June 25, 2017

Natures Menu research reveals 60% of dogs suffer from health problems

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Natures Menu, the UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, has commissioned research revealing 60% of British dogs suffer from health problems.

The research of over 1,000 dog owners in the UK* has revealed two thirds of dogs suffer from some sort of health issue, such as allergies, dental or stomach problems. Bad breath is the most common problem (26%) and over 20% admit their dog is overweight. Despite this, over 60% of owners aren’t aware that poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of health issues such as these, which, according to Natures Menu, can be vastly improved by changing to a raw diet.

Of the owners surveyed, the research has also revealed a lack of understanding of what really goes into our dogs’ food. Almost a quarter (23%) of dog owners admit to paying little or no attention to what’s on the label of the current dog food they purchase and over 10% say they don’t really know what’s healthy or nutritious for their furry friend. Men (32%) are less likely to check the label on their dog food versus women (36%) and similarly women (29%) are more aware of what’s healthy for their dog compared to their male counterparts (27%).

Raw feeding aims to give dogs a diet appropriate to their digestive system and as close as possible to what they might have eaten as wild animals. It has been shown on countless occasions to make an extraordinary difference to a pet’s health and wellbeing.

Craig Taylor, Managing Director of Natures Menu, said: “As a nation, we all care so much about our furry friends and this should extend to what we’re feeding them too.

“Raw feeding not only has its benefits in terms of nourishment and easy digestion, but has also been shown to help alleviate a number of health issues, such as chronic skin and digestive problems. This research has shown that as an industry we should work together to educate consumers on the importance of good nutrition in ensuring a healthy, and ultimately happy, pet.”

Produced in Norfolk, Natures Menu’s products are DEFRA and veterinary approved, made with ethically sourced human grade meat and wholesome ingredients. The company is committed to ensuring the meats used come with the highest welfare standards and traceability, are ethically reared, and where possible deal directly with the grower, farmer or meat provider.

TV Wildlife Expert Chris Packham, who feeds his poodle Scratchy raw, said: “I’ve seen a massive difference in Scratchy since switching to a Natures Menu raw diet. He has so much more energy and the condition of his coat and teeth have improved massively. I would really encourage people to check what they’re feeding their dog and take note of any health issues they might be experiencing – I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending a raw diet to any fellow dog owner.”

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