Guest Post by JACKIE EDWARDS
Today, more and more dog owners are turning to dehydrated food as a source of nutrition for their furry friends. According to the CDC, raw food diets can make your dog sick, as germs like salmonella and listeria bacteria are often found in them.
Dry and dehydrated food represents a much safer option for your dog; to give your dog the best possible nutrition, you could even consider making your own dehydrated dog food as opposed to buying it from the store.
Dehydrated dog food is food which has gone through the process of dehydration. Dehydration removes moisture from food but, at the same time, preserves all the nutrients. It is the cheapest but also the healthiest way to preserve food, as it mimics the action of the sun. Dehydrating your dog's food at home is the best way to preserve all the nutritional value as gentle dehydration produces a nutrient-dense and high-quality food.
Dehydration, as well as preserving nutritional value, stops microorganisms from growing; in fact, bacteria and yeast need water to grow so by removing water and moisture, foods will not spoil.
There are a number of reasons why your dog may not be eating dehydrated food, so it's important to consider all the possibilities. Lack of appetite is not uncommon, and the causes could be health-related as well as behavior related.
Food quality is an important aspect to consider, as dogs will refuse foods which they perceive as rancid or unpalatable. For this reason, making your own dehydrated dog food is definitely a better and yummier option than buying it at the store.
Furthermore, it is important to give your dog time to adjust to a different diet. Your dog may have a sensitive stomach or have difficulty adjusting to changes in diet, so it's best to take a gradual and slow approach, extending the transition over a few days.
Dehydrated dog food, especially if made at home, is minimally processed but still packed full of nutrients, thanks to the dehydration process. This means that it also doesn't contain any of the harmful chemicals that could potentially cause issues for your dog.
It's a great choice for those who frequently take their dogs everywhere, as it can be made in batches and easily stored since it doesn't require refrigeration and lasts for a long time. It's also easy to pack and doesn't add much weight to your luggage; all you need to do before feeding it to your dog is add some water and you're good to go!
Dehydrated dog food is also a healthy choice for humans; while we're not recommending you share your dog's dinner, coming into contact with it is not going to transmit harmful bacteria such as salmonella. It's also cheaper than raw food but also more nutritious.
Nutrient-dense, cheap and incredibly healthy, dehydrated dog food really represents the healthiest option to keep your pet well-fed and happy.