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Category: Dried Dog Food

Dried dog food refers to either freeze-dried, air-dried, or otherwise dehydrated diets.  Many of these are raw diets, which I don’t normally recommend.  However, these companies have a long track record of producing safe raw food and are formulated with the advice of a veterinary nutritionist.  I’ve fed my own dogs many of these foods as toppers to their regular kibble.

Some advantages to dried dog food are

Nutrient Preservation

Freeze-Dried: This process involves freezing the food and then removing moisture through sublimation, which preserves the nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, better than cooking methods.

Air-Dried: This gentle drying process retains most nutrients and flavors while eliminating harmful bacteria.

Convenience

Dehydrated dog foods are lightweight and easy to store. They have a long shelf life without requiring refrigeration, making them convenient for home storage and travel.

Hydration Benefits

When rehydrated, these foods provide additional moisture, which is beneficial for dogs, especially those that don’t drink enough water. Proper hydration supports kidney function and overall health.

Raw Diet Benefits

Freeze-dried and air-dried foods often provide the benefits of a raw diet without the risks associated with handling raw meat. They offer the nutritional advantages of raw feeding in a safer, more convenient form.

Portion Control and Versatility

These foods are easy to portion and can be used as a complete meal or as a topper to enhance the nutritional value and taste of other dog foods.

You don’t need to feed a raw diet exclusively for your dog to get the benefits.  Dried dog foods are typically very expensive and it’s just not in normal people’s budget.  Adding a dried or fresh complete and balanced dog food to regular kibble is a great way to add variety and nutrition to your dog’s diet.