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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.
The average dry food is the least expensive, per pound, when compared to its canned wet or semi-moist counterparts. It is usually 6-10% moisture by volume, as compared to up to 78% in canned food. It can be beneficial in the prevention of tartar buildup, as well as being less likely to spoil quickly than an open can.
Wet, or canned, dog food is significantly higher in moisture than dry or semi-moist food. Because the food is sterilized after being canned, it is often easier to ensure the sterility of wet food. A given wet food will often be higher in protein or fat when compared to a similar kibble on a dry matter basis. However, because water accounts for so much of the food, the canned food will generally be lower in protein and fat in terms of actual content.
Fresh dog food uses the pasteurization instead of the traditional extrusion method used to process pet food. This processing technique makes fresh dog food more vulnerable to bacteria compare to dry and wet dog food. To prevent spoilage, refrigerators are used as storage instead of shelves. Fresh dog foods are highly palatable, contains zero preservative and use only fresh wholesome ingredients.
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