Many Indian pet parents give their dogs homemade food. As holistic as it seems, homemade dog food may not always be the best idea. It does not contain all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a dog.
It is tricky to find the right balance between proteins, vitamins and minerals. Lacking any of these nutrients can deteriorate your dog’s health in the long run.
The main incentive to stick to home-cooked food is that it’s cheaper than kibble, but that isn’t always true. Homemade dog food has a very short shelf life and you need to spend time to research, find the best produce and cook it. Even after spending so much time, you may not give your dog an optimum product.
To provide a nutritionally balanced home-cooked meal, you must add supplements to their meal. If you don’t give them the right food, they may have excessive shedding. So, at the end of the day, homecooked food costs the same if not more.
10 Reasons Why Kibble Is Better Than Home Cooked Food
Buying good quality kibble can solve all these issues and have a whole other set of advantages. Keep reading why you should give your pup dry dog food.
1. Customised to Your Dog’s Needs
Tell us your dog’s requirement and we are sure there is a formula specially designed for them. For instance, large breed puppies, dogs with a long shiny coat, senior dogs, picky eaters etc, you can find formulas specifically designed for these dogs.
Every dog is unique and so are their needs. But if you do the research you can find the perfect formula for your pooch.
2. Ready to Eat Formulas
Another great thing about kibble is that it is super convenient. Unlike homemade dog food, you don’t have to heat kibble or cut it into bite-size pieces. You just have to pour it in their bowl and let them enjoy their meal.
Since kibble contains lesser than 10% moisture, you need to hydrate your dog throughout the day. Always keep a bowl of fresh water next to their food and you’re good to go.
3. Easy to feed it to your dog
Good quality dry dog food is usually quite aromatic. They don’t need any extra coaxing to have kibble.
If your dog is showing less interest in dry dog food, you can add warm water and leave it for 20 minutes. The hot water will give the pellets a soupy consistency which will stimulate their taste buds.
Other than feeding picky eaters, dry dog food isn’t much of a hassle. It comes in different shapes and sizes. Usually, small-sized pellets are made for senior dogs with tooth and gum problems and little puppies with developing teeth. Smaller pellets are easier to chew and therefore ideal for puppies and seniors. Larger pellets are made for adult dogs.
4. Kibbles come with guidelines
You don’t want to overfeed or underfeed your dog. Unfortunately with homecooked food, we tend to overfeed them because we don’t have proper guideline.
Kibble solves this problem too!
Most dry dog food formulas come with guidelines as to how much you can feed your dog. You must read these guidelines to make sure you’re feeding your dog the right amount.
5. Good For Oral Hygiene
Dry dog food is known to maintain their dental health as well. Soft dog food leads to plaque and tartar build-up. If the plaque and tartar are allowed to sit on their teeth for too long, they might develop bad breath and other teeth and gum problems.
Chewing dry kibble scrubs their gums and teeth and promotes good oral hygiene. Of course, kibble isn’t a replacement for daily brushing but they do help maintain their pearly whites.
6. Easy to Store
Kibble is sold in sealed packets of various shapes and sizes. They’re light and airy because they lack moisture.
You can store it on the shelf. Once you open a packet, store the remaining formula in an airtight container.
Most kibble brands put some amount of (natural or artificial) preservatives to prolong their shelf life. This is why it is important to read through the labels and stay away from products that have artificial preservatives.
7. Readily Available
It has never been easier to get dog food! You can simply buy dog food online. We can quickly browse through the products from the safety of our own homes.
So, finding the right dry dog food is never really a problem.
Believe it or not but the kibble is pocket-friendly as well. They come in different price ranges and you can easily find good quality products on low, medium and high prices ranges.
Also, since the product saves preparation time, it does turn out to be pocket-friendly in the long run.
9. Ideal For Travelling
Kibble packets come in a variety of sizes, from a 100gm packet to a 12kg pack, you can find kibble in whatever size you need.
If you’re travelling with your dog, you can easily find an appropriate travel size pack and carry it with you wherever you go. You can also carry it in a small, air-tight Tupperware container and it will stay fresh.
10. Nutritionally Balanced
We often take for granted the fact that good quality kibble is nutritionally balanced. A lot of research goes into making the perfect dry dog food. Yes, we agree that not all dog food formulas are good for your dog. That is why it is important to be able to read the labels and do your research.
Companies that are determined to provide your pet with a wholesome diet will produce formulas catered to different dog needs. Some dogs are allergic to certain meats, they would typically need a single meat formula.
For all other dogs, multi-meat formulas are a preferred choice. Every protein has a range of different minerals.
For instance, fish meat is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which is good for their fur, eyes and brain. Pork contains high amounts of thiamine which converts carbohydrates into essential sources of energy. Poultry meat is easy to digest and contains high amounts of creatine.
So, it’s ideal to switch it up and give healthy dogs a multi-meat recipe. It is near impossible to cook a multi-meat or nutritionally balanced recipe. You may spend hours trying to cook a healthy formula and fail.
But with the best dog food formulas, you don’t have to do a whole lot – just scoop and serve.
What do you give your dog? Tell us all about it in the comment section below.