What To Expect When You Feed Your Dog Fresh Food!!

With images of lean meat, colorful vegetables, and whole foods on bags of kibble, you’d think that kibble contains all of the natural nutrients your dog needs, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Cooked at such high temperatures, all of the natural nutrients in kibble are destroyed, and manufacturers have to add artificial and/or supplemental vitamins back into the food for it to be considered “full and balanced.”That’s why giving your dog even just a little bit of dog fresh food can be so transformative to their health — they will be getting true benefits from every ingredient!

Whether you’ve decided to switch your pooch to a 100% fresh diet or are planning to introduce a dog fresh food topper to their standard kibble, your dog’s body will experience some changes no matter what.

Here’s everything you can expect to see after adding any amount of dog fresh food to your dog’s diet:

The First Few Weeks: 

What To Expect When You Feed Your Dog Fresh Food!!

Increased Energy Levels 

Do you feel like taking a nap after eating fast food? That’s how your dog feels after eating a bowl of kibble. With so many preservatives and additives to digest, your dog’s body is doing a lot of work! By adding fresh ingredients to their diet, you’re giving them a boost of easily digestible, natural vitamins and minerals from whole foods that their body will absorb and in turn, give them a more sustainable energy source!

More Excitement At Mealtime

Have a picky dog? The struggle to find food that your dog will eat may be over! By topping your dog’s kibble with dog fresh food, they will certainly be more interested in mealtime. Who can blame them — would you want to eat the same processed food for every single meal? We wouldn’t! 

Fewer And Smaller Poops

Yes, we said it! When you feed fresh, your doggy waste bags will get a lot lighter. Dogs weren’t built to digest the unnatural ingredients found in standard kibble — just like human bodies weren’t built to eat junk food 365 days a year. Dog fresh foods are filled with natural fiber sources that will keep their bowel movements as regular as they should be.

It’s worth noting that your dog may experience some softer stools, including diarrhea, the first few days after starting a dog fresh food diet due to the sudden change in food. While you can normally prevent this by following a slow food transition plan, it’s prone to happen either way because kibble and fresh food are so different on dogs’ digestive systems. If your dog’s diarrhea doesn’t seem to go away after a few days, it’s time to visit the vet.

The First Year: 

What To Expect When You Feed Your Dog Fresh Food!!

Shinier Coat 

Does your dog have rashes, a dry coat, and/or persistent itchiness? It may be coming from the large amounts of processed ingredients in their kibble, which doesn’t give dogs the fats and oils their coat needs. Making the switch to fresh food will give your dog essential nutrients, such as fatty acids, that naturally improve skin and coats over time.

Better Breath

Many dogs develop bad breath because plaque builds up on their teeth, which eventually may turn into tartar and lead to periodontal disease. However, another common reason for bad breath is because kibble isn’t sitting well in a dog’s stomach. Fresh foods, like carrots, cucumber slices, celery, and apples, all of which are commonly found in fresh dog food, can help combat bad breath.

Healthier Weight 

It’s well known that fresh vegetables are healthier for you than potato chips. Well, it’s the same for dogs! Your dog’s kibble likely contains dozens of fillers, additives, dyes, and preservatives. Adding dog fresh food vegetables and natural protein sources to your dog’s diet will help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight —which is linked to longer lifespans.


What To Expect When You Feed Your Dog Fresh Food!!

A 2005 study by Purdue University found that adding fresh vegetables to a dog’s diet decelerated cancer cell growth by over 70%. Additionally, it’s been shown that dogs who eat green, leafy, yellow-orange vegetables three times a week have lower rates of urinary bladder carcinomas.

Fewer Trips To The Vet 

Once your dog starts eating dog fresh food, all of the natural nutrients, vitamins, etc., start coming together to give your dog better overall health. Your dog will have a stronger immune system, and you’ll have fewer last-minute reasons to visit the vet! 

Improved Joints

Unfortunately, dog food labeled as being for dogs with joint pain doesn’t always mean anything. Common fillers, such as grain by-products, can be harmful to dogs’ joints and may lead to more inflammation. Additionally, many dogs experiencing arthritis are overweight, so a non-nutritious diet may be making a negative impact on their joints. Incorporating fresh dog food to your dog’s diet can work wonders on their bodies, particularly if they include the following foods, which are all great ingredients for dog joints: yams, salmon, cranberries, carrots, red delicious apples, quinoa, and kale. In fact, it would even be helpful to simply buy those ingredients from the store, cook them in your kitchen, and add them to your dog’s kibble! Any little bit helps.

Longer Lifespan

Giving your dog fresh food quite literally adds more years to your life together. In fact, research has shown that dog fresh food is linked to a 20% longer lifespan. 

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