The feeding and use of dry dog food have evolved in the last century due to several reasons. First, before World War II, marketed dog food was sold in glass or metal boats.
When this historic moment arrived, both raw materials were destined for the creation of weapons. Therefore, the production of canned dog food declined and was replaced by balanced and extruded feed.
Those feedstuffs were of poor quality since their ingredients came from animal remains not suitable for human consumption. On the other hand, only in large cities or livestock areas was it possible to find feed for dogs. In rural areas, dogs were fed with leftovers from human food.
This remained in time until the arrival of the 80s and 90s. At that time, the possession of dogs and cats as pets increased. The demands and needs of their tutors forced the pet food industry to improve.
Dry dog food, some better than others
We don’t want to say that dry dog food is the worst way to feed our furry. However, it is a fact that there is worse quality feed than others.
A good feed usually has a high price, although not being more expensive is better. This is because there are very established brands in the market whose quality is doubtful, but they spend thousands of euros on advertising.
A high concentration of cereals
The dog is an optional carnivore. This means that its primary source of energy is meat. However, due to their evolution and domestication process, dogs can tolerate other food sources.
Generally, the feed contains high concentrations of wheat, corn, or soy as a source of protein. Sometimes, these ingredients may be the most abundant, since they lower prices and deceive the consumer.
He may think that he feeds his pet correctly because, in the central part of the package, they advertise ‘with fresh chicken’ and, nevertheless, the amount of chicken and its components are minimal.
This large amount of cereals can increase the risk of our pet suffering a gastric dilation, among other pathologies.
Extrusion affects nutrients
Commercial feed, to maintain the correct condition of food and extend its shelf life, is extruded. During this process, the food is compressed and dehydrated through changes in pressure and temperature.
This process affects, to a greater or lesser extent, the different nutrients that dry dog food contains. Sometimes, the feed must have additives that allow the correct absorption of nutrients by the dog. Also, they may provide a higher concentration of certain trace elements, since many are lost in the extrudate.
All this makes dog food, after all, an ultra-processed food. We can find them better or worse quality, but it can never be compared to a balanced diet based on fresh and real foods.
Dental health and dry dog food
Recently, it has been shown that a diet based exclusively on dry food can negatively affect the dental health of the dog.
Unlike what was thought, the use of feed does not decrease the accumulation of tartar on the dog’s teeth. The only natural way to remove dental plaque is through the use of raw bones.
According to several studies, offering raw cow bones to your pet, once every two weeks for about 10 minutes, is enough to decrease dental plaque.