Raw Dog Food Science

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The facts to consider when choosing food for your pooch

Raw dog food is more and more popular by the day.

Dog owners are transitioning.

In the bin goes the processed, over-cooked and minimally nutritious supermarket feed. In the bowl goes the freshly-prepared, optimally health-giving and evolutionarily apt diets that serve dogs best.

But what are the key facts of dog food science that tell us raw feeding is correct?

How can we be sure that what we offer our pet, our family member and our best friend is what it needs?

Read on.

At First Choice Nutrition, we see the benefits of raw dog food every day out in the training field. Happier, healthier, fitter dogs as a result of optimum dietetics – the way dogs should be fed.

But hey, you don’t have to take out word for it.

Check out some of the hard facts of a raw dog food diet.


Develop stronger muscles and immunity. Essential amino acids like lysine, glysine, taurine, arginine and creatine are abundant with a raw dog food diet. It’s well documented that heating, extruding and storing processed foods depletes the available aminos.[1][2][3]


Kibble has up to 60% starch[4]. It’s cheap – and in those proportions – it’s unhealthy for your dog long-term. The greater carbohydrate content leads to weight gain – this is our regular experience from the training field. Your dog needs balanced, natural nutrition, which can be achieved with a raw diet.[5]


Who’s a clever boy? Feed dogs how dogs are supposed to be eat and keep your pet sharp. Better nutrition improves both physical and cognitive health in humans and dogs, especially in older age.[6]


There’s no comparison. Get far more healthy antioxidants, friendly bacteria, beneficial phytonutrients, digestion-aiding enzymes, antioxidants and fatty acids in raw food when compared to highly processed foods.[7]


It’s official. Raw diets for dogs have been put to the test and results have been verified by vets. Complete and balanced raw food for dogs can meet nutrition guidelines without need for supplements.[8]


Here at First Choice Nutrition, this is what we say:

‘It’s important that we know we’ve done our best in serving our dogs. After all, they can’t just tell us if they’re sick, or feel under par as a result of a poor diet they’re fed. With seriously informed raw dog food – supported by science and the positive effects we see and experience in the field – we have raw proof that we’ve done our best for our dog’s fitness, happiness and health.’

R. Harnett
Managing Director
First Choice Nutrition

[1] Creatine and creatine contents in different diet types for dogs – effect of source and processing. link

[2] The concentration of creatine in meat, offal and commercial dog food. link

[3] Effect of processing on fate of dietary (14C) taurine in cats. link

[4] How Hidden Sugars in your Dog’s Food are Making Him Sick. link

[5] Independent British raw dog food study conducted under FEDIAF Guidelines. link

[6] Learning ability in aged beagle dogs is preserved by behavioural enrichment and dietary fortification: a two year longitudinal study. link

[7] NCBI Studies link

[8] ‘Raw Proof’ – research on species-appropriate diets. link