluten free and contains no artificial colours or flavours. Also helps remove plaque and is long lasting.

Any more questions?

If you have any queries or questions regarding dog food or your pet’s diet, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our Pet Care Team will be happy to assist you. If you have any medical or health concerns, we recommend you consult with your local veterinarian for advice.

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