Some people recommend dog food with meat in the ingredient list
(composition), whilst others recommend to use products with dried
What is the difference and what do you recommend?
The answer is simple - the difference is water content. Fresh
meat can contain up to 80% water. To illustrate that let us compare
two products. Remember that according to legislation the first
ingredient of the composition is always the ingredient that weighs
the most, and tapering down to the last ingredient that weighs the
A has first ingredient: Chicken (20%) and B has first
ingredient: Dried Chicken (20%)
Both products have an animal protein ingredient as the first
ingredient which is what we want to provide for a carnivore like
the dog. However, Product A, uses chicken meat containing 75%
water, thus leaving only 5% dehydrated chicken, which is 4 times
less than in Product B.
In other words, dried meat ingredients provide up to 4 times
more animal protein on a per weight basis as fed! In addition,
because water has been removed, and water is both odorless and
tasteless, the dried meat ingredient has concentrated and enhanced
palatability, which the dog loves.
provided by William Bredal BSc DVM, Veterinary Technical Manager