Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

 


What is your chosen pekingese diet? Is your pekingese’s diet healthy? Can you really say that you are giving him only the best? There are several dog feeding options really, and dehydrated dog food is not your only choice any more. Raw diets have become a trend these days – so popular that most pet stores already sell commercial and frozen raw diets, which was really unheard of in the 90’s era. And the simple dry dog food has also evolved – you choose from dehydrated raw food, grain free and grain based varieties.

There are several types of raw food really. Though most people would greatly rely on the grocery store meat section or butchers as their source. If you are not aware of it, there are many pet stores these days that offer ground raw diets for your dog. These would be a simple mixture of organs, bones, meat, some vegetables and other added supplements. Buying raw foods commercially may be more expensive compared to buying beef, chicken, or pork meat by the case at the grocery store.

Dehydrated dog food comes in various ranges from the brands of kibble you usually see on the store to the specialty dry foods using less human-grade ingredients and preservatives with no grains and even dehydrated raw vegetables and meat. There are a number of companies that offers dehydrated foods that when added to a cooked or raw meat would then form a complete meal for your dog.

Pekingese Diet

Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

Advantages

Most canines do exectionally well with high-quality dehydrated diet. It is convenient and cheaper for the pet parents compared to feeding them raw diet, especially during traveling. Most vets are also comfortable when their clients would feed commercial dog food since dehydrated diers are generally safe. It is usually tolerated well by your pet and you can also add different types of protein or safe table scraps and nutritious fruits and vegetables according to your pet’s liking.

On the other hand, dogs that are on raw diets were observed to have cleaner teeth, which then leads to a more healthier dog. An expert once stated that chewing bones would scrape his teeth clean while eating dry food would just end up in between his gums and teeth which would induce bacteria build up thus leading to heart and other organ damage.

Disadvantages

Sorry to break it to you but most pet owners are not aware or only know a little of the sources of the ingredients that are present in most dehydrated food products. In the US alone, there were 979 pet food recalls between the dates of January 1, 2006 to June 10, 2010. There are also owners who are wary about the preservatives present in the food which some were proven to be carcinogens.

Raw diet is not without danger either since raw meat itself already contains bacteria which would make your pet ill. That is why some pet owners would go for the expensive ground raw food or grind it on their own just because they are afraid of the dangers of the bones may pose. There are also concerns that includes the daily handling of the raw meat as it would pose as a health risk to the family in the household.

Cost Comparison

Although there are some specialty dehydrated dog foods that are quite expensive, bottom line is that raw diet costs more to feed than the dehydrated diet. Those who are living in a multi-dog household, or one that has a large dog should also consider the cost of having an extra freezer for it. A dog approximately needs 1 pound per day for each 50 pounds of his weight. So, a 100-pound dog should eat 2 pounds of raw dog food daily.

Whatever your chosen pekingese diet is make sure that it is the best for your pet. After all, it is your call since you are the one doing the budgeting. Just consider your pet’s needs and what is the best for him to have. You may not want to overfeed him since it would only pose more health issues in the long run. Think twice and think wise about this matter.

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