May 28, 2018

Why feed dehydrated dog food?

Air dried raw food is very different to the canned and kibble food most dog owners feed. It takes things back to basics – replicating the natural, delicious raw diet dogs thrive on in the wild, while making it easy to use and store – just add water, stir and serve. Read on to find out what makes it so nutritious, the benefits it provides to your dog and why it’s so easy to use….

What is air dried or dehydrated dog food?

Air drying and dehydrating has been used for centuries to preserve food naturally, locking in the nutrients in fresh ingredients. At our solar-powered kitchen we’ve developed a process that takes those traditional methods up a level, gently air drying meat, bone, organs, vegetables, fruits and vegetables with precision.

Fresh ingredients
chilled fast

We fast-chill all our meat at source and collect the freshest produce from all across Australia.


Air dried
to lock in nutrition

We gently air dry those ingredients in our solar-powered dryers at approximately 60C for up to 24 hours, destroying any nasties but preserving nutrients

Delivering the healthiest
food & treats

The result are delicious air dried food and treats packed with all the nutrition of those fresh ingredients

Evolved on raw

Dogs have evolved and thrived on a natural, raw diet for millions of years for two main reasons:

It’s nutritious – there’s a huge range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients in a whole prey diet. From joint-boosting chondroitin sulphate in bones to a bounty of B vitamins in liver…… each element is important. Cooking and processing destroys some of this nutritional value, particularly for fragile nutrients like antioxidants and Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids, which is why minimal interference delivers maximum nutrition.​

It’s easily digestible – dogs’ digestive systems have evolved to get the most from moist, natural, raw foods. There’s a whole microbiome of gut flora that’s evolved to synthesise vitamins, metabolise acids, ferment fibre and kill pathogens on a raw food diet. Moisture in pet food is natural critical part of the digestion process and ensures gut health and immunity, can be at their best. Artificial ingredients, heavy processing and cooking provides an unnatural diet that has been shown to stress normal bodily functions and unnecessarily challenges the digestion system.


what does healthy food mean for your dog?

A healthy dog starts with a healthy diet. Eating a balanced, healthy raw diet supports the following benefits:

It’s easy, safe and clean

Air dried food makes raw feeding very easy. Here’s how:

It’s simple – we’ve put in many years ensuring our recipes mimic a natural diet in the wild and contain the natural balance of nutrients dogs need to thrive. Our foods are complete and balanced great for any breed or age of dog from puppies to elders.

It keeps for a long time – the air drying process preserves the raw ingredients without adding artificial preservatives, meaning your dog gets the benefits or air dried raw and you don’t have to handle messy raw meats from the fridge or freezer. Our foods also keep for up to 18 months after opening.

It’s small – air drying draws out the moisture in the food which makes it easier to store and carry. Every 1kg of our Balanced Life Rehydrate food for example is made from 4kg of fresh ingredients, so no more lugging huge bags of food from cupboards and cars.

It’s easy to prepare – our recipes require very simple (or no) preparation, saving time that might be spent preparing homemade foods

The more air dried raw food the better

Natural, balanced diets with minimal cooking or processing, like our air dried raw foods, maintain the nutrition in the fresh ingredients. Every bit of air dried raw food you add to your dog’s bowl will help support a long, happy, healthy life.

Why dehydrated or air dried raw dog food? Balanced Life