It is no secret that dry food is a convenient, easy option for dog owners. Dogs seem to like dry dog food, and most live happy, healthy lives on almost any brand of dry dog food. Since the invention of canned and refrigerated wet foods, however, some people have become concerned about the nutritional properties of dry food.What are the advantages of dry food?
Due to the high energy content, dog owners only need to use small quantities of dry food to meet their dog's needs and make sure they are full. Hence, dry food is a cheaper option. Proponents also stress that lower quantities also make it a more environmentally-friendly choice, since it uses less packaging.Clean And Convenient:
A further argument in favor of dry food is that it is clean and convenient. It doesn't have mushy spills and even if a little bit ends up outside the food bowl, it is easy to sweep up or vacuum it away. Besides, odorless dry food is easier to take away on holidays.Other Potential Benefits:
⦁ Reduced dental plaque
⦁ Healthier gums
⦁ Reduced risk of bacteria
⦁ Easier storage
⦁ Less risk of spoilage
⦁ Cost-effectiveWhat Kind Of Dry Food Are Available To Feed Your Dog?
There are many dry dog foods available. As with all foods, reading the label will help you find the best possible brand for your dog. Always remember that the first ingredient is the most prevalent in that food.Soy.
Dog food manufacturers also use soy like a protein for energy and to add bulk to the food so that when a dog eats a product containing soy it will feel more satisfied. Some dogs do well with soy while others experience gas. Soy is also used as a source of protein in vegetarian dog foods.Corn Gluten Meal:
Corn gluten meal in dog food is a concentrated source of protein that can be substituted for costlier animal protein. In many bargain brands, corn gluten meal provides a large proportion or even the total amount of protein listed in the food label rather than more digestible forms of protein such as meat.Mixed Fiber Sources:
Sugar foods, by-products from grinding, and mixing inedible portions of candy, dry packaged drinks, dried gelatin mixes, etc. and other similar foods that are primarily made of sugar.
Ground almond and peanut shells. A source of fiber with zero nutritional value.
Other fillers include ground corncobs, feathers, citrus pulp, weeds, straw, seed hulls, etc What Dry Food Should You Opt For?
Look for a food that has protein as the first ingredient, not a grain. The best dry dog foods have a single or novel source of protein, such as lamb, chicken, or salmon. Grain-free diets exist, but carbohydrates are required for energy, especially in rapidly growing, large-breed puppies and very active dogs. The choice of grain, however, is important. Some dogs may have sensitivities to wheat, corn, or soybeans.Most Importantly!
All dry dog foods need preservatives to prevent the fat from becoming rancid. Some commonly used preservatives have been controversial, such as ethoxyquin, BHA, and BHT. Dry foods tend to use more natural preservatives, such as tocopherols (vitamin E), citric acid (vitamin C), and rosemary extract. The shelf life of these foods may be affected, so always read the label on the bag and check the “best by” date. Avoid buying excessive amounts of food at one time if it will not be used in a timely fashion.