Natural dog food, since 1982!
Nowadays, there is a huge variety of “natural dog food”. Many feeds are labelled as “natural” as soon as they do not contain any chemical flavourings and colourings.
For more than 35 years already, what does Farm Food mean when we talk about “Natural Dog Food”?
- A feed that is tailored to the total needs of the dog, safeguarding a life that is as long and healthy as possible. This is achieved by leaving out anything from the feed that could harm a dog’s health, and by adding what a dog naturally needs to stay in the best health.
- To achieve this, the feed must be formulated in such a way that it is suitable for every phase of life: from puppy to great-grand-dog. A so-called “All-Life-Stage” feed, just like in nature, where every member of the pack also eats from the same prey. That is why the Farm Food feeds are all All-Life-Stage products.
- The feed should be holistic, or comprehensive, and that means “natural” involves a little more than just leaving out chemical additives from the feed.
As nutrition is the most important, daily recurring health-deciding factor, this has always – from our very foundation in 1982 – meant we feel:
- That only superior quality ingredients must be used.
- That chemical antioxidants, colourings, and flavourings do not belong in the feed.
- That we mustn’t use ingredients known to contain substances that interfere with the metabolism, such as potatoes and peas, soy beans and other leguminous plants.
- That only protein sources with high levels of protein and a high biological value must be used to prevent straining the liver and kidneys. The consequence of this is that meat is almost never listed as a the first ingredient on the back of the bag, because only relatively little protein raw material is needed to obtain an optimised level of protein in the feed.
- That no fats must be used that have been heated above 90°C. So, only soft fats with low melting points and cold-pressed oils are used.
- That a production method is used that minimises damage to the nutrients. As a result, we use cold-pressing methods, not extrusion or expansion.
- That the Farm Food feeds must be easily digestible to facilitate a dog’s short intestinal tract.
- That dry, by definition sterile feed must be supplemented with vital substances (bacteria and enzymes) that cannot be offered in dry form. Therefore, for optimised health, untreated complete fresh meat with at least 60% green (= unwashed) tripe must be offered as well as dry feed, to build up and maintain healthy intestinal flora. That is why our advise has been complete fresh meat (Farm Food Fresh since 2008) as well as Farm Food HE for more than 35 years.
Some important characteristics of Farm Food feed (a summary of more than 35 years of experience):
- Most dogs raised on Farm Food are never ill and only visit the vet once a year for their annual vaccinations.
- Almost all chronic issues involving the intestines or skin are resolved after switching to Farm Food feed (up to 90%).
- More than 50% of allergies are resolved by feeding standard Farm Food products in accordance with nutritional advice.
- After switching to Farm Food feed, elderly dogs become active again. They are given a new lease on life, as it were.
- Pups and young dogs mature more evenly, without the common growth spurts and growing pains.
- Anal gland issues are more or less non-existent in dogs that are fed Farm Food feed.
- The dogs need relatively small portions, thanks to the specialised composition.
- As the feed is easily digestible, the dog’s bowel movements are relatively small.
- Bitches used for breeding are very fertile, are in heat regularly, good and uniform litters and more than enough milk.
- Thanks to the All-Life-Stage composition, owners with several dogs of different ages do not require different feeds. Both the pup and the senior eat from the same bag.