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{November 4, 2010}   Dog Food

By – Nidarshana Sharma

Dog FoodDogs are the most favorite pets in the world. According to the statistics published by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association in the National Pet Owner Survey in 2009-2010, it is estimated that there are 77.5 million dog owners in the United States. The same survey shows that nearly 40% of American households own at least one dog, of which 67% own just one dog, 25% two dogs and nearly 9% more than two dogs.

Dogs are known to be very faithful animals and are often called man’s best friend. Indeed many people are very attached to their pet dogs. They take them everywhere they go. They spend a lot of time with them and take care of them like children. Many childless couples adopt dogs.

However, having a dog means a lot of responsibility. Dogs need to be taken for walks every day.  They must be fed regularly. Dog food is generally what they’re given. Dog food is food intended for consumption by dogs or other canine. Some people make their own dog food, feed their dogs meals made from ingredients purchased in grocery or health-food stores or give their dogs a raw food diet. Many others rely on commercially manufactured dog food.

Most store-bought dog food can either be in a dry form (also known in the US as kibble) or a wet canned form. Generally, dry food is preferred for reasons of convenience and price.

Dry dog food is cheaper when compared to wet canned food and is also more nutritionally dense. A lesser quantity of dry food is required when compared to wet food. Dry food also contains more fillers like corn and wheat and lesser quantities of meat.

Pellets of dry dog food, called kibble in the US, are produced by one of two methods, extrusion and baking. What happens here is, an expander is fed with cut dough and a mixture of raw materials. When removed from the high pressure that results, the pellets puff up like popcorn. The resultant kibble is allowed to dry, and then sprayed with vitamins, fats and oils, or any other ingredients that are not heat-tolerant.

Wet canned food contains higher amounts of moisture when compared to dry pellets. The food is usually sterilized after being canned; it is easier to ensure the sterility of wet food. However, since it has high moisture content, larger amounts of wet food must be fed when compared to dry dog food. Grain gluten and other protein gels may be used in wet dog food to create artificial meaty chunks, which look like real meat.

While you could purchase dog food from the store, you could also feed your dog some homemade dog food. Since their diet is primarily non-vegetarian, you could use cooked meat or raw meat, ground bone and also pureed vegetables, taurine supplements, and other multivitamin supplements.

In addition to feeding them well, ensure good physical activity for your dog. Let it loose when at home. Treat it with care and rest assured it will be the best pet ever.

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