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Posted by Shawn Goh on Jul 03, 2017
Owning a dog means that you will need a number of different dog supplies, like dog toys and dog leashes, but the most important thing that you can buy for your dog is a nutritious dog food. Buying dog food in Singapore is both simple and convenient with Push Pets.
If you have been to an online pet store, you will know that there are several types of dog food including Kibble or Dry food, Canned or Wet Food, Dehydrated, Freeze Dried and Frozen food. What's the difference between all these different types of dog food? This infographic will hopefully help you understand it better.
Dry dog food is characterized by hard bits of food called kibble. Dry dog food has a long shelf life. It is also one of the most convenient options as it is easy to store and easy to serve to a hungry dog. Kibble is usually the cheapest type of dog food. However, it is also the least appealing option, and picky dogs may choose to avoid eating their kibble. Some people also argue that kibble has lower nutritional value due to the extrusion process in making kibble. Some brands offer oven baked kibble, which is less processed than extruded kibble, which preserves more of the vitamins and nutrients. Many different brands offer a variety of different dry dog food options.
For Dry Dog Food, we highly recommend the Wellness Core range of Dog Food. It is reasonably priced, highly nutritious and tasty too.
If you would like to look at other options, here are the brands which are known for their quality ingredients. Each of these brands have gained recognition for being a great choice for healthy, happy dogs.
Wellness makes a few different dog food lines for different budgets and preferences.
Wellness Trufood is slow baked in small batches for 70% more raw protein than typical kibble.
Wellness CORE Grain-Free is their high quality range which is the most popular range. As mentioned above, it is reasonably priced, highly nutritious and tasty.
Wellness Complete Health is for people who are on a tighter budget, but want a trusted brand for their dog's food.
Wellness Simple range is made with limited ingredients, and is good for dogs who are sensitive to certain ingredients.
Merrick is one of the top dog food brands on the market, because it contains great ingredients.
Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused is a grain free meat-based dry dog food, which uses a higher percentage of meat than most brands. It contains freeze dried raw bits which makes it extra appealing. Great for picky eaters.
Merrick Grain Free Dog Food is a value for money range of dog food. It has a higher percentage of meat compared to lower quality brands of dog food, and yet it comes at quite a reasonable price.
Taste of the Wild has different formulas of dry dog food that have quality ingredients in the right proportions for healthy dogs. Taste of the wild is the highest quality dog food brand that you can get at a relatively low price.
Wet dog food, also commonly known as canned dog food, is not always found in cans. They are also sometimes packaged in trays. Canned dog food also usually has quite a long shelf life. Canned dog food is relatively expensive; not as cheap as kibble, but usually less expensive than dehydrated, freeze dried, and frozen dog food. The higher prices is worth the money because some of the nutritional value is preserved, and it also retains the flavors and smells, making it appealing even to picky eaters. One drawback of canned dog food is that it takes up quite a bit of space, compared to the other options.
Dehydrated Dog Food, not to be confused with freeze dried dog food, is not put through the same freeze drying process. The flavor, smell and nutrients of the raw ingredients are retained in the gentle drying process. It has to be prepared by adding warm water, which gives it a paste or soupy texture. Dehydrated food has a shorter shelf life compared to other types of dog food. It is also quite expensive compared to other types of dog food.
The best dehydrated dog food brand is The Honest Kitchen.
The Honest Kitchen makes their human-grade pet foods from the most pristine, human-edible healthy produce and meats available. Their gourmet recipes are 100% natural and gently dehydrated, unlike regular kibble which is extruded at high temperatures. These tasty foods for dogs and cats combine the wholesomeness of a homemade diet with the convenience of an easy-to-prepare, scientifically-balanced blend.
Freeze Dried Dog Food is one of the most nutrient rich types of dog food. It is dehydrated through a special process which involves freezing and lowering the pressure to evaporate moisture in the food. This allows the flavors, smells and nutritional content to be retained. Many dog owners feedback that their dogs only want to eat freeze dried food. Freeze dried dog food has a medium shelf life, the lack of moisture preserves the food. However, once you open the packaging, a little moisture is reintroduced. So it is best to use the freeze dried food within a few months. It is one of the more expensive types of dog food.
For Freeze Dried Dog Food, we highly recommend, Primal or Stella & Chewy's. These 2 brands are the market leaders in Freeze Dried Dog Food in Singapore.
Stella & Chewy's uses only premium ingredients sourced from reputable farmers and ranchers from countries like America, Australia, and New Zealand. Their poultry is raise cage-free, their Beef, Lamb and Venison are grass fed, and their fish are wild caught. The fruits and vegetables used in their recipes are certified organic, guaranteeing a wholesome meal packed with vitamins and minerals.
Frozen dog food is gaining popularity in Singapore. It has the highest nutritional value, and it is the most naturally preserved type of dog food. Frozen food is very palatable, and dogs simply love it. Some dog owners have also feedback that their dogs are healthier and happier. It requires some preparation as it has to be prepared by thawing in the fridge. It is also a little troublesome to store as it takes up space in the freezer. Lastly, it is the most expensive type of dog food, but it is worth every cent.
Not all dog foods are created equally. You need to better understand what should and shouldn’t be in dog foods to make the best decision for you and your pooch. Let’s see what shouldn’t be on the ingredient label for your dog’s food.
The most obvious ingredients to avoid are those that your dog is allergic to. For example, many dogs are allergic to soy, wheat, corn and dairy products. These ingredients can cause your dog to have itchy skin. If your dog is allergic to one of these ingredients, or anything else, select a food that lacks them.
Meat is an important part of dog foods, but you want the right meat. Avoid products that say “dinner,” “entrée” or “platter,” as they only contain around 10 percent of the meat listed. Also, avoid any food that uses the terms “with” or “flavor,” because the food is only required to contain three percent or less than three percent, respectfully, of the meat product.
When it comes to meat products, you should instead look for foods that contain whole meats or meat meal. Whole meats weight will include water, which means you may get less meat than with meat meal, but both are good quality meats. Meat by-products aren’t always a bad thing either, just make sure you are buying food from a reputable company to avoid feeding your dog unsavory parts of the animal.
Dogs need vitamins and minerals that can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dogs are also omnivores, which means that fruits and vegetables are necessary in their diets. Check for ingredients like peas, carrots or apples, or a variety of other fruits and vegetables.
Find a dog food formula that is for the correct stage of life for your dog. Puppies, adults and seniors all have different dietary needs. You may also want to consider other factors like breed size when picking a food.
As always, a great way to make sure that you are getting a good dog food is to check with us at Push Pets.
If you would like to try a certain pet food, do let us know and we will try to get a sample for your to try before you buy.
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