Our pets truly become part of our family. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without Fido there to welcome us home when we get back after a long day, or how nuts puppies go when it’s time for dinner. Speaking of dinner, the ingredients that we eat and our dogs eat are becoming more and more similar. Pet owners are starting to turn to foods that they trust and believe are better for their pets, with ingredients that they can pronounce. With pets being such an important part of our families, pet owners are investing more into what their dogs eat.
For some, the grade of food that their dogs eat has to be human grade, meaning that it’s safe enough for people to eat too! But what exactly are the types of human grade dog food? Well, we at Digital Doggy sunk our paws into the topic to find out.
A term that’s used often when referring to this high caliber dog food is super premium. Super premium foods are vitamin rich and nutritionally dense, featuring quality proteins, fats and carbohydrates, according to Brad Gruber, president and COO for Health Extension Pet Care in Deer Park, NY. Sounds like it’s got everything your pup needs for a healthy life! And since these foods are so nutrient dense, dog owners don’t have to feed their pets as much. A little goes a long way (and makes it waaay easier to clean up after mealtimes!)
Super premium foods and the nutrients they provide have a visible impact on dogs. Typically their coats are shinier, fur is thicker, and their overall health improves. Terry Brlecic is the owner of Pet Things in Douglasville, GA and says “When a shopper switches from a grocery store food to a higher-quality product, they see improvement in the coat and overall health of their pet.” But high quality dog food tends to come with a higher price point, and manufacturers are trying to find a way to strike a balance between price and quality of food.
One company called Cloud Star offers premium foods in a wide range. They prepare their foods in human-grade facilities and all of their food is grain-free. They offer a wide array of types of food, with everything from baked kibble to wet complete meals. Their baked kibble are free of meat byproducts, grain, corn, and soy. Every recipe includes high-quality chicken, duck or lamb, combined with pulses like lentils and chickpeas, according to VP of marketing for Cloud Star, Ann Hudson.
“Complete and balanced in the bag, Wellmade grain-free dehydrated mixes can be prepared at home with fresh meat, meat included or all-vegetable options,” Hudson said. “To improve digestibility, the produce is dehydrated and starches precooked before drying.” Sounds like a delicious dinner!
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