There are many varieties of dog food to choose from.
Dog food is
plant or animal
material intended for consumption by
dogs or other
dog foods given as a reward, and not as a staple, are known as dog treats.
Some people make their own dog food or feed their dogs meals made from
ingredients purchased in grocery or health-food stores; many others rely on
commercially manufactured dog food.
There are many different recommendations on what diet is best for dogs. Some
people argue that commercial dog foods contain additives or poor-quality (or
even dangerous) meat or ingredients that dogs should not ingest or that certain
commercial foods are not nutritionally sufficient for their dogs. Different
homemade diets are recommended by various experts, from "natural" diets
consisting primarily of
vegetarian diets consisting only of nutritionally balanced vegetarian
ingredients, to mixtures consisting of ingredients such as
meats, eggs, and
Most dogs willingly eat vegetables, particularly if they are cooked, and many
kinds of fruit, although
toxic to dogs.
Commercial dog food
By its water
content, commercial dog food can be categorized into following types:
The making of dog food
Dried pellet dog food, called kibble, is made in two different ways:
extruding and baking. During extruding, a mixture of raw materials is fed into
an expander while pressurized
steam or hot
water is added. When removed from the
the pellets puff like
pellets are allowed to dry, then sprayed with
grease, or any
other ingredients that are not heat-tolerant. The down side of extruding is that
the fats added after cooking often turn rancid and the vitamins may be destroyed
by heat during storage or shipping.
Dog treats are usually higher in grease or fats. These are usually designed
to be held in a person's hand without being messy, and are often designed in
fanciful shapes and colors.
Most commercial dog foods are made from materials unusable or less desirable
consumption. These may include:
by-products or digests
Dog treats are special dog foods given as a reward, and not as a staple food
There are dog foods specially formulated to dogs that are
These foods usually contain
fish meat. Some dog
foods are designed for dogs with maladies such as
urinary tract infections, and some foods are tailored to the dietary needs
of especially young or old dogs. There also exist
dog foods marketed to owners who do not wish for their dogs to consume meat
Dog Chow (made by
Ralston-Purina, owned by
Artemis (made by Artemis Company
Innova (made by Natura
Canidae (made by Canidae Corporation
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul (made by Diamond Pet Foods
- Dr. Bilinghurst's BARF Diet (made by Barf World Inc.
Eagle Pack Pet Foods (made by Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc.
Iams (made by The Iams Company
, owned by
Procter & Gamble)
Kal Kan and
Pedigree (made by
Pedigree Petfoods, owned by
Kibbles 'n Bits (made by Del Monte Foods)
Nutro (made by
Nutro Products, Inc.
Royal Canin (mady by Royal Canin USA, Inc.
Science Diet (made by
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Solid Gold (made by Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.
Wellness (made by Old Mother Hubbard
Natural Balance Pet Foods Dog food humans can eat by [Dick Van
Wysong Pet Products (made by Wysong Corporation
- Award (H. J. Heinz)
- Bounce, Cesar, Chappie, Markies, Pal and Pedigree Chum (made by
Pedigree Petfoods, part of Mars UK Ltd, owned by Mars, Incorporated)
- Fido, Winalot (Spillers, owned by Nestlé)
Happidog, the first vegetarian dog food company ()
Barker & Barker Liver Treats, Dog training treats and food
| Animal Euthanasia
| Animal Shelter
| Companion Dogs
| Dog Adoption
| Dog Food
| Greyhound Adoption
| Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
| Lap Dog
| Microchip Implant
| Puppy Mills
| Rescue Dogs
| Rescue Groups
Dogs, made by MultiMedia | Free content and software
This guide is licensed under the GNU
Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia.
Recommend This Page To A Friend!