When you hear the term “natural pet food” you immediately think of dog food that came straight “from the land to your plate”, or the pet’s bowl, in this case. But what exactly is natural pet food? Is it a food that does not have any additive to it, just plain cooked meat or vegetables?
What happens if you add those “natural” additives to it? You have seen commercial foods that claim to be natural pet food. But how can they be natural if they have been processed and bagged?
Let’s take a look at what natural pet food refers to.
The definition of natural pet food
Since there seems to be a confusion about the whole thing, we should just look it up in the dictionary. It defines it as:
“Present in or produced by nature. Conforming to the usual course of nature.”
This pretty much makes it clear that it will refer to you chopping down the plant to feed your dog or cutting down the meat, boil in water and serve. Simple, no additives, preservatives, artificial colorants, etc.
Or even better, you could say that natural food would be a pet’s hunt. Let’s take a look at what the AAFCO says natural food for pets is:
NATURAL – A feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources, either in its unprocessed state or having been subjected to physical processing, heat processing, rendering, purification extraction, hydrolysis, enzymolysis or fermentation, but not having been produced by or subject to a chemically synthetic process and not containing any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic except in amounts as might occur unavoidably in good manufacturing practices.
Naturally, if you go to the store and see the “natural” label on it, you should go to the ingredients. The truth is that this will ultimately depend on what you consider is best for your pet. There is no real consensus on what it is exactly, so you will have to trust your own instinct on this one. For any additional information, feel free to check out the “meat for dogs” article in order to better understand meat role in dogs’ diet.
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