As humans, we're becoming increasingly aware of the critical role diet and nutrition can play in our overall health and wellness. So perhaps it's not surprising that this trend has expanded in recent years and pet owners are opting into feeding their dogs fresh dog food!
There's always a debate in dog ownership on what's best for our furry family, from training methods to what you feed them.
One of the most controversial topics in the pet space is nutrition. Below find a full pro and cons list for fresh and kibble dog food. Consider your dog's lifestyle and the list to help you decide what is best for your dog.
What Is Fresh (homemade) Dog Food?
Fresh dog food is homemade meals that humans can consume; that consists of high-quality protein sources, veggies, grains, and supplements to meet nutritional needs. To prepare fresh dog food is very similar to how we humans meal prep for the week.
What Is Dry Dog Food (Kibble)?
Dry dog food (kibble) is a mixture of meat sources, grains, starches, fruits and & vegetables, vitamins, and minerals. Higher-quality kibble contains more protein than starches, and many brands are even grain-free.
There are pros and cons to each diet. But this debate begins with the question: What do you think is best for your dog?
Potential Benefits Of Homemade Dog Food
- Wider variety of healthful foods and nutrients
- You know precisely what you're feeding your dog
- Dogs often prefer the taste of fresh meals to dry dog food
- Ingredients are minimally processed
- Fresh dog food results in marked health improvements for many dogs
Potential Cons Of Homemade Dog Food
- When making fresh dog food from home, it can be easy to forget certain ingredients they need – higher risk of nutritional deficiency if not careful
- You will need to add supplements as the food usually prepared is lacking nutrients
- Feeding canines homemade dog food is potentially more costly than buying commercial food
- It can be very time consuming
Potential Benefits Of Kibble
- Currently the most researched and effective diet you can give to your dog
- Dry food has a much longer shelf life
- Commercial kibble includes a guarantee of nutritional completeness
- Dry dog food has a wide range of flavors and costs.
- Dry food has a lot of added Vitamins
- No preparation time
Potential Cons of kibble
- Often kibble includes low-quality ingredients like meat products, added sugar and preservatives
- Most kibble brands are carb-heavy (fattening)
- It's harder for a pet owner to know exactly what they're feeding their dogs
Some Tips For A Homemade Dog Food Diet:
- If you want to give your dog fresh (homemade) dog food, then you should speak to your vet before starting to make sure it's suitable for your pup.
- Always use trusted sources. Do not believe every recipe you see online.
- Keep their health in check and make sure to not add ingredients that may be okay for humans, but harmful to dogs.
- Meal prep the fresh dog food, so you only have to prepare the menu once a week at most.
- Know when each meal expires.
- Dogs don't need us to spice up their food. Don't add salt, pepper, or any other seasoning.
These are the main pros and cons of the fresh food and kibble diet. Many experts suggest that homemade dog food isn't right for every dog. If you prefer to feed your dog fresh food meals, you should take extra precautions to meet nutritional requirements for your canine. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what is best for your furry family, as long as they're getting the proper care they deserve.
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