It is amazing how dogs have adjusted to the change in the way their food is processed and presented. It is the dogs’ nature to hunt for their meal that is mainly carnivorous. Through the years, dogs’ preference evolved and is able to eat a variety of food from raw meat, food scraps and processed dog food.
They have survived even in the toughest moments where they have to eat leftovers. Dog food is actually the processed food especially manufactured for the consumption, solely, by dogs.
Dog food and its history
Accounts of the historical creation of this dog food can be traced back in London when an American electrician noticed the dogs having a feast on scraps of biscuits. He then created his own version of dog food that contained wheat, vegetables and meat. James Spratt’s discovery opened the doors in the market in the United States of America and began production in 1890. This was then called Spratt’s Patent limited. Later, the Spratt’s trademark joined and became part of General Mills in 1950.
Dog food and its contents
Most of the cheap commercially prepared dog food consists of animal by-products that come from animals that have died from an illness, grain fillers and some meat from cow brains and spinal cords. While expensive dog food comes from organic products, the persons who advocate a natural diet oppose of having products made from undesirable contents that may cause harm to the dogs. Packaging labels of these dog foods are being questioned about saying that these are natural food. They suggest having the ingredients listed according to the amount that each packaging contains.
Dog food and its varieties
Although dog foods are being manufactured and processed in our times, opponents greatly desire to still have the most natural way of feeding these animals. Due to this, commercially prepared dog food comes in different varieties. First is the wet dog food. This is generally clean and sterile due to the process that this type underwent during the production. Moreover, wet dog food has higher protein and fat contents. Second is the frozen dog food. This can either be cooked or raw depending on the production process. This type maintains the integrity of the nutritional value of the food that a dog can get. The only advantage of this is it has a short shelf life so in order to counteract the effects of this, they are packed frozen. Third is the dehydrated type of dog food that is available in raw or cooked form. Usually it may look like dry kibbles. What makes this different is the processing: it is air dried to lessen the amount of moisture so as to decrease the amount of bacteria that might create a colony. Just like instant noodles, this can be served by adding warm water. Fourth is the vegetarian dog food. In cases of food allergies, this is the most recommended dietary regimen for the dogs. It is composed of oatmeal, potatoes and pea protein. Fifth is the homemade dog food. This is home-cooked dog recipe that is sold through the internet. This preparation may include ground bone, pureed vegetables, cooked or raw meat and other multivitamins. Dog owners usually choose this as a dietary plan for the dogs due to its contents and the nature of how it is produced. The last variety is the pasteurized dog food that is called fresh or refrigerated dog food. Producers pasteurize fresh ingredients, seal them in a vacuum package and kept refrigerated until these are served. It is important for this type of food that is kept refrigerated since it is vulnerable for spoiling.