As much as we care for our own health and wellness, we extend this concern as well to our beloved pets. What we feed to our furry buddies should be nutritious and fits their needs—without going overboard with our budget.



Carefully checking labels of pet food and choosing which among the stacks from the grocery aisles can be daunting, for sure. While inexpensive items raise the risk of lower-grade food and more expensive ones can assure top-tier nutrition, you shouldn’t feel pressure and restraint when it comes to your purchase.


The debate on getting kibble or canned pet food is still a matter of preference. Meanwhile, the new pet food trend freeze dried is slowly inching its way in winning pet owners (and their pets!) hearts. All these options have their respective pros and cons, but really—what type of food should we feed our pets?


Kibble: The King of Convenience

Nothing beats kibble when it comes to convenience and cost. It’s one of the easiest purchases you can get for your pet, and its longer shelf life is a bonus, especially with the fast-paced life we currently live in now. You just leave enough into their bowls and have your pet eat those nibbles, without worries of their meal going bad in case they leave some excess once they are done with their meal.


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The downside of feeding them kibble is the lesser nutrient content left on their food compared to other food formats. Most kibble contain plant-based proteins, higher carbohydrates, and less moisture. Commercial pet food brands may even have added synthetic ingredients and preservatives that are harmful for your pets well-being.


Canned: The Appetite Booster

The pricier choice, the canned food, packs a winning package when it comes to health benefits. Canned pet food is literally meatier—and with more meat protein and less carbs, your pet can max out on nutrition that their bodies need. This is especially important for growing kittens and puppies! The cherry on top of the cake? No artificial flavoring and coloring are added in this type of food.


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The canned option is also high in moisture content, so your furry friend will feel full faster. But in its wet state, it goes rancid in a matter of hours after opening. So any leftovers should be immediately disposed—and to some, this move is not so economical.  


Freeze Dried: The Raw Alternative

You may or may not have considered getting freeze dried pet food. It could be expensive, after all! But this alternative to raw food is a good substitute for a reason—you gain all the good things of raw food without the hassle of spoilage. Save the little additives to maintain its freshness, freeze dried food is often high quality and grain- and gluten-free. Going the freeze dried route suits a pet owner who’s always traveling as it saves luggage space and lasts long!


And a little amount goes a long way—just rehydrate and watch it swell and ready to be consumed!


Now that we’ve laid out the facts, the choice is still in your hands. Is convenience on top of the priority? Then go kibble! There are brands that carry this type of food that keep necessary nutrients your pet would need. Is cost not much of an issue? Invest in canned—or even better, freeze dried!


If you find yourself in between, though, just remember that mixing kibble and canned food is part of the option, too. Pet food brands like Tiki Pets and Natural Balance both carry dry and wet pet food that are loaded with real ingredients, so your furry friend could get the most out of their meal times!