There might be some misconception about canned food and like a can of Spam, that it’s just junk loaded luncheon meat. However as with everything else, there are good and bad choices, and canned food in fact is not all bad. Today we will look at some of the pros and cons of feeding canned food, as well as dispel some of the myths surrounding it.
- Because canned food need not be flashed cooked and dehydrated to achieve its form, it may retain more of the natural vitamins and minerals that is more readily absorbed and hence more beneficial than artificially added ones.
- It’s important to give your pets variety, and because there’s so many flavors to choose from, giving your pets canned food is one of the convenient ways to add balanced nutrition into their diet. However, it’s not advisable to open multiple flavors of kibbles at once as it risks causing the unsaturated fats to go rancid. Besides, Singapore’s warm weather all year round will cause the growth of rivet larvae in the food.
- Different meat and vegetables provides different nutrients and it is a good idea to mix canned food with the kibbles several times a week. Unfinished canned food can be kept covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- As canned food has high moisture content, it is a source of liquid for naughty Fido who doesn’t like to drink water or have water added into their food.
- Because it’s canned, it doesn’t need artificial preservatives, which translates into lesser chemicals in the food.
- Do you remember how ‘the usually cold towards kibble’ Fido emptied and almost licked a hole through the bowl the first time you let it try canned food? Most dogs prefer canned food, so it’s great for malnourished dogs that refused to eat. But don’t be mistaken, their preference for canned food may be from the added broth and not because that it is salty like human canned food. Just a side note, it’s interesting to know that dogs do not crave for salty food like we do.
- The only time when I would discourage canned food is when you know that your pet is an extremely fussy eater. It’s common to see dogs starve themselves for 3 days just because they don’t have their favourite food. Worse is, they quickly get tired of their favourite food because they know that their owner will bring them new brands if they refuse to eat.
- Secondly, canned food is definitely more expensive compared to dried food and the cost really adds up if you have a big dog.
In the end, if you do not have that kind of time to shop for canned food, don’t worry, as long as you’re doing your best to add variety. Give em apples when you’re having some, or how about the tough ends of asparagus or pork cartilage you hate to eat? They’ll love it and it’s good for them! To find out what are some of the good brands with quality ingredients you can choose from, you can visit Dog Food’s Advisor’s website for more information.
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