Kiwis are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to raw and freeze dried pet foods, offering us Ziwipeak, Sunday Pets, and also K9 Natural which I’ll review here. These diets are expensive but more in keeping with a natural canine diet, which is great if you can afford it.
The K9 Natural Freeze Dried range come in the form of dried “raw” pellets which you add warm water to to re-hydrate before feeding. It’s a novel idea but it’s a good one, especially for cats (the Feline Natural range). This food offers a raw diet with the convenience of a dry food – that’s something not to be sniffed at! There’s also a frozen raw range which is even more in keeping with a natural diet, so check that out too.
The comments I hear most about this food are the cost per kilo which seems excessive compared to other kibbles, so it’s worth understanding a bit about freeze drying to put this into perspective. Your average chicken breast or piece of beef is mostly water, around 70%. Freeze drying will extract the water content and leave the important part of the meat with all nutritional content intact. What that means, with K9 Natural being mostly meat, is 1 kilo of this stuff was significantly more in weight prior to freeze drying.
Let’s take a look at Beef Feast, and assume the Lamb and Venison formulas are on par with the rating. The beef and lamb formulas are moderate protein and high fat, and the venison formula is very high protein and moderate fat. Sadly the Chicken formula isn’t available in Australia.
The first ingredient is beef, a meat that provides all 10 amino acids necessary for a dog to sustain life. The company makes a bold statement that all meat is fit for human consumption, which suggests a very high quality inclusion. We find beef blood, beef bone, beef tripe, and beef liver making up the bulk of ingredients – they may sound unappealing to us, but these are excellent ingredients for a dog, providing a range of nutrients and natural calcium. Beef heart and beef kidney are found further down the ingredients list, ensuring this really is a beefy diet.
Eggs are included as an additional source of protein and are easily digestible.
We find a range of highly beneficial vegetables, including cabbage which is high in anti-oxidents, broccoli which is anti-carcinogenic and rife in vitamin C. Chard (silverbeet) is not often seen in a pet food, but is exceptionally high in vitamins and minerals. Another wonderful inclusion is the New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel which work wonders for joint health and preventing osteoarthritis. It’s a great source of glucosamine and omega fats. We find these in most New Zealand foods including Ziwipeak and Sunday Pets. These are all great inclusions.
The minerals in the food are proteinate, which is the best, most expensive inclusion of minerals. This is excellent to see. Beta Carotene strengthens the immune system, helps prevent allergies, and slows the effects of ageing.
There’s nothing bad in the food. No grains or fillers, and I estimate the percentage of carbs to be very low which is fantastic. It’s worth noting the food is high in fat, but due to low carbs I’m sure your dog will be utilising the fat for energy. If you’re concerned about high fat then consider the venison formula. Not many foods are so much in keeping with a natural canine diet.
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Beef, Beef Blood, Beef Tripe, Eggs, Beef Liver, Beef Heart, Beef Bone, Sunflower Oil, Brown Kelp, Flaxseed Flake, Beef kidney, Cabbage, Broccoli, Chard, Carrot, Cauliflower, Dried Kelp, Calcium Carbonate, Apple, Pear, New Zealand Green Mussel, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Selenium Yeast
So much meat, blood, and organs - rich in nutrients Tripe! Carbohydrates? What are carbohydrates? No fillers!