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Pet Nutrition: kibble, freeze-dried food, raw frozen food – what’s the difference?

November 7th, 2018

Sometimes, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of options available in relation to pet food. In this article, we would like to give you some information about the current nutrition trends and the differences between them.

Also known as dry food, kibble is the most convenient type of commercial food available, as it requires very little effort to feed. You simply open the bag, it requires no preparation and remains edible for a long period of time. However, kibble is cooked and chemically preserved, which destroys some nutrients and enzymes. Frequently, vitamins must be added to the formulas, as kibble tend to be of poor nutritional value, if compared to other types of pet food. You may also have to serve your pet with a larger amount of food, so that to meet his/her needs.

Normally, raw food consists of raw muscle, organ meat and bones with some added nutrients to provide a complete and balanced meal. Since the 90’s, raw food diets have been more popular, as the process of freezing results in almost no degradation of nutrients and enzymes, resulting in an optimal nutrition. Storage and thawing times, however, make some consumers more resistant to it. Price is also one concern with raw food.

Another process is freeze-drying the food – removing only its water, preserving taste, smell, nutrients and enzymes. This process involves a slow and gradual combination of high pressure and cold temperatures to remove moisture without any kind of cooking, turning the frozen product to dry. Consequently, it’s an ideal process, as it keeps all beneficial ingredients. On the other hand, it’s more expensive and the process can last longer than others.

Next time, when you shop for food, keep in mind both the advantages and disadvantages that each kind of food offers. We believe in a balance between the current options available, but each pet is a unique being with different characteristics. If you need to discuss options, come and tell us! We’ll be more than happy to help you find the best for you!