Human vs Pet Nutrition

Human vs Pet Nutrition

Human vs Pet Nutrition

Hands up if your dog has become an equal member of the family at home?! I am talking couch privileges, on the bed access, and dare I say it, sharing your dinner with you! I don’t blame you, because I can categorically say my little lady Chia has all of the above and probably more. I think she thinks she is human sometimes with the luxurious treatment she gets at home. But the question is, how far do we take it, and should we just be cooking double when it comes to mealtime? Well, yes and no, let me explain.

Although I eat really healthy meals, and most of the ingredients are considered pet-friendly, I don’t cook double at dinner time and serve the leftovers to Chia. What I do though is follow to my own health principles when it comes to what I feed her. So even though she doesn’t get a look in for this Butter Chicken wrapped up in Naan Bread. I can guarantee her health and wellbeing is in optimal condition because her nutrition is top-notch, and a significant priority for me.


I base Chia’s nutrition of my own personal nutrition ethos and it is incredible how many pillars align when we compare. Much like I look for natural foods, natural pet nutrition is a priority for me. I am all about celebrating real ingredients and I equally look for that in Chia’s food. And like their humans, pets should be celebrating quality meat, balanced nutrients, and food that looks after you on the inside and out. Not to mention proudly supporting Australian made.

So being that I can’t cook Chia meal for meal what I have each day, I created a checklist of priorities, so I could align her diet and wellbeing with my overall health approach, and this is what I came up with when choosing food suitable for her.

Chia’s food must be:

  • Nutrient-dense
  • Real food
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Designed explicitly for canine health
  • The option of Grain Free (Just like her daddy!)

Taking this list into account, I discovered Black Hawk, who celebrate what is known as The Real Food Movement for Pets. And considering I have been harping on about Real Food Movement for humans for over ten years both personally and professionally, it certainly made sense to me.

What makes me incredibly happy and gives me a sense of security as a pet owner is that each ingredient matters to Black Hawk. Knowing that the original Black Hawk recipe was developed by a passionate dog breeder who simply applied this thinking to their dog’s diet gave me a great sense of security with my choice. The breeder searched for ingredients that had a nutritional benefit and removed those that didn’t. And just how I eat for optimal health and performance, every ingredient in Black Hawk pet food has a functional benefit.

Now I have a little quiz for you. I am going to list off several ingredients, and as I read them, I want you to decide which ones are ingredients I eat most days, and which ones are found in a typical bag of Black Hawk dog food. Ok, here goes.

  • Rosemary.
  • Pumpkin.
  • Apples.
  • Oats.
  • Beef.
  • Beet Pulp.
  • Berries.
  • Carrots.
  • Chicken.
  • Cashews.
  • Chicory Root.
  • Dandelion.
  • Eggs.
  • Emu Oil.
  • Kangaroo.
  • Sea Kelp.
  • Sweet Potato.

Ok, you got your lists together? Drum roll, please...

I can proudly say that every single ingredient listed is in Black Hawk pet food. And did you notice anything interesting as you read through them? They are all fit for human consumption. And not just average human consumption, these ingredients are incredibly good for us, meaning they are just excellent for our dogs too. So I can proudly say what’s good for Chia is good enough for me and vice versa.

Now you noticed I touched on the fact that there is the option for your dog to go grain-free. Well, just like I react to gluten-containing grains, some dogs also have sensitive dietary needs. The grain-free varieties are ideal for those choosing to exclude grains from their pet's diets, to echo the original grain-free and protein-rich diets that their ancestors thrived on. So it’s a win-win for all owners and dogs alike.

So when you’re choosing food for your best friend, I highly recommend you follow my checklist above, and check the label carefully, and look for ingredients you understand and would feel comfortable eating. Black Hawk uses real food to develop wholesome, balanced and nutritious dog foods for your beloved pet. Using only the highest quality Australian sourced meats, freshest vegetables, pulses and fruits that get my massive tick of approval.

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Here's a short discussion with Black Hawk vet, Dr Lee, on how we can apply what we know about human nutrition, to dog nutrition and for more please visit Black Hawk Pet Care

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