The Advantages of Dehydrated Pet Food

These days more people are switching to dehydrated food than ever.

If you’ve never given it much thought, there are plenty of reasons you might want to give it a try. Before stocking up on another bag of kibble, consider these points that might help save you space and money—all while being more nutritious for your dog.

It lasts longer than you think.

When glancing at a box of dehydrated food that says it only contains ten pounds worth of meals, you be might be put you off. Remember, though, that this is the weight when it’s dry and not wet. That ten-pound bag can almost quadruple once you start using it, meaning that it can last for months on end depending on the size of your pet.

It’s likely healthier.

Many pets require a high-protein diet, but short of feeding them raw food it’s difficult to meet their needs on kibble. Dehydrated food, on the other hand, contains all of the essential protein and nutrients found in meat but keeps it from spoiling faster, meaning you have to take less trips to the store to restock. You won’t have to worry about feeding your four-legged friend something that might make them sick as long as they have a healthy stomach.

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It’s easy to use on trips.

If you find yourself on the road a lot and tend to take your pup everywhere you go, or if you’re an avid hiker, then dehydrated food definitely meets your needs. You can easily pack it into your luggage or bag without adding much weight at all, then whip it out and have it ready quickly by sticking it in some water.

There’s minimal processing.

Dehydrated food is pre-cooked to remove the hassle for you and maintain the taste and nutrition for your dog. The process is slow, which means proteins retain their value without breaking down and provide the same benefits you’d find in raw pet food. It’s also free of harmful chemicals that shouldn’t go into your dog or cat’s body.

It’s safe for humans.

We’re not saying you should scarf down your dog’s dinner here, just that if you come into contact it’s not going to make you sick. Unlike raw dog foods that aren’t pre-cooked, dehydrated foods don’t contain harmful bacteria that could pass foodborne illness onto humans or other animals. While there’s an argument to be made for the health benefits of a raw diet for dogs, it’s also the one that’s most likely to contain salmonella.

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It’s easy to store.

Unlike most options, dehydrated food doesn’t require much special care to keep it from spoiling. It can be stored almost anywhere in a house, doesn’t require refrigeration and tends to last longer than many types of kibble and wet food when kept at normal temps. The boxes are compact and fit in tight spaces, so there’s no bulky bag to contend with or packages of chicken taking of valuable real estate in your freezer.

Dogs love it.

Not all dehydrated food looks appetizing to humans, but most dogs, and some cats, tend to eat just about anything that smells interesting to them. They aren’t likely to turn their nose up to a bowl of dehydrated goodness; even the most finicky of pets are probably going to give it a try. Plus they come in a variety of flavors, so you’re sure to find something that works.

Still not sure? How about trying out a sample or starter box before committing?

Meet the Author: Ben Kerns

Ben Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego. When he’s not busy working you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with funding his outdoor obsessions for as little money as possible. This stuff gets expensive.

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