Cotswold RAW Dog Food Review

This is our Cotswold RAW dog food review.

We spend a lot of time searching for the right foods for mine and H’s food intolerances as well as finding recipes to suit our needs.  It has struck me that I do not tend to do the same for Floppy dog.  After being asked to try Floppy with Cotswold RAW dog food for this review, it has got me thinking more about what I actually feed her.

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Tinned Dog Food and Biscuits

Floppy has a diet of tinned dog food and dog biscuits.  Previously, I started her off with left overs from our foods with her biscuits.  She didn’t always react well to them so we tried out a few different types of biscuits and tinned dog foods to see which worked best with her.

Cooked vs Raw Dog Food

I have always given my dog cooked dog food.  As humans eat cooked food, I always thought that dogs should do the same.  When we received Cotswold RAW dog food, it was a strange concept to me to give my dog the raw meat.  Cooking can inadvertently destroy some of the nutrients that dogs need.  Also, tinned dog food smells awful sometimes.  I know it is not meant to appeal to me, as a human, but it never looks or smells appetising to me.

Here is a quote from the Cotswold RAW website that explains why raw food may be best for dogs:

Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF)™ diets contain fresh raw meat and bones, seasonal fruit and vegetables and natural minerals and are designed to replicate a dog’s natural diet.

Dogs and cats are carnivores and the structure of their teeth, jaws and digestive system is designed to deal with natural prey. Our Cotswold RAW complete meals provide all the benefits of this natural species-appropriate diet, delivered to your door and in easy to handle sausages or mince form.

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Cotswold RAW Dog Food Review

We were given four packs of dog food.  I put three in the freezer and gave Floppy some of the fourth packet.   The packs last for 48 to 72 hours if put in the refrigerator.  This was the 80/20 active mince, which comes in 500g or 1kg packs.  This contained 80% raw meat and bone with 20% high quality carbohydrates and natural herbal supplements.

The ingredients for this were: British beef, beef heart, beef liver, chicken bone, free range eggs, fresh seasonal vegetables (carrots, broccoli, parsnip or kale), milled flaxseed, kelp, cayenne, dandelion, alfalfa, spirulina, nettle leaf, turmeric and thyme.

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Did Floppy like the Raw Dog Food?

Even though the dog food was raw, I thought it smelt delicious.  It looked very appetising too.  Floppy seemed to like the smell of the raw food and tried it straight away.  She couldn’t wait to taste it.

Cotswold RAW dog Food review - Floppy waiting patiently for her raw dog food.
Floppy waiting patiently for her raw dog food.

She took a bite then dropped it again, gave it a sniff and had another go.  It was clear that she knew that this was a different kind of meal than the ones she was used to.  With the raw food on its own, Floppy wouldn’t eat it.  After I mixed it in with some of her usual dog biscuits, she happily at a good amount of the raw food.  I think that this was such a different kind of meal for her that she was suspicious of it.

The pack was eaten over three meals.  The Cotswold RAW website and the packets have more information about how much different sized dogs are recommended to eat.

Packs are currently priced at around £2.15 for 500g or £3.95 for 1kg.  I think this is good value for the quality of the product.  It didn’t leave me guessing as to what was in the food that my dog was consuming, as tinned food often does.  Benefits of this food can include a shiner coat, less digestive issues and an improvement in behaviour.  I’m not sure Floppy has had enough of this food to tell if it has improved these things about her yet.

Floppy tried out the 80/20 raw mince meal.
Floppy tried out the 80/20 raw mince meal.

Overall, I think this is an appealing product.  I like that it looks appetising and it smells delicious.  I think that if your dog is used to cooked food, it takes a little time to get them used to raw food.  Mixing it with their usual biscuits worked well for us.

You can find more by searching the hashtag #CotswoldRaw.

Disclosure: We were given four packs of Cotswold RAW dog food for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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