As a pet parent, the dog food isle of your supermarket can get quite confusing! With the rapin growth of the pet food industry internationally, the number of companies, brands and pet products available has grown at a staggering rate! The shelves of the pet food section are flooded with products packaged in attractive and bright colors but little or no difference in the ingredients used, nutritional value provided or size of packs being sold. Many pet parents are left clueless, and need an informed opinion that answers the question “ What kind of food should i feed my dog?” and this blog will try to answer just that by creating distinction between the products that clutter the dog food market.
In general, a healthy diet with high quality ingredients is beneficial for all dogs but pet-parents who take the additional effort of considering factors like age, weight, breed, gender, activity level, known allergens etc are able to choose a brand/product that nourishes their pet a little bit better and thus enable them (the pet-parent and the pet) to enjoy the bond of friendship and companionship a little while longer…
So here are some basic FAQs about different kind of Dog Foods that are available:
Q1. What is Dry Food? And how is it different from Wet Food?
Ans: Dry Food is a type of dog food that has very low moisture content. It is created by mixing and pressure cooking the ingredients that emerge as hard kibble or nuggets. The kibbles themselves can come in a variety of shapes and sizes based on the discretion of the manufacturer but what is common is that moisture content of most dry foods is approximately 10% of the volume of the food. Dry Food is the most commonly available type of Pet Food, it is usually very economical, has a longer shelf life and is easier to store as well as feed. It usually comes packaged in bags or large containers. Brands like Now Fresh produce Dry Food Recipes that are completely Grain Free and contain zero artificial preservatives! Wet Food on the other hand has high moisture content and comes in the form of a wet, jelly like paste. Wet Food has relatively shorter shelf life and has to be consumed quickly once the packaging (usually tins or pouches) is opened, usually more expensive compared to dry food and comes in packs that are smaller compared to dry food. Both Dry and Wet Food have health advantages and disadvantages. Based on dog specific factors, a vet can help you choose what’s type of food is best for your dog!
A compromise between Dry and Wet Food is the Semi-Moist variety which unfortunately isn’t very nutritious and is usually recommended as a Treat/Cheat meal and shouldn’t be considered as a part of a regular diet.
Q2. What are the most important Macronutrients to look for in a dog food product?
Ans: This is an extremely important and pertinent question. Ideally, any dog food that has a high Protein and Fat percentage is considered good. However, factors such as age of the dog, activity level and digestive considerations need to be taken into account before judging products based on their protein and fat percentages.
Q3. Can I feed my dogs the leftover bones from a human meal?
Ans: The answer is Yes and No. It completely depends upon what animal or bird the bones belong to, the method of cooking used to prepare the dish, spices used, and the list goes on. As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable that you do not feed your dog any cooked bones. These bones are very brittle and can break into sharp pieces which, when ingested, might cause harm to your pet. Raw of bones of larger animals like goats are beneficial for a dog as they natural source of Phosphorus and Calcium.
Q4. Are home-cooked meals better for dogs than packaged dog food?
Ans: Although home-cooked meals are fresher than packaged dog food and can contain fewer preservatives, it is also true that such meals might not provide your pet with all the nutrients it needs to flourish. Dog Food brands like Now Fresh by Petcurean, hire food scientists and pet nutrition experts. These pet food professionals have a very deep understanding of the canine digestive system, anatomy, and nutritional needs and thus create recipes that are wholesome, palatable, and easy to digest as well. If you still decide to make home cooked meals for your dog, take into consideration the expense aspect and research pet nutrition properly so that you can be sure that your dog isn’t missing out on any essential nutrients. (A meal that fulfills all the nutritional requirement of a dog will, in most cases, be more expensive than a premium dog food product)
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