Caring for our dogs can be a full-time job if you make it out to be. There’s also many of choices for dog food which varies from kibble, canned food, dehydrated food, freeze dried and BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food).
For most urban dog owners, there’s a constant balance between nutritional value, convenience, cost and allergies when choosing the most suitable food.
With recent concerns over the ethics of commercial manufacturers and choice of ingredients, there has been increasing advocates of feeding BARF as a dog’s main diet. It is a widely positive concept because it is fresher and not processed like kibbles. Hence, there will be higher nutritional content. However, it takes time to prepare BARF diet on your own because you need to regularly to purchase fresh raw meats and fruits. It also takes up a big fridge space if you intend to buy in bigger quantities. Hence there is is a growing market of niche businesses selling BARF diets that are efficiently packed and offer the convenience of delivery service. This will be ideal if you are busy and have the budget to spare.
The most convenient dog food should pack nutrition in a small size, have long shelf life and be easily purchased with good distribution channels. They include kibble, canned food, dehydrated food and freeze dried food. They tend to be processed and hence do face health concerns over the ingredients used and manufacturing process. Getting good distribution channels also require the product to be profitable for the distributors and retailers. It is important to find out which are the good brands by studying the labels and reading reliable reviews.
The cost of dog food varies across brands and generally the cost of dog food ranks in the following order: kibble, canned food, dehydrated food, freeze dried food and barf.
Many dogs have allergies to specific ingredients in dog food. There foods that are more likely to cause allergic reactions in dogs e.g. beef, chicken, dairy, wheat, soy. If your dog has allergies, it is important to do trial and error to eliminate ingredients as causes of allergies. Some dogs, like humans, tend to develop allergies when eating processed foods rather than fresh foods.