The 7 Main Types Of Dog Food

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There’s a few different key types of dog food.

In this guide, we list these types, and give a brief explanation of each.

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

The Main Types Of Dog Food

In addition to the following types of dog food, there’s many other ways you can categorise dog food such as commercial vs non commercial, just as one example.

There’s also all the different types of dog food diets to choose from.

But, the main types of dog food are:

 

1. Dry Dog Food/Kibble

  • A dry type of commercial dog food, that comes in small pellets
  • Economical/affordable and convenient
  • Has a long shelf life, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated
  • Some say it also helps in keeping a dog’s teeth clean
  • A few different types of kibble food are extruded, baked, and coated

A popular dry dog food at the moment is:

 

2. Canned/Wet Dog Food

  • A wet commercial dog food that comes in cans
  • High water content
  • Can be more expensive per meal than dry dog food
  • Can be higher in sodium, and higher in calories than dry food
  • Is soft, so can be good for dogs that need a softer dog food

A popular canned/wet dog food option at the moment is:

 

3. Semi Moist Dog Food

  • Somewhere in between dry and wet dog food
  • One of the main features of semi moist dog food is that it has a water content somewhere in between canned and dry dog food 
  • It can come in a packets, pouches and other packaging

A popular semi moist dog food at the moment is:

 

4. Homemade Dog Food

Some people choose to feed dogs themselves from their own ingredients and foods that they buy.

This is usually done with the advice and approval of a vet, so the owner can be sure they are giving their dog food that is safe, and that also has the proper nutrition.

 

5. Raw Dog Food

A diet consisting of raw meat, and raw meaty (uncooked) animal bones.

Some think that because of a dog’s digestive system, raw diets are best.

Once again, people usually get their vet’s approval and advice before putting their dog on a raw diet.

Raw diets can either be custom store purchased, or come in a commercial pre packaged option.

 

6. Dehydrated & Freeze Dried  Dog Food

  • A newer commercial food
  • Raw or mildly cooked before being dehydrated and packaged
  • Might retain more nutrients than kibble or wet food
  • You have to add water to them before serving them

 

7. Treats, Toppers & Other (Complementary, Or Supplementary Dog Foods)

There’s also other supplementary or complementary types of food such as dog treats, toppers, and so on.

These foods can be fed to dogs alongside or in addition to their main food meals.

 

Further Reading On Dog Food

You might like to read this guide where we outline some of the general considerations to take into account with dog food, or this guide where we outline what different vets have said about dog food.

 

Sources

1. https://blog.homesalive.ca/types-of-dog-food

2. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/food/which-is-the-best-type-of-dog-food/

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_food

 

 

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