There are many different kinds of dog foods available in the market. Some being, dry and crunchy others being soft and slimy.
Ranging from a couple bucks to a bucket load of cash (well, not literally :p).
It is really important that you know what type of options you have and understand why they exist. So that the next time you go to any pet shop, you know whats the right one for your pup.
Here are the different types of dog food, you must know about :
1. Dry food/Kibble Food.
Dry food is the most common food among dog owners. The traditional go-to food for most new pet parents. And if I’m not wrong probably you have got the same kind of feed in your cupboard (just make sure, do you?).
Why it is so popular you ask?
Long shelf life – Dry kibble feed doesn’t get spoilt very easily. Thus can be kept for a long time. And for a plus, most of the dry food doesn’t even have to be refrigerated.
Easy to prepare – For dry dog food you don’t have to mix things up or cook something, you just measure the quantity and then simply pour the feed into the bowl. And wait for your tucker to vacuum it up (simple right?).
Easy to store – Being solid and almost moisture free, it can be easily stored in a plastic container (airtight recommended) and then popped open whenever the next feeding time is.
Apart from that dry feed also helps in maintaining dental hygiene by cleaning the teeth due to its crunchiness.
Dry feed seems like the perfect feed? Well not so fast! Many dog brands are notorious for adding emulsifiers, artificial colors, preservatives, and all that bad stuff. So you will have to buy a higher quality feed to ensure the highest quality. Which will cost more (obviously). And fillers which have almost zero nutrient value are no strangers inside the packet.
But overall, a dry feed could be a great choice if you’re just starting out. And don’t really have the time and budget for other types of food. But always make sure you get the best dry feed according to your budget. To ensure good puppy growth.
2. Wet/moist feed
Wet feeds are usually cooked in very high temperature’s (for sterilizing purposes) and then canned (well pouch packs are also available but can’s mostly). This type of feed is generally either available in a meatloaf consistency or as meat chunks in gravy or meat chunks in jelly.
Wet feed is usually very appetizing and easily digestible for dogs. Wet feed as the name suggests is high in moisture. Thus the water content inside will be a lot more than let’s say a kibble feed or a semi-moist one. Making it a great fit for dogs who are either sick or have an upset tummy (not wanting to eat). Which is fairly common in newly brought puppies. So some parts of wet feed mixed with kibble could get the ball rolling for the first few days.
Although wet food seems pretty good, the cost is a lot! Which tends to be much pricier than our traditional kibble feed. And the preparation process may not be a whole trip but can get a little messy. One more thing to be concerned about is the nutritional value. As the water content of this kind of food is very high. Often times the important nutrients are not available in the right quantity. So it is very crucial to check for the nutrients and make sure it is complete (nutritionally).
Overall, if you got the cash to get a high-quality moist food. Go for it, if you think it will suit you and your dog.
3. Semi-Moist Feed
This category of food I’d say is more of a fit for treats. Comes in chewy texture and is generally soft (soft pellets are common). Contains about 60-65% of moisture (hence the name).
Semi-moist feed lacks the nutritional value and in fact, has the lowest of all others food types. Thus it is not recommended to give this kind of feed as a full-time meal.
However, most dog owners use this as an occasional treat. And guess what? The dogs love it (yum).
4. The Raw Food
And finally the most discussed “Raw Food”. Raw food has been praised for the last couple of years and more and more dog parents are beginning to gravitate towards raw feed. Vets are also suggesting the same. And in my opinion, this is absolutely for the good.
For sanitary reasons, this kind of feed is generally available in frozen form. And do not have a long shelf life at all, it usually will need to be refrigerated (according to what the seller says). If not stored properly it will decay pretty fast as a result of bacteria build up. With proper refrigeration, the food should stay fine for about 2-3 days. So yes, a lot more work.
Raw food contains very high nutritional values and is very good for a dog’s digestion. But the price will be a lot higher than a kibble or even a wet feed. Maybe even thrice or quadruple the amount, if it’s a very high-quality feed (duh). And the prepping is also not the simplest. You will have to prepare for the days upcoming and plan ahead. The after-work is also there. You have to thoroughly wash the food bowl and preferably disinfect it as well. And check for any spilings which will be needed to clean as well. And also make sure to wash your hand properly after handling with your dog’s food (follow the manners :p).
But although the work is definitely there. The outcome is actually pretty awesome.
So if you are ready to put a little effort and got the cash & some time, go ahead try it. But make sure to consult your vet before shifting to a fully raw diet.
Hopefully, now you have a good understanding of the different types of dog feed there is. And also know a thing or two about them. But remember no single feed type is perfect, it’s just what your pocket allows which becomes the best. So be sure to play around with different kind of feeds and according to your budget give your dog the finest possible food (you can always upgrade later). And oh! we are always here to make that decision easy :). After all, that is our job. So be sure to check other food-related articles on feed my doggy and clear all the concepts.
As always take care and Good Luck! on your poochy journey.