When shopping for quality food for your canine companion, you should take into consideration several feeding types, from kibble or dehydrated dog food and canned food to cooked food and even raw food. Checking the nutritional adequacy statement on the label of a product is a good way to ensure that the product meets your dog’s nutritional needs, depending on his/her age or life stage health status, and reproductive status ( for females).
In recent years, frozen dog food has enjoyed increased popularity among discerning dog owners and this is especially true for frozen raw dog food. Whether cooked or raw, frozen food for dogs comes in a wide range of textures and nutritional formulations. There are also premium pet food manufacturers that specialize in this type of dog food, such as Instinct Pet Food, Primal Pet Foods, Stella & Chewy’s, and Smallbatch Pets.
The benefits of frozen dog food have contributed to its popularity. These include maintaining the full nutritional value of meats, veggies, fruits, grains, and other ingredients such as oils and herbs, ease of preparation ( simply thawing it before serving it to Fido), and increased shelf life. It’s worth noting that frozen cooked dog food is safer than frozen raw dog food and that’s because freezing does not remove bacteria, such as salmonella in raw meat, that are responsible for foodborne diseases, as vets warn.
This means that if you are the owner of a growing puppy, less than 1 year of age, an older/senior dog, or a dog with an underlying health condition or compromised immune system, it’s best to choose frozen cooked dog food. Raw food is not recommended for puppies because there’s a risk of bone deformities due to electrolyte imbalances. If you have an adult dog with no serious health issues and you want to feed him/her a raw diet, known as Paleo for dogs, there are plenty of options, including raw freeze-dried and raw dehydrated.
Be sure to follow the instructions on the package of the frozen product, because some products may also need to be rehydrated before serving. If you’re interested in buying top-quality frozen dog food for your furry baby at the best prices, be sure to choose a well-known and trusted company like Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies that carries a vast range of dog products and allows you to buy both in-store ( just check the store locator on its website) and online for your convenience.