You find yourself pursuing the shelves at your local neighborhood pet store and wander into the “home prepared” or raw pet food section. This fast growing category has seen a lot of interest from pet parents like yourself seeking healthier, more nutritious food for your cat or dog. You’ve probably noticed two types of food here – freeze-dried raw pet food or dehydrated pet food. Many times these are considered to be the same, but there are key differences that set them apart.
Both essentially removes moisture from the food, but when it comes to nutritional value, texture and serving, one clearly comes out on top.
Freeze-Dried: Custom freeze-drying process removes moisture under cold pressure without cooking food, keeping the nutritional integrity intact.
Dehydrated: Processed quickly under high velocity heat, which sacrifices about half of the nutritional value.
Freeze-Dried: Retains majority of vitamins and minerals found in fresh, raw pet food.
No added vitamins or minerals needed to meet complete and balanced diet standards for dogs and cats of all life stages.
Dehydrated: Many vitamins lost in processing, with only 40-50% of nutrients remaining in the food.
May need to add artificial vitamins, minerals or supplements to meet complete and balanced diet requirements.
TEXTURE & CONSISTENCY
Freeze-Dried: Food and treats are lightweight and easy for pets of all ages to chew and are easily digestible.
Lightweight treats are great for training, agility and outdoor activities. Plus, freeze-dried raw pet food is a convenient meal to take on the road!
Dehydrated: Food and treats have a hard, cooked texture and may be more difficult for puppies/kittens or mature pets with sensitive teeth to chew.
Most dehydrated foods require rehydration, making them more difficult and less convenient on the go.
Freeze-Dried: Food can be conveniently served “as is” or rehydrated to meet pet’s preference. Only takes 2-3 minutes to rehydrate freeze-dried raw food.
Dehydrated: Food must be rehydrated (5-10 minutes), requiring added time to prepare and is not convenient for traveling meals.