Commercial, highly processed dog food has only been with us since the 1950’s, and there has been a resultant explosion in the number of illnesses affecting dogs due to these high‐carb, low animal protein foods full of fillers, sugars and ‘meat’ derivatives (a generic term for animal proteins which avoids having to specify where the meat comes from).
Mass produced dog foods may seem quick and convenient to feed but they come nowhere near to providing the nutritional content of a dog’s natural diet. Simply put, dogs are not genetically engineered to consume the high carbohydrate contents in some of these foods (which can be over 75% of the product, with less than 4% ‘protein’).
Owners are finding themselves making regular trips to their vets – skin or coat, obesity, digestive or behavioural – that can usually be linked to a dog’s diet.
Feeding Poppy’s Picnic – a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) diet – provides your dog with essential, healthy vitamins, minerals and natural oils. It can also help them lose excess body fat and improve muscle tone.
Free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavourings, Poppy’s Picnic does not contain cereals, grains or fillers ‐ major causes of allergies. Our food does contains enzymes (such as green tripe) that help ensure proper digestion and aid the absorption of nutrients to keep your dog in tip-top condition.
How to Feed Raw
We all want our dogs to live a long, healthy and happy life. By providing them with the best natural food nature can provide, you will be doing the best to ensure this.
Changing your dog’s diet to raw is easy and just takes a couple of tweaks to your daily schedule. Here’s some helpful advice to make the switch.
The amount to feed depends on several factors including breed, age and activity levels. Adult dogs fed raw need 2–3% of their body weight (which might seem low if you are used to feeding them highly processed commercial foods). As a responsible owner you are already watching your dog’s weight and understand that if they are becoming a little heavy you need to feed less, or if they are looking a little lean, a bit more.
We recommend a complete change of diet, fed twice a day. Yesterday processed, today healthy – simple! If your dog does have some digestive issues you can instigate a gradual change by mixing in Poppy’s Picnic with their old food, increasing the proportion over 3 days.