Which Raw Food for Dogs? The Complete Breakdown of Best UK Suppliers & Brands

Is your pet's diet the healthiest it can be?   

Unsure of which brand has the best raw dog food?  

That’s where we come in! 

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When I switched my dog George's food I was panicking about it, so like I always do I started a bout of manic research to see if I was making the right decisions and what the best raw diet to go with was.

This is what I found!

Below, you have the healthiest choices on the market, and ones I’m sure any of your furry friends would love to get their paws on!

The variety of different types of dog food available is mind-blowing (see here for grain free). You now have dry kibble, cans, pouches, and of course raw. But how do you choose which one is the best for your pet? Which provides them with the best nutrition and will result in them leading a long healthy life?


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Nutriment

  • 85% meat ingredients
  • Quality ingredients 
  • Good value

3.5 out of 4

AniForte

  • 100% natural 
  • Money back guarantee  
  • No fuss

3 out of 4

Benyfit Natural

  • Balanced meal
  • 100% natural 
  • Approved ingredients

3.5 out of 4

Nutriment

  • Arrives frozen
  • Quality ingredients 
  • Complete & balanced

4 out of 4

Natural Instinct

  • Biologically appropriate 
  • Different flavours  
  • No grains or fillers

4 out of 4

Nutriment

  • High in protein
  • Frozen for convenience  
  • No additives

3.5 out of 4

AniForte

  • Tasty 
  • No additives  
  • Easily digestable

3.5 out of 4

Nutriment

  • Low purine 
  • 100% natural 
  • Frozen

4 out of 4

A raw food diet is becoming increasingly popular for several reasons

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    It is what our four-legged friend’s descendants ate in the wild
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    It is completely natural with no toxic additives
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    Most dogs love the taste
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    It contains all the essential nutrients
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    Provides enzymes which may be missing from processed dog food
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    Good for dogs with allergies
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    Inexpensive
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    Promotes healthy skin and glossy coat
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    Some processed foods have been found to contain really nasty stuff
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    Fresher breath 
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    Less gas 
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    Strengthens the immune system
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    Can help with behavioural problems

No wonder then more people than ever are searching for where to buy raw dog food? While most people who feed raw pet food, buy fresh meat from suppliers and add a percentage of vegetables, offal etc, this can be time-consuming, confusing if you are not familiar with the ratios involved and simply not feasible if you are travelling or your pet is staying with someone else.

The good news is: there are more complete raw foods, than ever, which can be purchased from specialist suppliers and pet shops. Pets at home raw food has seen an increase in sales and a number of brands like Country Hunter provide complete raw meals making the BARF (Biologically Approved Raw Food) diet hassle-free. 

Products

Nutriment Variety Pack, 8 different formulas (20 x 500g)

This great value variety pack contains fresh meat, bones and offal and consists of 20 x 500g frozen tubs; including flavours like salmon, beef, chicken, lamb and venison for a completely natural diet.

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    85% meat content
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    Top quality ingredients
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    Good value

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AniForte BARF Vegetables & Herbs 1KG Dog Food Mix: Gluten Free Dog Food with Dog Vitamins & Minerals

This is a fantastic supplement for raw food diets containing nutritious vegetables and natural herbs in flake form it is gluten-free with no colourings, flavouring or preservatives and is the perfect addition to meat ensuring a complete balanced diet.

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    100% natural
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    No fuss
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    Money Back Guarantee

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    Small bag

Benyfit Natural For Senior Pack 10kg Dog Food, Chicken, Turkey (20 x 500g Tubs)

Combining the best quality meat with the correct amounts of bone, offal, and tasty vegetables. This DEFRA approved dog food has been developed specifically for senior dogs, providing them with all the essential nutrients they need.

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    Ingredients from Red Tractor approved British Farms
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    Complete balanced meal
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    100% natural

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Nutriment Raw Puppy Formula 20 x 500g

High in protein and all the essential nutrients needed for a growing puppy this frozen complete formula is a great introduction to a raw diet. Containing all-natural British human-grade ingredients it is suitable for all breeds of dogs.

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    Complete & balanced
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    Arrives frozen
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    Quality ingredients

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Natural Instinct Working Dog Variety Box 12 x 1kg

This complete balanced frozen raw food for working dogs is made from human grade ingredients and is approved by vets. It is suitable for dogs of all breeds but is especially good for competition and working dogs maintaining healthy joints and ligaments.

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    Biologically appropriate
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    Variety of flavours
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    No grains or fillers

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Natural Selections bones and treats variety box - raw

These raw treats are an excellent supplement to a BARF diet the pack contains 3 chicken carcasses, 3 British duck necks, 2 x 500g chicken wings, 2 x 100g tasty liver treats 1 pack of 6 beef jerky perfect as a healthy special treat, dogs will love.

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    Frozen for convenience
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    High in protein
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    No additives

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AniForte Meat & Bone Meal 2kg: Raw Food Supplement for Cats, Dogs & Pets with High Calcium

Perfect for growing puppies, pregnant females and senior dogs who have difficulty eating bones or need more calcium. Just sprinkle onto food to ensure they are getting the right nutrients. Made of 100% ground beef bones it is a completely natural supplement.

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    Tasty
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    No additives
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    Easily digestible

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Nutriment Raw Natural Adult Low Purine and Phosphorus Formula 20 x 500g

Specially designed for dogs suffering from bladder stones, kidney disease, and liver issues. Containing 75% fresh meat and bone, a low-purine diet is often recommended by vets to prevent problems in susceptible breeds. Frozen in convenient 500g tubs it is also low in fat for dogs suffering from pancreatitis.

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    Low purine
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    100% natural
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    Frozen

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Feeding a Raw Diet

A diet should consist of between 70-85% meat, bones and organs with the rest made up of fruit, vegetables, perhaps some raw eggs, cottage cheese or yogurt.

You can find a local raw pet food supplier here do a bit of research and make up your own tasty menus, however, if you are a bit squeamish about feeding carcasses and other not so pleasant animal parts you can purchase complete raw foods from many pet stores and online like the ones we have reviewed above, the former works out cheaper but the complete meals are hassle-free and a great alternative. 

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There are some things to remember when feeding a raw diet

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    It must contain calcium - around 10-15% of your pet’s diet should be made up of bones such as ribs, chicken wings, duck necks etc. If your dog is not keen or you are worried about choking add some bone meal to their food
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    Limit liver - Although up to 30% of a raw diet can contain organ meat (these are the multi-vitamins) they should be a mixture of kidneys, brains, pancreas, liver, and hearts. Never feed more than 10% liver as this can result in too much vitamin A which can cause health issues.
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    Avoid too much fat - Fat is an essential part of any diet but as with humans too much is not good. The main reason raw fed dogs get too much fat (more than 10%) is from cheap cuts of meat but if you keep an eye on sales you should be able to get low-fat meat like a chicken with no skin, rabbit, and game at a reasonable price.
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    Keep the starch low - while small amounts of starch like a bit of cooked wholegrain rice or porridge oats are not harmful to your four-legged friend large amounts have no nutritional benefits and can lead to allergies, diabetes and other health issues
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    Fish - Raw fish is a great addition to your dog’s diet and if you freeze it first you will eliminate the danger of parasites, be aware however that some dogs can be allergic to fish so avoid if your dog is prone to allergies.
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    Dairy – The same applies to dairy foods some pooches love a yogurt or spoon of cottage cheese and these products can have many beneficial effects on the digestive system but, they do not agree with all dogs

This video is a great raw feeding guide


We have reviewed some of the best raw dog food online, so you don’t have to.

Conclusion

There are pros and cons of a raw food diet; some owners worry about bacteria and parasites, but dogs have very strong saliva and can eat things a human can’t. As long as you are vigilant with worming treatments and buy quality meats there should be no problem.

Always remember to wash your hands after preparing your pet’s meals or wear gloves.

There has been a lot of controversy about processed dog foods recently with some experts declaring feeding your dog products which are full of fillers, chemicals, and rancid fats is the same as consigning them to a life on a fast-food diet, which we all know isn’t healthy.

Feeding a complete balanced raw food diet has tons of benefits for your four-legged friend and once you have done some research is relatively easy and inexpensive, so, give it a try, be the owner your dog deserves. 

John Devlin
 

Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!

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I’ve actually tried all the raw preparations mentioned above (and some that aren’t mentioned) and found them all to be far too ‘mushy’ when thawed out, to resemble real raw meat. For the last couple of years I’ve fed Paleo Ridge Raw, and found it to be fantastic. Makes me feel as though I am feeding proper raw meat to my dogs, and they love it and are thriving on it. I will never feed anything else now!