Healthy Pet Month - Anna Webb
Guest Blog: Anna Webb
Anna, a well established Nutritionist and Behaviourist explores what is causing so many health conditions in our dogs today. Read on for expert views!
Chicken is a great addition to your dog’s diet. Sourcing good quality, ethical meat is incredibly important in terms of nutritional value. Did you know that all our chicken is free to roam and comes from organic farms?
Chicken is a great addition to your dog’s diet. Sourcing good quality, ethical meat is incredibly important in terms of nutritional value. Did you know that all our chicken is free to roam and comes from organic farms? Read on to learn more about the benefits of feeding raw chicken and more about our sourcing policy.
Raw chicken is packed full of a whole range of various vitamins and minerals which provide excellent health benefits for your dog. Whilst cooking chicken is not necessarily bad for your dog, it does deplete the B vitamins and the minerals too. Therefore, feeding raw food is substantially more nutritious than cooked food.
Dried foods that include chicken often include preservatives and other additives that can further deplete the nutritional value. Chicken can sometimes be mistakenly blamed for allergic reactions but in some cases, dogs are actually reacting to the preservatives that have been added to the food. We recommend carrying out an exclusion diet, feeding single proteins at one time to identify allergies. If you would like assistance with this, please speak to our customer services team.
Below is a list of the vitamins and minerals found in raw chicken and their benefits to your furry friend:
As you know, at Paleo Ridge we feel very strongly about ethically sourcing meat. All our chicken is organic and free to roam, so you can be sure your dog is getting the highest quality meat. The chickens are not fed antibiotics, they get plenty of fresh air and sunlight which means they absorb Vitamin D from the Sun. Battery and caged hens only contain trace elements of Vitamin D through their lack of exposure to the Sun. This is why free to roam chicken is very important for the nutritional value as well as ethical values too. We visit our farms on a regular basis to ensure high standards are met and maintained.
Chicken is considered to be a common culprit for intolerances. This is mainly because of how the chickens are farmed or the preservatives and additives that are included in processed foods. Chickens kept in poor conditions and fed cheap grains containing antibiotics can flare up an intolerance. Harsh chemicals and cheap feeds affect the meat; as the meat is eaten by your dog so they will in turn ingest these chemicals.
The common signs of an intolerance are:
If you suspect your dog has a chicken intolerance, we recommend that you do not feed chicken for 3-4 weeks and keep track of their symptoms. If they lessen, you should most likely avoid chicken for a while. It’s not to say they can never have chicken again; they may only be able to tolerate it in small doses. Once your dog is symptom free, you can look to introduce some organic chicken once a week. If your dog presents no symptoms, you can include a small amount of chicken in their diet. If they flare up after reintroducing, it would be best to avoid going forward.
For more information or guidance, please speak to our customer service team.
We offer a range of different chicken products. They are:
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