As you browse your various pet food options, you might notice a trend. There is a growing number of all-natural pet foods on the market. Some of these require refrigeration, and others do not. Some are also labeled organic, and others are not. These details set aside, you might wonder what the benefits of feeding your dog an all-natural dog food are. Here are some of the key ones.
The ingredients are simple.
If you look at the ingredients label on your average natural dog food, you'll generally notice it's pretty short. In comparison, the ingredients lists on conventional dog foods are much longer. With fewer ingredients, it is easy to ensure that your dog reacts well to all of the ingredients in the food. If your dog does have an allergic or other negative reaction to the food, then there are only a few ingredients you have to consider that may be causing it. This is why vets often recommend natural foods for dogs with allergies. And since a dog can develop allergies at any stage, it's often wise to give every dog natural dog food.
They'll digest it more easily.
You may have noticed that your own digestion is better when you eat simple, natural foods instead of a lot of processed foods. The same tends to be true of dogs. They tend to have fewer bouts of diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive ailments when they eat natural foods with just a few ingredients. Whether your dog has IBS or you just want to make sure their tummy is happy, a natural dog food is a good choice.
They may have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight.
There are a lot of reasons why dogs can become overweight. One of them is the fact that some commercial foods contain a lot of empty calories from added carbohydrates and fats. All-natural dog foods tend to be lower in fats and simple carbohydrates. So, while your dog will feel full and have their nutrient needs met by a natural dog food, they are less likely to become overweight. Of course, you will still want to adhere to the instructions on the bag when determining how much to feed them. Overfeeding any food can cause a dog to gain weight.
Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the benefits of choosing an all-natural dog food. Talk to your vet or a pet food rep if you want more details.