compare dehydrated to other types pet foods
What is Dehydrated Pet Food
The process of dehydration removes only the moisture from our pet food ingredients. Because our pet foods are never cooked, canned or extruded, much more of the natural nutrition is maintained keeping them packed with vitamins, minerals and valuable phytonutrients – as well as natural color and flavor. They are healthy, nutritionally balanced meals that only require water to be added before serving and offer great health benefits.
How Does The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Pet Food Compare
You want to feed your pet the healthiest food possible but convenience is also important. Dehydrated is the perfect balance of both of these needs!
Dehydrated vs Kibble
The benefit of kibble is ultimately its convenience– simply scoop and serve. Unfortunately, kibbles are cooked, extruded and baked at such high temperatures that the end product turns brown and many of the nutrients are destroyed.
These highly processed foods, that often contain artificial chemical preservatives and hard-to-digest by-products, can gradually deplete an animal’s immune system over time and actually make them more susceptible to long term health problems.
Chemical preservatives, such as Ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT, have also been directly linked to an increased incidence of cancer in pets. Read more about the dangers linked to kibble >
In comparison to kibble, dehydrated ingredients are touched as little as possible at a much lower heat level. This keeps the foods rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and amino acids that any living thing needs in order to remain strong, healthy and resilient to disease. The end dehydrated pet food contains the raw foods’ natural color, flavor and aroma, which shows that it still contains life.
Dehydrated vs Canned
Dehydrated pet food products are great dog food and cat food alternatives to canned food, as they contain high levels of moisture* and are delicious to even the pickiest of eaters. However, unlike most canned foods, dehydrated pet foods do not contain added sugars, salts or artificial preservatives. They are also not ‘sticky’ so they don’t contribute to plaque buildup like canned food.
*The moisture is added at mealtime, keeping dehydrated products light-weight and compact, reducing shipping costs and fossil fuel use.
Dehydrated vs Raw
As another alternative to dog food and cat food, we advocate raw-feeding for animals who can tolerate it. The benefits of raw food are live enzymes, as well as untouched nutrients. To complement a raw diet, we have created three meat-free base mixes that you can mix directly with raw meat. This takes the guesswork out of whether your dog is getting enough nutrients from a raw-based diet alone.
If you aren’t comfortable feeding a raw diet or your pet's immune system won't allow it, dehydrated pet food diets are a great dog food alternative. Unlike homemade raw diets prepared with grocery store meats, the meats used in our dehydrated recipes are pathogen safe and are even FDA approved ‘human grade’. Grocery store raw meat may contain allowable amounts of salmonella, because it is intended to be cooked before consumption. We recommend sourcing your own raw meat from trusted suppliers, or using a prepared raw pet food product that’s intended for raw consumption, which has undergone HPP or other safety steps.
Dehydrated vs Homemade
An additional and more tedious dog food and cat food alternative is to cook all of your pet’s meals yourself. The benefit of home cooking is really having control over each ingredient used. It’s particularly beneficial for pet owners who are concerned with their food’s origin. However, it is time consuming and can be messy! Our dehydrated pet foods are essentially a homemade meal, made easy. You simply add warm water and your pet has a warm, delicious meal.
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