Why Fresh?

In recent years, the trend of feeding dogs fresh food has gained significant momentum among pet owners and veterinarians alike. While processed dog food, particularly kibble, has been the staple for decades, overwhelming evidence suggests that fresh dog food offers numerous benefits for canine health. 

 The Harms of Processed Dog Food

Processed dog food, especially kibble, is often chosen for its convenience and cost-effectiveness. However, these benefits come with significant drawbacks that can negatively impact a dog's health.

  • Low Nutritional Value: The high-temperature processing methods used to produce kibble can destroy essential nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are often added back in synthetic forms, which are not as bioavailable as their natural counterparts.

  • Additives and Preservatives: To extend shelf life and improve palatability, processed dog foods often contain artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Some of these additives, such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin, have been linked to various health issues, including cancer and liver disease.

  • High Carbohydrate Content: Many kibble brands contain high levels of carbohydrates and fillers like corn, wheat, and soy. Dogs, being primarily carnivorous, have a limited ability to digest and utilize these ingredients effectively. Excessive carbohydrate intake can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders.

  • Poor Quality Ingredients: Processed dog foods may use meat by-products and meals that can include parts of animals deemed unfit for human consumption. These ingredients are often of lower nutritional quality and may contain harmful substances.

The Benefits of Fresh Dog Food

In contrast to processed dog food, fresh dog food offers a range of health benefits that can contribute to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet.

  • Superior Nutritional Quality: Fresh dog food is made from high-quality, whole ingredients, including muscle meat, organ meats, vegetables, and fruits. These ingredients retain their natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, providing a more balanced and complete diet.

  • Improved Digestion and Absorption: Fresh food is easier for dogs to digest compared to processed kibble. The natural enzymes and moisture content in fresh food aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, reducing the risk of digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

  • Enhanced Palatability: Fresh food is more palatable to dogs due to its natural flavors and textures. Dogs are more likely to eat eagerly and maintain a healthy appetite, which is particularly beneficial for picky eaters or those with reduced appetite due to illness or aging.

  • Better Weight Management: With a higher protein content and lower carbohydrate levels, fresh dog food helps maintain lean muscle mass and supports a healthy weight. This reduces the risk of obesity-related conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Increased Energy Levels and Vitality: The high-quality nutrients found in fresh dog food support optimal body function, leading to increased energy levels, improved coat and skin health, and overall vitality. Many pet owners report seeing a noticeable difference in their dog’s energy and activity levels after switching to fresh food.

While processed dog food may offer convenience and affordability, the potential health risks and lower nutritional value make it a less desirable choice for pet owners who prioritize their dog’s well-being. Fresh dog food, with its superior nutritional quality, digestibility, and health benefits, provides a more wholesome and natural diet that can significantly enhance the health and happiness of your canine companion. Investing in fresh dog food is an investment in your dog's long-term health, ensuring they thrive and enjoy a vibrant life by your side.


Why Choose Natural Hounds?

Local & Fresh

At Natural Hounds, we take pride in producing all our products on-site in our open, human-grade kitchens located in Port Jefferson and Babylon Village. This local production means you get the freshest dog food, straight from your community to your furry friend's bowl.

Flexible & Convenient

We believe fresh dog food should be accessible and convenient. You can order Natural Hounds products in-store at any time, online for delivery, or even set up a recurring subscription. We offer quantities as small as 1 pound, perfect for small dogs, ensuring that everyone can enjoy our fresh food.

Unmatched Value

Natural Hounds is dedicated to making fresh dog food affordable for everyone. By cutting out shipping costs—a significant expense for our competitors—we keep our prices low. Many don't realize how costly shipping frozen food can be, which is why Natural Hounds stands out in providing exceptional value.

Transparent & Open

Our open-concept kitchens are designed to be simplistic, clean, and inviting. We want you to see exactly how we prepare your pup's food. Feel free to walk into our stores and watch us cook; transparency is at the heart of our process.

Quality Ingredients

Natural Hounds believes in quality through simplicity. All our products are made with whole food ingredients, free from fillers, preservatives, and additives. Our recipes boast some of the highest meat content in the fresh dog food market, including organ meats and vegetables, ensuring the highest level of bioavailable nutrients for your dog.