Foods for animals come in a variety of forms and customers often have questions about their differences. This is a quick overview of food types to help answer those questions and make the best selection for your favorite companion.
Raw diets contain raw or cooked meat, raw bones, raw or pasteurized dairy products and cooked grains, with small amounts of fruits, vegetables, herbs, & other nutrients in specific ratios for each species. The diets can be frozen, freeze-dried, air-dried or dehydrated. Many raw feeders feel that whole foods and an ancestral diet is best for optimal health. Many issues with bad breath, digestion, coat & skin issues, diabetes and other chronic illnesses seem to improve after transitioning to a whole food raw diet.
Grain-free diets come in kibble and canned varieties, and do not contain any grains like corn, wheat, soy, barley or oats. Grain-free dry food has a variety of other ingredients to help bind it, including sweet potatoes, tapioca, and legumes. Many proponents of grain-free foods for dogs and cats feel that grains are not necessary for optimal health with omnivore-carnivores and obligate carnivores.
Premium & Holistic Diets
Premium & holistic pet foods use human grade ingredients, natural preservatives and can include whole grains. They are nutritionally complete and balanced for all life stages, and can be a combination of proteins. Allergy specific formulas are typically single-source protein and may have limited ingredients. The diets typically come in dry kibble and canned formulas.