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Raw Dog Food vs. Fresh: Which Should You Choose?

ByEditorial TeamFeb 18, 2024

My dog Pismo has more energy than a toddler on a sugar rush, but as she’s gotten older, I’ve noticed that she’s starting to slow down a little. Combined with countless kibble-related incidents (read: tragic carpet stains), I’ve been on the quest to find the Holy Grail of dog food for Pismo (and my sanity).

After tasting (not literally!) the world of doggie cuisine, two contenders have risen to the top: Little Hunter’s Raw Chicken Recipe and A Pup Above’s Chicka Chicka Bow Wow. Let’s dig into these, paw first!

If you’re looking for a more natural diet… Go Little Hunter

What I love about Little Hunter’s Raw Chicken Recipe is its wholehearted embrace of the raw diet, which, if you didn’t know, is simply uncooked, animal-based, and grain-free food. Little Hunter takes it up a notch, with no added hormones or antibiotics and definitely no protein fillers. Just fresh, whole ingredients ready for Pismo’s belly. 

On the other hand, A Pup Above’s Chicka Chicka Bow Wow, while made with human-grade ingredients, still goes through a cooking process. There’s something about the untouched purity of raw food that just feels right. So, in this battle, Little Hunter takes the win.

If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck… Look no further than Little Hunter

When it comes to feeding my fur-baby, I’d sell my left kidney if I had to, but luckily with Little Hunter, I don’t. A 15 oz. bag of this raw goodness only sets me back $33.99.

Now compare that with A Pup Above’s pricing, which costs $79.98 for a 3lb bag. Little Hunter is about a dollar more expensive per ounce than A Pup Above, but hear me out: the benefits of raw vs. cooked outweigh this difference for me, and with the way Pismo’s health has improved, Little Hunter comes out on top for value. 

If you’re concerned about health benefits… Little Hunter for the win

The benefits of raw food are seriously mind-blowing. Since switching to Little Hunter, Pismo’s coat is shinier than a newly waxed Ferrari, his teeth are cleaner than a dental ad, and his energy levels? Well, let’s just say he could give the Energizer Bunny a run for its money. 

A Pup Above’s Chicka Chicka Bow Wow promises balanced nutrition, but the benefits of Little Hunter’s raw food diet – heart health, joint mobility, allergy relief, digestive health – are hard to argue with. So, in the fight for overall health benefits, Little Hunter takes the crown.

If you’re after convenience… Let’s call it a tie

Now, I’m all about convenience. Both Little Hunter and A Pup Above deliver here. Little Hunter’s Raw Chicken Recipe is ready to eat straight from the bag, while A Pup Above’s pouches are easy to store and serve. For Pismo and me, mealtime is a breeze no matter which we choose. So in the convenience competition, it’s a fair tie.

My overall winner… Little Hunter

So, there you have it folks! In the grand spectacle of dog food face-offs, Little Hunter’s Raw Chicken Recipe emerges as the reigning champion, scoring wins in natural diet, value for money, and health benefits, with a tie in convenience. This isn’t just about my personal preference – Pismo’s tail wags with approval too.

Switching to Little Hunter hasn’t just made Pismo happier and healthier; it’s brought a level of energy that I’ve never experienced before. Now, if only they made human food too…