What Is Dehydrated Dog Food, & Which Brands Are Best?

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In this guide, we take a look at dehydrated dog food.

We look at what it is, and what some of the most popular brands right now might be.

 

(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)

 

Dehydrated Dog Food

 

What Is Dehydrated Dog Food?

Dehydrated dog food might have the following features:

Minimal processing

High bioavailability of nutrients

Gentle heating of ingredients

Goes through a dehydration/drying process to remove the moisture and air from the food 

 

Potential Benefits Of Dehydrated Dog Food

Some potential benefits for dehydrated food might include:

Locks in nutrients

Discourages the growth of bacteria and pathogens in the food (especially compared to raw food)

Preserves the food for a long time – good to store, and might not need as many preservatives

Isn’t as messy as raw food

Is convenient compared to other diets such as homemade diets

Might be less processed than wet food, but have some of the similar benefits

Can be cheaper than traditional dry and wet foods

 

A few of the drawbacks of dehydrated dog food might be that you need to wait for rehydration to fully take place (once you’ve added water), and, the appearance, taste and texture of some dehydrated foods (when hydrated again) may be slightly different than some expect in some cases (depending on the brand).

 

Should You Feed Your Dog Dehydrated Food?

Your dog’s vet is qualified to recommend a diet and dog food that might suit your dog.

There’s more than one factor to consider to decide a) whether dehydrated dog food is suitable for your dog, and b) if so, what dehydrated dog food might be best.

As a general rule, dog food should be balanced and complete nutritionally, and should suit the health requirements of the individual dog.

 

Dehydrated vs Freeze Dried Dog Food

Dehydrated and freeze dried dog foods are very similar in that they both start from raw ingredients, and are dryed. They have similar consistencies.

They are different though in the way they are dried – dehydrated uses warm air, whereas freeze dried is frozen, and then low heat.

Some sources say dehydrated dog food might retain slightly less nutrients than freeze dryed dog food.

 

Popular Dehydrated Dog Food Products & Brands

A popular dehydrated dog food product is:

 

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://petcentral.chewy.com/dehydrated-dog-food-vs-homemade-dog-food/#:~:text=What%20Is%20Dehydrated%20Pet%20Food,same%20consistency%20as%20freeze%2Ddried.&text=The%20lack%20of%20moisture%20in,having%20to%20add%20any%20preservatives.

2. https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/blog/benefits-of-raw-vs-dehydrated-pet-foods/

3. https://www.k9magazine.com/what-is-dehydrated-dog-food-is-it-good-for-dogs/

4. https://www.pawfriendly.com/petcare/dehydrated-dog-food.shtml#.XyucUhMzb8M

5. https://familypet.com/what-are-the-proscons-of-feeding-dehydrated-dog-food/

 

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