Frozen Dog Food Diets Examined

Frozen dog food is raw food that's commercially produced and packaged to provide dogs necessary nutrition without the hassle of home food preparation. Frozen pet food utilizes other animal sources of protein such as beef, chicken, lamb or venison. There are several manufacturers that sell commercial frozen dog food. Some companies also conduct USDA inspection on frozen pet food and follow American Feed Control protocols.

Commercially available frozen dog food includes:

  • Paw Naturaw
  • Natures variety
  • Primal Pet Foods
  • BARF diets

Frozen pet food can be served raw at room temperature. The food is complete and balanced for dogs of all ages. Frozen pet food is available in different portion sizes. Several pet owners also prefer to feed their pets, freeze dried raw food that doesn't contain moisture, as it's useful for traveling or training.

Advantages of Feeding Pets Raw Food Diets

  • Studies and pet owners claim, that dogs fed raw food diets have better skin and hair coats in comparison to those fed canned food diets.
  • Pets are also less likely to suffer from obesity and allergy.
  • Barf or biologically appropriate raw food is considered a more natural diet than other dog food.
  • Several dog owners also claim that their pets show increased energy levels after exclusively eating raw pet food.
  • Frozen pet food is convenient as it doesn't require time consuming food preparation.

The Risk of Raw Pet Food Diets

The main disadvantage that surrounds raw or frozen dog food is the risk of bacterial contamination to both pet owners and dogs. Although some people choose to cook the raw food before feeding it to their pets, frozen pet food should only be thawed to room temperature before serving.

All surfaces that come in contact with raw pet food should be washed thoroughly to prevent the spread of bacterial illnesses. Pet owners should also remember to wash their hands after touching frozen pet food. The advantages and disadvantages of using a BARF diet or frozen pet food should be carefully considered before choosing a diet that's best suited to the pet.

Examples of Commercially Available Pet Food

  • USDA Organic Chicken diet for dogs by Paw Naturaw.
  • BARF Juicy Chicken recipe.
  • Nature's Variety Beef Formula.
  • Paw Naturaw Organic Bison Diet.

Dietary Needs of Dogs

Frozen or dehydrated pet foods can be used as everyday meals or as food toppers for any other meal. Dehydrated food should be mixed with warm water and set aside for at least 10 minutes before serving it to pets. The nutritional needs of pets differ greatly due to medical conditions, age and genetic predispositions. Puppy food also greatly differs from food essential to senior dogs.

Dog food should be made of high quality ingredients that can be easily digested and contain necessary minerals and vitamins. Fiber is also an essential constituent of a dog's dietary intake. Pets that have sufficient water intake along with dietary fiber are less susceptible to gastrointestinal discomfort.

Pet owners may be able to choose an ideal diet after a discussion with the vet. In addition, changes to pet diets should always be gradual to prevent food intolerance or indigestion.