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What dog food should I feed my dog?

A common query is “what diet should I feed my dog?”. With so many dog food brands available to choose from, a decision can be hard to make. It is important to know about the ingredients required in a dog’s food for optimal health and wellbeing. This not only has an impact on their digestive system but also how shiny their coats are, as well as their energy levels.

It’s crucial to remember that a dog’s diet will vary by individual. Pet dogs are predominantly carnivores that also eat omnivorous foods. However, a dog’s food should be both complete and balanced to ensure it meets its daily nutritional requirements.

Dry Dog Food

Recent research suggests this is the most common diet fed to dogs by their owners. Dry dog food makes up 71% of the market. A dried diet has a low moisture content of around 8%. The food is extruded into pellets, biscuits or kibbles and often packed in bags or boxes. Meat is usually added in a fresh or dried format. A major advantage of dry food is it can be kept for significantly longer than wet food, which often goes off quicker.

Wet Dog Food

This equates to roughly 33% of the market. This type of food contains a high moisture content, usually cooked at high temperatures to sterilise the food. It is then sealed under pressure and packed into cans, foil trays or pouches. A benefit of wet dog food is it can help to provide a dog with fluid requirements.

Raw Diet

Commercially prepared raw meat diets make up 5% of the market. This format of food is muscle meat that is often still on the bone and stored frozen. Many owners also use this method to create their own homemade diets. This diet may result in a dog drinking less as the food is given to the dog wet.

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