Transfer the dog to dry food, feeding dogs with dry food
How to transfer a dog to dry food and is it worth doing? Such a question is posed to itself today by many dog breeders, pondering the diet of their four-legged friends.
And the problem is not that conventionalThe products that were used for this purpose were lost from the shelves of shops and markets. The fact is that a huge amount of dry food for dogs of industrial manufacture, both domestic and foreign, has appeared on sale. Let's try to understand the essence of the matter and help readers make the best choice.
Care for a four-footed friend, urbanization andThe rise in the standard of living of the population of the developed countries led to the appearance at the beginning of the 20th century of a new commodity - food for domestic animals. Given the customer demand, two areas of development of this industry were gradually developed, the differences of which were based on the specifics of the buyer's attitude towards the dog: as a member of the family or as an animal with certain working functions.
Recently, the quality of industrial productsFor dogs has significantly improved, which was promoted by the expansion of knowledge in the field of dietetics and the intense competition between producers. Moreover, some types of products are even recommended by veterinary doctors, since they have no special contraindications to the use.
Advantages of feeding dogs with dry food
Most veterinarians approve the feeding of dogs with dry food. The most frequently mentioned arguments in their favor were:
- Balanced composition of raw materials;
- Practicality: convenience of storage and use;
- High quality of the goods;
- Reasonable price;
- Stability of the diet;
- Attractive appearance.
If we ignore the scientific discussions, the mainThe problem that arises when using dog food, especially dry ones, is to overcome the psychological barrier: very many owners are disgusted by the "ease of use", which allegedly does not allow them to show tender feelings for their pet. Therefore, the decision to transfer the dog to dry food can not be given easily.
Food prepared at home,Requiring much more effort and time, is for a considerable number of dog lovers (especially old age) a testament to their love of animals.
The fact itself provokes resistanceEncroachment on the ritual of feeding, there is a feeling of guilt before the animal, which leads, in the final analysis, to the refusal to eat industrial food
This attitude to dry foods, for example, is noticeableIn France, a country with rich culinary traditions, while, say, in the Anglo-Saxon countries (England, Holland, the United States), where this factor is of much less importance, the introduction of industrial food for dogs was massive and impetuous.
For example, if in France only 30% of all money spent on food for dogs and cats goes to buy food concentrates, then in England and the United States, the figure is already 70%.
Food concentrates for dogs can be divided into the following three groups, Depending on the moisture content in them:
1. Food for dogs with a high moisture content (from 70 to 80%):
- Products subjected to aperitization;
- Frozen boiled meat;
2. Dog food with an average percentage of moisture:
- Boiled and containing chemical preservatives
3. Dry food (less than 14%) - granulated products, biscuits, croquettes, cereals, etc.
These different types of products either constitute the entire diet of the animal, or serve as a supplement to the basic diet to fully satisfy its physiological needs.
Recently, in our "market" supply forDogs are the most popular brands: domestic "Trapeza", "Our Brand" and foreign "PEDIGREE PAL" "ROYAL CANIN", ACANA, BRIT, Hill's, Bosh, etc.
Here, that in this occasion we were answered by Andrey Usoltsev, the director of the company, which imports the products of "ROYAL CANIN"
-Every of the producers of food for animalsSeeks to occupy a "niche" in the market. It is natural. The company "ROYAL CANIN" specializes in the production of dry food only and takes into account the needs of dogs and cats from the moment of their appearance until the end of life: from milk for weaned pups to a balanced diet for aging dogs. Researchers of the scientific center of the company created a whole range of products for animals with high physical and emotional loads (hunting, running, various competitions). I hope that many dog breeders will be interested in another range of feeds for dogs actively used for breeding.
In addition to the necessary set of vitamins and mineralsAdditives, these types of feeds are high in protein content - more than 30% - and high taste qualities, which is very important. Let your pets try "for a tooth" these feeds, and then the owners of dogs themselves will decide the question with which we started a conversation-to transfer the dog to dry food or not?