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Raw Pet Food: Getting Meaty
The inventory includes raw brands of pet food. Read on to learn why some pet owners prefer them.
It’s hard to imagine a pack of wolves circling excitedly around a big bowl of oatmeal, or a pride of lions stalking a sack of flour. While the decision to give any given pet raw food may be more complex than that, a key component of the raw philosophy is the idea that dogs’ distant evolutionary ancestors wouldn’t have eaten grains, which typically need human processing to be edible. In place of corn or wheat, raw foods normally have higher levels of meat-based protein, although dry foods still need some form of starch—often potatoes or other vegetables—to bind everything together. Because of the greater meat content, raw food tends to be more expensive, but pets also tend to need less of it to feel satisfied and stop asking for dessert.
Seeing the grandeur of the great carnivores in your Pomeranian’s eyes isn’t the only reason to consider raw food. Like humans, pets can develop food allergies, which can manifest in symptoms such as licking or scratching; specific grains can be to blame. And premium foods in general typically use higher-quality ingredients of all kinds.
Doggie Chop N.Y.C.
Doggie Chop N.Y.C.'s philosophy for feeding dogs is simple: canines are carnivores. Their bodies are naturally inclined to digest meat, and so feeding them raw, unadulterated cuts—the type that they would consume in the wild or during a butcher-shop heist—will lead to healthier pups. The cuisine is a far cry from the overprocessed ingredients that compose most dog chow. Crafted in consultation with two veterinarians, Doggie Chop's menu consists of hand-cut USDA-certified meat raised on a 100% vegetarian diet without the use of hormones or antibiotics. The meats, which include chicken, lamb, turkey, and beef, all sourced from a meat-packing district in Manhattan. Each morsel moves from the butcher to customers' doorsteps in six days, packed frozen in vacuum-sealed bags.