It’s inevitable that you will have questions about K9 Natural because it’s new, it’s different and for many people, it requires a change in the way they think about their dog, and their dog’s dietary requirements.

What changes could I expect to see in my dog if I fed it K9 Natural?
One of the first things owners will notice is a change in their dog’s faeces - they'll become smaller, firmer, drier and not nearly as smelly. This is because K9 Natural is a ‘species-appropriate’ food, meaning it is easily digested and utilised within the dog’s body, and as a result, less comes out as waste. Another benefit of firmer faeces is that they express a dog’s anal glands as they pass through.

After a few weeks, owners will begin to see a noticeable change in their dog's appearance; its coat will be shinier, eyes brighter and its body will look leaner with better muscle definition. Their dog's breath will also improve, especially if he/she is also given bones to chew on. Over time, symptoms of allergies (rashes, hair loss, constant scratching) are likely to disappear.

Behavioural differences can include greater alertness, more energy in previously lacklustre dogs, and a reduction in hyperactivity.

Are there long-term benefits in feeding K9 Natural?
The natural raw wholefoods contained in K9 Natural provide an abundance of nutraceuticals, phytochemicals, anti-oxidants and other anti-aging properties that are enormously beneficial to a dog’s health throughout its life. K9 Natural is a species-appropriate diet which is the best way to prevent degenerative diseases like diabetes and cancer.

Can K9 Natural help prevent or cure allergies?
Numerous customers who have switched their allergy-suffering dogs to K9 Natural have reported remarkable results, with symptoms greatly reduced or eliminated altogether. This would also suggest that a K9 Natural diet is a good way to prevent allergies occurring in the first place.

Lamb is recognised by the World Health Organisation as being the best anti-allergy meat available, so this is a particularly good flavour of K9 Natural to recommend to customers who have allergy-suffering dogs.

Can K9 Natural help my dog to lose weight?
Yes, because it is a high protein diet and free of refined sugars which are often the cause of weight gain (and diabetes). And even though K9 Natural may appear to be higher in fat, it is pure unprocessed, uncooked fat – the kind of fat dogs need for energy.

What grade of meat is used to make K9 Natural?
K9 Natural is made from the same quality meat used for human consumption; the livestock have been vet checked, killed humanely, inspected by government-authorised meat inspectors and processed hygienically. K9 Natural does not contain meat from 'fallen' stock (animals which have died in the field) or diseased or injured animals, nor does it contain waste meat (often called “meat by-products”).

Does K9 Natural meet international pet food standards?
It does better than that. K9 Natural is manufactured to the same standards that apply to the production of food for human consumption, which means that it far exceeds pet food production regulations, including AAFCO standards.

New Zealand has one of the strictest food safety systems in the world and every batch of K9 Natural is verified and certified by government officials to meet strict export standards. K9 Natural Food Limited has systems in place to enable it to trace every ingredient from its source, right down to the day an egg was laid. K9 Natural Food Limited also voluntarily batch tests its product – something that is not required of pet food.

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If I feed my dog K9 Natural, can I still feed biscuits or table scraps too?
Biscuits can contain salt, sugar, preservatives, wheat - the list goes on. Feeding biscuits in addition to K9 Natural is only likely to have a negative effect on a dog (weight gain, stomach upsets) and the same applies to table scraps. If the customer wants to be able to give their dog a few treats, suggest that they try K9 Natural Treats. Alternatively, a small piece of cheese now and then is an alternative treat.

Is it OK to feed K9 Natural to a pregnant or lactating bitch?
K9 Natural is ideal for pregnant and lactating bitches. The crushed bone adds plenty of calcium for the young growing foetus, nature's minerals and vitamins are in abundance, as are omega 3 and 6 oils. Owners should be reminded to increase the quantity and frequency of feeding during pregnancy and lactation.

Is K9 Natural suitable for puppies?
Yes, in fact puppies fed K9 Natural develop exceptionally good bone structure and general health. Puppies can be introduced to K9 Natural as soon as they’ve been weaned. For the first few weeks, puppies should have a little warm water added to K9 Natural to ensure an easy to swallow consistency.

What is the shelf life of K9 Natural?
Frozen K9 Natural (if available in your country) can be stored in a freezer for up to a year. Once thawed it will last for at least three days but should be kept in a refrigerator in an airtight container. Freeze Dried K9 Natural has a 2 year shelf life if stored correctly, but once reconstituted, it must be refrigerated and discarded if unused within three days.

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K9 Natural is uncooked so how do I know that it’s safe to feed and free of parasites and bacteria like e-coli and salmonella?
Any raw meat can contain bacteria, including meat intended for human consumption. K9 Natural meat is tested for bacteria counts before being manufactured and then again afterwards to ensure that all product sold to customers is of the highest standard.

K9 Natural is blast frozen at -37C for seven days, a process which severely inhibits any bacteria that might be present. Some bacteria may be 'revived' when the meat is thawed, but providing normal hygiene practices are followed, and any food over three days old is discarded, the chances of the customer or their dog falling ill due to these bacteria are virtually non-existent.

Dogs’ stomachs pass food through very quickly, giving little – if any - chance for the bacteria to cause any illness. Bacteria are actually more of a problem for humans because we take much longer to digest our food, making us far more vulnerable to bacteria-related illnesses.

Isn’t garlic bad for dogs?
There is a study which concluded that garlic can be detrimental to dogs, however, the study states that a dog would need to eat more than 30g a day for it to have an adverse effect. Even if a dog ate 1kg of K9 Natural a day, it would consume less than 1g of garlic.

Garlic is included in K9 Natural because it is a good source of Selenium (which is a micronutrient) and because it is recognised as one of nature’s natural antibiotics. It can also assist in the removal of stomach mucus, which helps to prevent infestations of worms.

Is it essential to feed bones?
It is essential even though the ground bone in K9 Natural provides sufficient calcium. If the customer can source raw meaty bones, it is highly recommended for their dog’s good oral health (helping to prevent plaque, tartar and gum disease) and as a stimulating enrichment activity.

Can bones splinter and damage a dog's throat or intestine?
This is the biggest fear people have about feeding bones. A dog’s digestive system has evolved to digest raw bones with great efficiency and safety as mentioned before so long as the stomach PH is correct. Wolves, dogs, dingos, foxes etc worldwide eat raw meaty bones on a daily basis and have done so for thousands of years. Providing only raw meaty bones are fed, the risk of harm is extremely low.

Can bones cause a dog to choke?
Dogs will find, chew and attempt to swallow all sorts of things including toys, shoes, stones, balls, TV remotes, corn cobs etc. Raw meaty bones are rarely the cause of choking. If a customer has a particular concern over choking, suggest that they choose larger bones so size appropriate (i.e. you wouldn’t feed a Great Dane a chicken neck) so raw meaty bones which are great for chewing but difficult to swallow whole.

Can the consumption of too much calcium impede the absorption of other beneficial nutrients?
It can, but K9 Natural does not exceed recommended daily intakes of calcium or phosphorous and a bone a day will also not impede the absorption of other beneficial nutrients.

Is it OK for puppies to have bones?
Absolutely - providing they are raw. Pups grow rapidly and need lots of calcium for bone development - chewing and eating bones provides the calcium they need. Small, soft bones such as chicken wings and chicken necks are ideal as they contain the right meat and bone ratio for a young, growing pup. Puppies can be given their first bones at five weeks old.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What changes could I expect to see in my dog if I fed it K9 Natural?

Are there long-term benefits in feeding K9 Natural?

Can K9 Natural help prevent or cure allergies?

Can K9 Natural help my dog to lose weight?

What grade of meat is used to make K9 Natural?

Does K9 Natural meet international pet food standards?

If I feed my dog K9 Natural, can I still feed biscuits or table scraps too?

Is it OK to feed K9 Natural to a pregnant or lactating bitch?

Is K9 Natural suitable for puppies?

What is the shelf life of K9 Natural?

K9 Natural is uncooked so how do I know that it’s safe to feed and free of parasites and bacteria like e-coli and salmonella?

Isn’t garlic bad for dogs?

Is it essential to feed bones?

Can bones splinter and damage a dog's throat or intestine?

Can bones cause a dog to choke?

Can the consumption of too much calcium impede the absorption of other beneficial nutrients?

Is it OK for puppies to have bones?