Raw vs dry: What should I feed my dog?

With so many options available, it’s hard to say if we are feeding our dogs the wrong types of foods. This blog aims to help you evaluate the pros and cons of the different varieties available, sp you can make the choice that’s right for you and your furry friend.

Raw Food (The Pro’s):

  • The food that most closely resembles your animal’s natural diet. This variety of food is kept frozen as a natural way to preserve it and keep it fresh.
  • The food is made up of natural ingredients, doesn’t have chemical additives, artificial flavours, bulkers or added sugars.
  • Better digestion. Raw, natural food can be easier for dogs to digest. As raw resembles your dogs natural diet, spanning over thousands of years, their stomachs are designed to break down and absorb this type of food with ease.
  • Better poos! Because raw food is 100% natural with no added fillers, there's less waste to come out the other end! The result is smaller, firmer, more pick-up-able poos, and that’s a win for everyone, right?
  • Better dental hygiene. Raw bones are a great natural way to clean your dogs teeth.
  • Shinier coat and healthy skin. Just the right quantities of carefully selected fruits, vegetables, protein and healthy fats can give your dog a glossy coat. Dry food can contain additives and carbohydrate bulkers that can irritate your dog’s skin.

Raw (The Con’s):

  • Raw food can be a health risk. Raw food will start to decay if left out and not eaten promptly. Make sure raw food is thrown out if not eaten as it can make your dog seriously ill. People living in the same household with compromised immune systems should take care when handling raw food. There may be traces of bacteria such as salmonella (However, certain food brands such as natures menu vigorously test for salmonella on their production lines every 7 hours to prevent this).
  • Cost. Raw food diet is usually more expensive than dry food.
  • Time investment. Unfortunately, feeding raw means you will have to defrost and weigh out  dogs food. This can be time consuming and forgetting to defrost your dogs food can make your pup very impatient!
  • Freezer space. As raw food is frozen to preserve it, you will have to allocate freezer space to accommodate your dog’s food.

Dry food (The Pro’s):

  • Convenience.  No need to defrost. Dry food has added preservatives to maintain its shelf life. This means you simply pour the food in a bowl and serve instantaneously.
  • Supported oral health. Many dry brands have anti-plaque ingredients to keep your dogs teeth in good condition.
  • Cost. Dry food is far cheaper than raw dog food.

Dry food (The Con’s):

  • Dehydration. Your dog will have to constantly drink water to make up for the lack of it in this variety of feed. Dry food will be a constant water stress on your animals organs.
  • Most dry food is filled with bulkers that cannot be fully digested. When this comes out, it can be rather smelly.
  • Preservatives and flavour enhancers. Dry foods can contain these to make the meal more appetising, but are not as good for your dogs long term health.
  • Mould. Dry food storage containers can be ideally growing conditions for mould. Make sure you check the food thoroughly to see if there is any harmful mould growth.

As you can see, there are pro’s and con’s to each type of dog food, we hope this article has helped you to weigh up the right decision for you and your furry friend, if you need more advice or want to talk with one of our animal experts, pop by our Poole or Cadnam stores and the team will be more than happy to help.

 

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