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Types of Commerical Brand Pet Food on the Market Today!

Good-quality proprietary food is the simplest to feed. It consists of all the essential nutrients in the correct proportions, which includes vitamins and minerals that may be lacking from a home-made diet of fresh or cooked meat and table scraps.

These are four forms of commercially prepared food.

1. Wet or Moist Canned or Pouch Pet Food

Canned food has high water content, is available in a wide range of flavors and is usually the preferred choice of both dogs and cats.

Pros:

  • Extremely palatable
  • Contains all the nutrients a dog and cat needs
  • Long storage time if unopened

Cons:

  • Bulky to store and heavy to carry
  • Fattening
  • Strong odor
  • Not good for teeth
  • Contains many artificial additives
  • Spoils quickly
  • Expensive

2. Semi-moist Pouch PetFood

Often containing vegetable protein like soya, this food type contains less water than canned, therefore keeps well in a bowl without drying out and losing texture.

Pros:

  • Palatable
  • Contains all the nutrients a dog or cat needs
  • Easier to store than the cans

Cons:

  • Fattening
  • Strong odor
  • Not good for teeth
  • Very expensive
  • Contains man-made artificial additives
  • Spoils quickly

3. Dry Complete Food

As its name suggests, dry complete food contains minimal water and all the nutrients your dog and cat needs. Some types are designed to be moistened with water before feeding, while other types can be fed as they are, in which case your dog or cat will need plenty of water to drink in conjunction with it.

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Low Odor
  • Contains all the nutrients a dog or cat needs
  • Better for teeth
  • Convenient to feed

Cons:

  • Goes off if stored too long
  • Bulky to store
  • Not as palatable as canned/semi-moist
  • High cereal content can cause problems for gluten-sensitive dogs

4. Dry Complementary Food

Designed to be fed with canned, cooked or raw meat, this food usually comprises cereal meal or biscuits. Fed alone, it doesn’t fulfill a dog’s or cat’s daily nutritional needs.

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Low odor
  • Good source of energy
  • Most are supplemented with vitamins and minerals
  • Better for teeth

Cons:

  • Time-consuming to mix with protein-giving ingredients
  • Spoils if stored too long
  • Bulky to store

5. Homemade Food

A lot of dogs and cats enjoy homemade foods, but basing a completely balanced diet around these can be really difficult; a vitamin and mineral supplement will likely be needed as well – consult your vet for advice.

For easy feeding, particularly for busy owners, it’s simpler to stick to proprietary dog or cat food and only give a periodic homemade meal for a treat, or to tempt a dog or cat that is ill and has lost his appetite. In the case of the latter, items such as cooked porridge, boneless meats and fish, and scrambled eggs are often appreciated and easily digested. Always allow cooked foods to cool before serving. 

 

 

Whew! Bet you didn’t think you’d learn about the different types of pet food available on the market today!

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