There is a degree of truth in the phrase ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’; studies have shown that a raw food diet, combining quality protein and vegetables, is substantially better for your pet than processed tins and kibble, which often contain more carbohydrate ‘filler’ than is necessary for your pup. The issue with this method, however, is that owners are then responsible for sourcing and preparing the raw ingredients for this type of diet while ensuring that they include the right balance of key nutrients.
Established in 1975 and based out of two factories in our editor’s homeland of Keighley, CobbyDog is a local, family-run business that knows more than a thing or two about canine nutrition. Famous for their cold-pressed foods, that provide a convenient alternative to raw feeding, I spoke to owner Chris who, with 28 years in the business, explained where CobbyDog got its start, and what makes their products fly off the shelves,
“Dad wanted out of the butchering trade and my uncle was coming out of the navy, so they combined their knowledge and started, in a garage, sieving dried meat through the old gold mining pans you see in the westerns and selling potatoes, and then it grew from there. That would have been 44 years ago, and it’s since been taken over by me, my brother, my sister and my two cousins.”
Cobbydog has a history of success in the dog-food market, but what makes them truly unique, is that they are one of the only companies in the UK currently producing cold-pressed dog food – a type of feed that is made using very low temperatures, which helps to preserve the heat-sensitive enzymes and fibres, as well as all the natural aromas and flavours within the ingredients. Thus, resulting in a feed with greater digestibility, nutritional value and flavour. This unique method means that cold-pressed dog food has the nutritional benefits of raw feeding, with all the convenience of dry food,
“We start by buying the finest ingredients; everything we use for our dog food comes from the same places that your own food does – all of our ingredients come from the human food chain. Then, we mix them, continuously monitoring quality. Cold-pressed dog food is more digestible – for example, if you have a cup of water and you drop some kibble in the water, it would expand and just sit there. But, if you put the cold-pressed into it, it would break down a lot quicker. Cold-pressed seems to be very popular at the moment – it is 100% natural and as close to raw feeding as you can get. We’re one of only two or three companies in England who make the product.”
What’s more, Cobbydog’s cold-pressed dog food comes with TurmerAid™: a bespoke blend of turmeric, linseed Oil, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and yucca that was invented by The Golden Paste Company and is pre-mixed into Cobbydog’s cold-pressed dog food. Why? Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and wound healing properties that help to fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease and gastrointestinal issues while maintaining healthy joints, shiny coats, and a strong immune system.
“Our cold-pressed dog food with added TurmerAid™ is ready to feed which means no more mess – we have done all the mixing and measuring for you. TurmerAid™ is endorsed by Dr Doug English, an Australian Veterinarian of more than 40 years; he has been using Turmeric as a food supplement in his patients for years with incredible results, and is the founder of the Turmeric User Group which has over 250,000 followers!”
Besides their cold-pressed products, Cobbydog also produces their own complete kibble, including specialist gluten and grain-free varieties to suit all dietary requirements, as well as protein pellets, bio-degradable dog waste bags, a plethora of treats and even cat-food and cat litter. However, it’s the cold-pressed products that not only make Cobbydog stand out, but have allowed them to expand to an international market.
Want to test it out? You can order a sample for your pup from their website, which is full of information on the benefits of switching to cold-pressed dog food as well as advice on dog-rearing and nutrition, and if you sign up to their newsletter, you’ll get 10% off! So, if you’re looking to get your dog as fit as a butcher’s, why not try fuelling them with food that was invented by one?