I’ve Gone Raw With My Dog Food! BARF! [Review & Giveaway]

they love it raw dog food review

About Raw Dog Food

Raw feeding is the natural diet of raw meat, bones, and organs that are nutritionally superior to cooked meat or commercial pet food. A careful plan of a raw diet gives us dogs numerous health benefits and hails back to the days when we were wild and what we ate before we became domesticated. (I’ll spare you the gory details, but you get the idea).

Did you know that racing greyhounds and sled dogs have long eaten raw food diets.

Benefits of the raw dog food diet include:

  • Shiner coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller poo

Potential risks include:

  • Treat to peeps and dogs from bacteria while handling the raw meat.
  • An unbalanced diet if not giving a complete range of nutrition.
  • There is the potential of choking on whole bones, breaking teeth or causing an internal puncture.

Why I gave it a try and liked it

raw dog food in bowlWell as you all know, I am a home cooked dog to begin with, with the added benefit of a tasty kibble mixed in for crunch. It’s just how I like it. However my peep has been reading about a raw diet and wondered if I would like it due to she felt the benefits we’re perfect for me.

With a raw diet, my peep gave me about 3% percent of my ideal weight. Just so you know I weigh 10 pounds and 6 oz. (Yes I have slimmed down from last year!) Now the reason why she gave 3% was that I’m an active dog, with my writing for Wag The Dog UK, runs on the commons and all my social engagements, I need the extra food to maintain my weight.

Now some dogs will take some time to fully adjust to it’s new raw diet, so give them time to adjust. For me my peep started out by giving this to me only at dinner and only a small amount.  She also watched me eat it to see if all was well, yes even my peep was nervous about my new raw diet. However after my first sniff, I loved it and told her it was fine to give me more!

Take things slowly with introducing new food sources. Each dog is different but rushing things is one of the main reasons people feel their dog cannot cope with raw….

I Use “They Love It” 100% Minced Chicken Dog Food

They Love it makes a range of minced chicken using human grade chicken and nothing is added to it all all. It’s as natural as possible and made from fresh meaty chicken bones which gives it a 15% bone content and can be used as a daily meal. There’s no heads, feathers of feet. Even though my grand-peep loves ordering chicken feet from the Chinese take-away, but that’s another story. There is also no dairy or animal by-products. Basically pretty good stuff to get my teeth around.

They Love it is owned by their parent company which is a chicken processing plant based in Benfleet, Essex which has over 30 years of combined poultry and butchery experience.

Their parent company dress whole fresh chickens for the restaurant and catering trade and have been in the business for over 27 years.

With research and dedication, they developed the They Love It range of dog food utilizing the products from their production.  100% fresh human grade chicken for dogs!

minced chicken raw dog foodThey Love it was kind enough to give us a 20 kg box (44 lbs.) of their best selling chicken mince for me to try. It was delivered inside a polystyrene box which was placed inside a cardboard box which is sealed, straight from their company to my front door. The mince was sent frozen and cut into 30 blocks of about 600 grams each.

My peep put 29 blocks into our freezer and put one in a container and popped in the fridge to defrost. She used one block for my meals within 2 days, if there was mince left over she tossed it out.

The Results

raw dog food taste review

well I was at my vet the other day for my annual check up. Thankfully this time my peep did not schedule it on my birthday.  Considering I am now reaching my “senior years”, I’m going to be 8 this year, my vet gave me a blood test to see how everything internal was working.

My vet was very pleased to find me in stellar health! Good healthy skin, coat and teeth on the outside and healthy organs on the inside. I’m an uber fit dog!

Now I know raw is not for everyone, but I can honestly say I feel great and I love the taste. Don’t tell my peep, but I’m not as crazy about her cooking these days, unless of course she’s making herself a steak!

Enter to Win A I Love It Minced Chicken Box for your dog to try!

Two lucky dog winners will receive a 20 kg of I Love It Minced Chicken (retail value £25)

How can you win? Easy! Just tell us has your dog ever tried raw  in the comments below. Easy peasy! Also you can get extra entries by using the Gleam form!

When does it start and end? The contest starts now. The contest ends on 9th of April 2015

Who can enter: Anyone who is a resident of the UK and over 18

One winner will be drawn at random.

Gather your pack of friends & family Spread the word and give a howl. One entry per person.

I Love It Raw Dog Food

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