Fresh And Frozen Pet Food

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Video: Dr. Justin Shmalberg, DVM


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Fresh dog food diets are ready to be served right away, unlike frozen diets which can last for extended periods of time. Freezing can preserve a variety of nutrients, but even when frozen, there are some unhealthy changes that may happen to the food, including freezer burn, changes in ingredients that affect how your dog receives the diet, and changes to healthy fats. The changes are slow, but oxidization over time takes a toll.

The approach of a fresh dog food diet is that we're feeding the nutrients and ingredients right away to give optimal concentrations, rather than storing them for extended amounts of time as unknown changes occur within the food. Your dogs will be the judge and jury though - you can certainly expect them to be more enticed with fresh food in terms of flavor alone, though you will know the true nutritional value!


Video Transcription:

Fresh diets are obviously something that you want to feed right away because the freshness is just there at your door, at the table, in your dog’s bowl. Freezing can preserve a variety of nutrients, but even when frozen, there are some changes happening to the food. Many people will be familiar with 'freezer burn' and some changes that can happen in ingredients that could affect how your dog receives the diet, and also we see that fats are undergoing some changes.

They are slow, but they are oxidizing, changing over time. So it is not as though you freeze something and it is perfectly fixed. There are still things happening within the food, so the approach of a fresh diet is that we are taking those fresh ingredients, those nutrients, and feeding them right away to give optimal concentrations and not storing them for an indefinite amount of time when there could be changes occurring within the food itself.


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