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Don't know what food type is the best for your BBF? Don't worry, we are here to help you out!

Don't know what food type is the best for your BBF? Don't worry, we are here to help you out!

Are you looking forward to welcoming a furry four-legged canine member into your house or already have a bundle of joy at home, but not sure about what type of food is best for your BFF?  

 

Don't worry Sweetie's got your back!

 

Dog food nutrition impacts every facet of your dog's life. So, below is a handy guide, putting forward all dog food types, the pros and cons.

 

Fortunately, there are a ton of great, high quality, freeze-dried and dehydrated dog foods available on the market that fit the bill. Also, there is the option of homemade food which we will analyse another time.

 

Food Types

Good-quality proprietary food is the simplest to feed. It consists of all the essential nutrients in the correct proportions, which includes vitamins and minerals that may be lacking from a homemade diet of fresh or cooked meat and table scraps.

 

These are four forms of commercially prepared food, and of course Homemade!.

 

1. Wet or Moist Canned or Pouch Dog Food

 

Canned food has high water content, is available in a wide range of flavours and is usually the preferred choice of dogs.

 

Pros:

Extremely palatable

Contains all the nutrients a dog needs

Long storage time if unopened

 

Cons:

Bulky to store and heavy to carry

Fattening

Strong odour

Not good for teeth

Contains many artificial additives

Spoils quickly

Expensive

 

2. Semi-moist Pouch Dog Food

 

 

 

Often containing vegetable protein like soya, this food type contains less water than canned, therefore keeps well in a bowl without drying out and losing texture.

 

Pros:

Palatable

Contains all the nutrients a dog needs

Easier to store than the cans

 

Cons:

Fattening

Strong odour

Not good for teeth

Very expensive

Contains artificial additives

Spoils quickly

 

 

3. Dry Complete Dog Food

 

 

As its name suggests, complete dry food contains minimal water and all the nutrients your dog needs. Designed to be moistened with water before feeding, while other types can be supplied as they are, in which case your dog will need plenty of water to drink in conjunction with it.

 

Pros:

Economical

Low odour

Contains all the nutrients a dog needs

Better for teeth

Convenient to food

 

Cons:

Bulky to store

Goes off if stored too long

Not as palatable as canned/semi-moist

High cereal content can cause problems for gluten-sensitive dogs

 

 

4. Dry Complementary Dog Food

 

This food usually comprises a cereal meal or biscuits. They are designed to be given with canned, cooked or raw meat. Fed alone, it doesn't fulfil a dog's daily nutritional needs.

 

Pros:
Economical
Low odour
Good source of energy
Most are supplemented with vitamins and minerals
Better for teeth

 

Cons:

Time-consuming to mix with protein-giving ingredients

Spoils if stored too long

Bulky to store

 

5.  Freeze-Dried Dog Food 

 

 

According to Your Dog Advisor Freeze-dried, dog food is becoming increasingly popular amongst health-conscious and time-savvy dog owners.

This type of dog food makes it easy to feed your dog a high-quality raw diet while at the same time offering you much friendlier storage and travel options that you don’t have with traditional raw or wet dog foods.

The food is first cooked then freeze-dried before being sealed in air-tight packaging. When properly sealed and stored, freeze-dried dog food can last for up to one year without spoiling. Most of this type of food is meant to be rehydrated with water before it’s served, giving your dog all the pleasures and benefits of eating a raw diet.

Pros:

It is easy to travel with
It has a long shelf life
It is considered raw or minimally processed
It almost always contains the highest quality ingredients
It is excellent for fussy or picky eaters 
Cons:
It is one of the most expensive food options for dogs
It may not offer key nutrition your dog needs and is sometimes best for supplementation. (Check labels if you are not sure)
It may be hard to find in some pet retail stores

        6. Homemade Food

        A lot of dogs enjoy homemade food.

         

        For easy feeding, particularly for busy owners, it's simpler to stick to proprietary dog food and only give a periodic homemade meal for a treat, or to tempt a dog that is ill and has lost his appetite. In the case of the latter, items such as cooked porridge, boneless meats and fish, and scrambled eggs are appreciated and easily digested. Always allow cooked foods to cool before serving. 

         

        In the succeeding posts, we'll focus more on homemade dog food - their pros and cons, and how to make each recipe excellent and sumptuous for your dog.

         

        Sweetie Tip: Always get vet advice and understand your BFF reactions to their food. Feed your new pup about 3-4 times a day (be sure to check with the vet). Try to provide the same food that the puppy had been eating (ask the foster parent or breeder). Make sure you have researched food options that are suited to your puppy's dietary needs and provide proper nutrition.

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