What are the pros/cons of feeding freeze-dried foods to my dog?
Freeze-dried dog food is actually made from cooked fresh foods with nearly all of the water content removed through a special process. Freeze-drying works by first freezing the material and then reducing the surrounding pressure to allow the frozen water in the material to transform directly from the solid phase to the gas phase—without passing through a liquid stage.
When it’s time to feed the dog, just add water to rehydrate the food—and voila! Dinner is served.
There are many benefits to using freeze-dried dog food:
• The final result is light and airy. Because of the light weight, you might want to consider it for when you and doggie travel.
• Lack of spoilage. Bacteria needs water to survive, but it can’t because there’s no water in a freeze dried dog food. However, once you rehydrate, do feed immediately—and then put any leftovers in the refrigerator where they will last for about 24 hours.
• Your cabinets will never be bare. Some people who live in hurricane or other storm regions, keep a supply of freeze-dried dog food in case they can’t get out of the house,
• Easy storage. The package is small enough that it can fit almost anywhere.
• All natural. The process demands very little processing, so chemicals and hormones are minimal.
• Increased preservation of nutrients. The process includes very little heat, so nutrients, amino acids and enzymes are kept intact.
More expensive: While it can be pricey, there are those who feel the convenience and nutritional There are many benefits to using freeze-dried dog food:
• The final result is light and airy. Because of the light weight, the food is ideal for times when you and your dog are traveling.
• Lack of spoilage. Micro-organisms need water to survive.
Since freeze-dried food has none, there’s no opportunity for mold or other bacteria to grow.
• However, once you rehydrate the food, you must feed immediately and refrigerate any leftovers. And the leftovers will only stay viable for about 24 hours. benefits outweigh the cost.
• Pre-treatment: Sometime more chemicals are necessary, often done to prevent damage such as loss of color.
• Sometimes the long shelf life is interrupted, because flash-freezing is part of the process; there can be crumbling during the packaging process, and this can reduce shelf life if food is not stored at low humidity levels.
• Spoilage caution: Once the food is rehydrated, you must feed it immediately and refrigerate any leftovers. Micro-organisms can live in water.