As you may have seen on Echo’s Favorite Products page, Northwest Naturals is one of our favorite raw brands. I was very glad to meet the Northwest Naturals team at the Global Pet Expo this year. I typically feed my dogs their frozen formulas, so I was eager to try their freeze dried as well.
Echo and I recently made a road trip in May to go to the BlogPaws 2017 conference in Myrtle Beach. Obviously frozen food is not road trip friendly. In order to continue to feed Echo his raw food, I brought Northwest Naturals freeze dried food along with us. Freeze dried food is a great option for raw feeders when traveling, camping, or even boarding your dog.
What makes Northwest Naturals different from other raw brands?
I love Northwest Naturals because of the quality of their ingredients, the high standards they have for their suppliers, and because of their high standard for themselves and their production. All of Northwest Naturals ingredients are sourced from the USA, except for their Lamb, which is sourced in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. All of the meats that they use are USDA inspected and pass the USDA inspection. The salmon in the formula that I used for Echo is Wild Alaskan caught salmon and their beef, bison, and lamb are all grass fed. All of the produce they use is locally sourced to their factory and comes with a written guarantee from the suppliers. The vitamins and minerals they use are human grade, which they say have a better absorption than non-human grade. They have a USDA inspector on site for all production to insure that their products are good quality. Northwest Naturals also uses High Pressure Processing (HPP) with chilled water to break down the cell walls of food borne pathogens like Salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria, without damaging the nutritional value of the food (so, no damage to the proteins, fibers, fats, enzymes, or other nutrients.) I can use Northwest Naturals and feel confident that my dogs are getting high quality food that is good for them. Unfortunately, that cannot be said for every brand of dog food on the market, even some brands that appear to be high quality.
What did Echo think of the food?
Echo loved the freeze dried raw from Northwest Naturals. Northwest Naturals uses the same ingredients for their freeze dried as they do their frozen food, so eating their freeze dried was not that big of a change for Echo. The bag does not say that you have to rehydrate the nuggets, but I added a little water to them anyway. However, the bag does say to make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water while feeding freeze dried food.
Overall, I believe Northwest Naturals is an above average raw brand. Their products are high quality and USDA inspected. Northwest Naturals’ frozen raw has been one of my favorite foods and I felt that their freeze dried food was just as great. I think the freeze dried formulas are especially convenient for people who do not have room in their freezer for frozen raw, to use as a food topper, or to use when you are traveling. I would highly recommend this food to any dog owner and will continue to use it for my dogs.
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Thanks for reading,
Katie, Gracie, and Echo