We became gradually interested in nutrition as we began to see patterns in the dogs we've worked with over the last 7 years. We began noticing that those dogs on a more natural and less processed diet not only behaved better, they arrived to day care much calmer and generally stayed calmer throughout the day. Another observation was their poo was a lot smaller and firmer, all massive pro's for someone caring for lots of dogs at a time!
This coincided with Ryan rescuing his Border Collie Ivar, so he naturally he wanted to know what would be best to feed the little land shark he'd brought into his home. Ryan tried a 'high quality' dry food at first but made the switch to the raw diet around 9 months after a lot of research and has never looked back. The changes were so dramatic that he swapped his family's dogs, his extended family's dogs and once again saw incredible changes in their health. It was obvious that more people and their dogs should get these benefits so The Stablecroft Raw Food Shop was created.
A one stop shop for all things raw and natural. Fingers crossed that one day, dogs everywhere will be enjoying a biologically appropriate diet so they don't just survive as they have been doing for decades, but instead.. THRIVE! We strive to take all the pressure out of food shopping for your dogs.
Being a family run business with a passion for raw dog food, as well as specially formulated natural supplements, we offer superior quality food for all your dog nutritional requirements.
Our human grade food has no artificial fillers or preservatives. All meat and bone is DEFRA approved , ethically sourced and just as nature intended. We carefully select the companies we work with and are very proud to partner with some incredibly ethical brands across the UK.
Based in Reading, Berkshire we have a small but amazing shop to view all of our treats, bones, toys, training equipment and each raw food brand. We provide a bespoke home delivery service, covering all surrounding areas. Opening hours & delivery areas on the 'Raw Food Shop' page.
We could post pages and pages of the benefits of a more natural diet but instead we'll give a brief explanation of the raw diet followed by a video link to a very revered vet named Dr.Becker. Take a little time to learn about your dogs different nutrition options (they don't vary in price like you might think!).
The Raw Food Diet
The drive of this approach is towards a wild-type diet. The dog has evolved over thousands of years to eat certain raw foods. These foods then, logically, must be best suited to optimal health. There is an argument that dogs in different geographical areas of the world will have evolved to eat variations on this basic wild diet.
I think this is probably the case, but the degree that this affects the dog is minimal compared to the quantum shift from commercial to raw food.
The Canid in the wild is essentially a hunter/scavenger. It will be eating a very varied diet based mainly on hunted and scavenged ruminant and small mammal carcases, scavenge fruit, berries nuts and roots etc. When they eat a carcase, they start with the viscera, including the gut content (liquidised raw grass, cereal and vegetable matter), then move onto muscle and other tissues. They are finally left with bones on which to chew.