Understanding Fresh Pet Food
Of the many pet food options available, it's difficult to know what option is the healthiest for your pet. Learn about what fresh pet food is and how fresh food can improve your pet's health and happiness.
Cooking dog food, rather than serving ingredients raw, typically increases digestibility of the meal and helps release nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates. Vitamin losses through cooking the food are fairly negligible, and our NomNomNutrient blend counteracts any such losses.
A fresh diet requires someone to invest the time and labor in preparing a balanced, veterinary-formulated recipe, and then actually cook every meal. Most owners don't have the time or knowledge to do this and rely on the convenience of dog foods such as kibble or wet foods.
There is a carefully crafted blend of oils in many of the fresh dog food recipes at NomNomNow, as well as the fats in animal protein. The fats found in our recipes are primarily saturated fats, which dogs tolerate very well; they don't have the same issues that humans do with saturated fats, while also being able to reap great benefits.
Just like with your own diet, a fresh diet for your dog means real ingredients that are fresh, rather than meals composed of artificial additives and fillers. A fresh diet for your dog needs to be refrigerated, just like the fresh food you eat.
In recent years, the anchovy has seen a resurgence in the human health food world as an exciting source of calcium, protein, and vitamins. This is great for humans, but what does the anchovy have to offer our pets? It turns out the anchovy is also rich in something particularly useful to dogs: omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Feeding your pet fresh, gently-cooked food can promote health and wellness. Because the food is free of preservatives, fillers, and never frozen, your cat or dog's body will be able to use more of what they eat - putting the healthy nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbs to good use.
Your dog’s specific caloric and nutrient needs will vary widely based on age, size, breed, activity level, overall health, and other factors. While all commercially-produced dog foods have to meet or exceed benchmarks for nutrients to be labeled as “complete and balanced foods” by the AAFCO.
When first switching to a fresh dog food, most owners will notice that their dog is more excited about eating. This can translate into an increase in energy level throughout the day. Such diets tend to be lower in fiber, and you'll see that a lot of nutrients are actually digested and utilized, resulting in smaller stools.
Freezing can preserve a variety of nutrients, but even when frozen, there are some unhealthy changes that may happen to the food, including freezer burn, changes in ingredients that affect how your dog receives the diet, and changes to healthy fats. The changes are slow, but oxidization over time takes a toll.