Freeze-Dried vs. Dehydrated Pet Food
These days, it seems like there are more options than ever for pet parents when it comes to selecting the food to feed their fur babies. There are plenty of recipes available that can provide your four-legged family member with the nourishment that they crave, including freeze-dried and dehydrated pet foods.
Ren’s Pets carries a limited selection of freeze-dried and dehydrated food products for dogs and cats in-store and online. With many health benefits and an irresistible taste, these foods are sure to get your pet excited for mealtime!
If you’re considering switching up your pet’s meal routine, it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian beforehand. While there are many benefits to freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, it’s important that you determine whether these types of meal routines are appropriate for your pet’s specific dietary needs.
The freeze-drying process involves freezing raw food, placing it in a vacuum chamber and then removing all the water from the food. This is done by raising the temperature inside the vacuum chamber very slightly, which causes the frozen water to vaporize, completely bypassing the liquid phase as the food is never exposed to temperatures above freezing.
As freeze-dried cat and dog food is comprised of high-quality ingredients, it tends to be sold at a higher price point than a lot of other pet foods. If you’re interested in incorporating freeze-dried food into your pet’s meal routine but don’t want to spend the money on a full freeze-dried diet, consider using a meal mixer. Simply add a scoop of the freeze-dried meal mixer to your pet’s kibble for an easy way to add nutritious raw meat, fruits, vegetables, probiotics and antioxidants to their diet.
Dehydration also removes moisture, however unlike freeze-drying the process involves applying a low amount of heat to the raw food. Warm air is blown around the food and the gentle process prevents nutrients and enzymes from breaking down. When mealtime rolls around, simply add water to the dehydrated food, stir, let sit and allow your furry friend to dig in!
Ideal for travelling, dehydrated food offers a great solution if you’re unable to bring your pet’s regular food on a trip. Big Country Raw’s Trek Turkey and Beef dehydrated food can provide your dog with a meal that is not only nutritious, but also delicious and less messy than regular raw.
Featuring ingredients that contain a high number of essential protein and nutrients, many pet parents enjoy feeding freeze-dried or dehydrated food to their pets as an alternative to raw as it’s often more convenient and considerably less messy.
Most freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are also free of additives, which can help improve oral health due to the lack of added ingredients that can build up and cause damage. They can also support enhanced coat and skin health and reduced allergies and sensitivities in your beloved companion. Due to their low moisture content, these types of pet foods also tend to have a long shelf life, making them quite convenient as you can keep a package on hand in case of emergencies.