We are advocates of feeding your dog whole foods. Below in the 'Resources' section, we have outlined some links for some additional blogs for you to read.
Puppies and dogs require different food sources for their nutrients. They get this from a variety of proteins, fruits and vegetables, just like we do. Feeding fresh foods allows your dog to get natural macro and micro nutrients in their diet from each ingredient. This is especially important to ensure that they are not getting these through non-natural sources such as synthetic vitamins, preservatives and additives.
Commercial pet foods (such as kibble) are a form of processed food, and there are a few key issues with feeding this to your pup.
1. Many contain synthetic vitamins to supplement the loss of natural nutrients
These are often not bioavailable to our pups.
2. The claim on your packaging of ‘complete and balanced diet’ is not entirely accurate.
It's impossible for our body to absorb every mineral and vitamin we need from one single meal, just like us.
3. Contain preservatives and additives to help give the food a long shelf life (eeeek!).
Consider the process it took to get the ingredients into these perfectly shaped biscuits and then a synthetic coating on the outside to make it palatable for your pup.
4. Nutrients from each ingredient is stripped away
The ingredients are cooked at such high temperatures (this is called extrusion) and they then need to add a lot of additional ingredients that you can’t pronounce into your dog's meals to make the claim that it's healthy.
Another way to think about it is by considering what you feed a baby. You start with milk, and then progress to whole foods - fruits, vegetables and proteins. You wouldn’t feed your baby processed foods from a shelf, because they need real ingredients to help them grow.
It’s actually the same with adults - we wouldn’t eat processed foods every day because we know that it’s not healthy for us (although we do every now and then of course) and will cause us longer term issues such as obesity, and other illnesses. The same principles apply to your dog.