Minimal processing, maximum nutrition
At Big Dog, we create a natural diet that mimics your dog’s ancestral diet. We do this with a balanced recipe containing fresh natural produce, keeping it simple and as natural as possible, with minimal processing and no artificial preservatives. Simply put, our food is minced up and frozen – but if you’re looking for more detail; we’re happy to share our process with you.
Manufacturing of Big Dog Recipes
Produce arrives from approved suppliers at Big Dog HQ and undergoes a product integrity check (temperature, appearance and smell).
Our produce is made into batches, carefully weighed following our Big Dog recipes.
Each batch goes through our mincer twice. The first time the batch is minced, it will look something like this:
And the second mince will look like this:
This minced-up-goodness is what goes into your dog’s patties – it goes from raw ingredient through to ready for the freezer within 3 hours. 3 hours to produce an 800kg batch of dog food might sound fast, but that’s because of state of the art equipment and very limited processing to keep our product fresh.
Our food is stored in freezers and frozen quickly to ensure product integrity. There are quality inspection points in every part of the process, which are overseen by our QA team, including our finished product tested for final acceptance and release.
Big Dog is distributed through our national cold chain under controlled temperatures to maintain freshness and integrity for your pet.
What we don’t do is just as important as what we do. Our promise to you and your pet:
NO artificial colours or flavours
NO irradiation of ingredients
NO synthetic vitamins, minerals or additives
NO high pressure pasteurisation
NO ultra-high temperature processing
We are committed to using real ingredients that you'll recognise. Because to us, pets are family and deserve real food. Food that makes them happy and keeps them healthy.
If you’d like to read more about our Quality Assurance process, check out this interview with our QA Manager, Leon, here
For more Behind the Scenes images, visit our Production photo album on Facebook