Your dog is your everything. So you want the best for them, of course. That includes food.
But there are so many dog foods available: dried, canned, home-cooked, raw, and freeze-dried raw (and not to mention the many different brands and varieties that are out there). To pick the best food for your dog to ensure they have the best health possible, it is important to understand how different dog foods are made and if they are optimal for your pup.
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How Dog Food Is Made
How Is Conventional Dry Food Made?
When you walk down the aisle of your local pet store or grocery store or browse online for food for your best fur friend, you will find hundreds of brands. It can be hard to choose.
Dry dog food is extremely popular. Each brand uses its own recipes while adhering to the standards of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Their goal is to create a nutritionally balanced meal for dogs using ingredients like beef, chicken and eggs, as well as grains, cereals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But do they succeed at being the best? Let’s see.
Dry foods have been made commercially since the 1800s. Today, they are made through a process of baking or extruding on machines that were originally created to produce breakfast cereals. First, a dough is created from dry and wet ingredients. Then it all gets moved into an expander, which is a machine that uses hot water or pressurized steam to cook all ingredients at a high temperature. Eventually, the dough is forced into different shaped holes while the dough is compacted from high pressure. Once the high pressure is removed and the dough is puffed up, it goes through a dryer to remove moisture and is turned into kibble. This is then sprayed with fats, oils, minerals, and vitamins before it is then moved onto packing.
Not all dried food is the same. While some companies stick with natural and organic ingredients, others use artificial additives and non-organic food. Some brands also use more grains and animal by-products instead of actual meat. Dogs are carnivorous animals that need high-quality meat to achieve optimal health. High quantities of grains and vegetables instead of meat are far from optimal.
Furthermore, in many cases, spoiled animal parts and toxins also make it into your dog’s conventional dried food mix. This is far from the ideal diet for your furry friend, and not eating an ideal, healthy diet designed for them can lead to less than optimal health and health problems.
Of course, if choosing high-quality, organic brands, dried dog food can be convenient, easy to eat, and easy to store, but you can do better.
How Is Canned Dog Food Made? Is It Better?
Canned dog food is highly palatable to your dog. It can be helpful for dogs with weak or missing teeth or mouth sores. They also have a long shelf life when unopened. However, canned dog food is far from ideal. It is not only expensive but less than ideal for their health.
Just like with dry food, each brand uses a specific formula for their canned food. To make canned dog food, first, they assemble all raw materials for the specific can, then ground them into small pieces in large batches. Next, they mix in vitamins and minerals, and in some cases, grains as well. Next, they blend the mixture at a high temperature so it starts to gelatin the proteins. Many canned foods are made with added carbs from starches, and those are cooked at a higher temperature. Once cooked, they get canned and sealed.
Just like with dry food, the problem is that many of these products are made with low-quality meat by-products and often starches instead of high-quality meat. Vitamins and minerals are added, instead of finding in the food naturally. Often artificial ingredients, flavoring, and toxins may appear in the cans as well.
If you ever buy canned food, make sure to buy organic, high-quality brand products. However, if you truly want your dog to thrive and enjoy the best health possible, ditch canned foods, and choose better.
How About Home Cooked Dog Food?
Making home cooked dog food is definitely an excellent choice. There are plenty of recipes you can try. You can control the ingredients and make sure it is all natural, organic and free from toxins, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. It is usually fresh and your dog may love it. However, it can also lead to nutritional deficiencies when not made carefully. Furthermore, a raw diet is the diet that your dog is truly designed to eat by nature.
How Is Raw Dog Food Made?
Raw dog food is the most natural option for your dog. It can lead to better health, nicer fur, healthier teeth, and more energy.
Raw dog food is made with organic, high-quality meat, such as chicken wings, necks, legs or thighs, turkey necks (other turkey bones are large), beef tail bones (these are great for larger dogs), lamb or goat necks or ribs, bison meat, as well as organ meat, such as liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, and brain. Muscle meat, such as beef, chicken, bison, lamb, and turkey are the foundation of healthy raw dog food. They also include some amount of fats: remember, your dog needs some fats as well for their health, 10 – 20% in their raw food is ideal. Some fruits and veggies can provide additional vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, antioxidants and prebiotics for your dog, however, it is important to keep your dog’s raw food scratch-free as grains, peas and potatoes aren’t suitable or natural for your dog at all.
While raw dog food is the closest to the natural option, it can be time-consuming and expensive to make, and may not be the best in all cases. To reduce time, yet provide high-quality food for your dog, you may want to try to freeze-dry raw dog food.
Why Choose Freeze-Dry Raw Dog Food?
You want your dog to eat the healthiest diet possible that’s closest to their natural diet. They need real meat and super delicious nutrition that only a mix of vital organs, blood and bones can deliver.
Freeze-dried raw dog food is typically a convenient, healthy and delicious option for your dog that is made with farm-fresh meat, game or poultry with all water removed from the source without sacrificing any vitamins and minerals. Unlike regular raw dog food, freeze-dried raw is not messy and doesn’t need long preparation. All you need to do is to open the air-tight container, add a little water for rehydration and your pup’s meal is ready in no time.
Freeze dried dog food is made from the highest quality of raw dog food in a dryer that drops the temperature of the food until frozen, then applies a small amount of heat while concurrently extracting moisture from the meat. Then it is sealed and ready to be sent to your doorstep. Unlike conventional dry and canned dog food, it doesn’t include additives, toxins, or grains. It is completely organic, filled with nutrient-dense, high-quality meat to create the best health, glossiest coat, whitest teeth, healthiest gums, and most energy possible for your dog.
Freeze dried raw dog food is typically not available on the shelves at pet stores or supermarkets, however, you can order them from our store. Our freeze-dried dog food is a mix of raw vital organs, muscle meat, blood & bone from 100% farm-raised, organic sources, without fillers or artificial preservatives. Let us do the heavy lifting for you and provide your fur baby with easy, yet optimally nutritional and delicious raw dog food!
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