Many people have asked what is the best type of dog food to use when they are going to switch to using an automatic dog feeder rather than doing it everyday by hand.
This is a good question! Even the best automatic dog feeders do not work well with all types of dog foods. So I thought I would write a brief article explaining which foods work best with these handy little tools.
4 Types of Dog Food
There are 4 types of dog food on the market today. Depending on your budget and your sensibilities, you probably already use one or more of these types. They are...
- Dry Dog Food - (Kibbles)
- Semi-Moist Dog Food
- Canned Dog Food - (Wet)
- Frozen Or Freeze Dried Dog Food - (Gourmet)
All for of these types of dog food "MAY" and I emphasize may, be used in an automatic dog food dispenser.
Not all automatic dog feeders can handle wet or gourmet food. The feeders that measure amount and hold the food in a storage container cannot handle these types. It is only the dog feeders that allow you to place portions in separate bowls that open on a schedule can be used for these types of food and even then it is not best practices because the food can spoil and the dispenser needs cleaned after every use.
The Best Dog Food To Use In An Automatic Dog Feeder
I am only going to talk about the 2 types of dog food that is best used in a dog feeder and those are dry food and semi-moist food.
Semi-Moist Dog Food
Usually semi-moist dog food is used for dog treats rather than for a steady diet. This is because of the artificial colors and flavors used in the mix along with the preservatives.
Semi-moist dog food usually comes in the form of soft pellets. It is packaged in individual portion sizes. It really isn't designed to be stored in bulk. However it will work with most automatic dog feeders because it is still able to be dispensed in portions and will not stick to the dispensing mechanism.
Dry Dog Food
Dry dog food or kibbles, is by far the most popular and the best type of dog food to use in an automatic dog feeder. We all remember the "kibbles and bits" commercial from the 80's right? It was a mixture of both semi-moist dog food and kibbles or dry dog food.
Dry dog food has a very low moisture content. It can come in the form of kibble, but also includes flakes and biscuits or mixers.
Dry kibble is the most popular dog food diet because it is the cheapest option on the market
One of the biggest benefits of dry dog food is its ability to be stored in bulk. Not only in the large bags that it comes in, but in your automatic dog feeder storage as well.
Dry dog food also will clean your dog's teeth helping you keep "doggy breath" to a minimum. It also does not spoil nearly as quickly.
However when feeding your dog dry food, there are a lot of brands that place a lot of filler in their food. Make sure you buy a quality brand of dog food for your pooch. Stay away from brands that have a lot of corn meal or corn in them. Make sure that the primary ingredient is meat even if it is dried meat.
Try to stay away from dry dog food that has a lot of artificial colors and preservatives in it. Go as natural as possible.
Speak to your veterinarian, do your research and consider your budget. Spending a little extra on a the best dog food you can afford will aid in your dog's overall health and happiness. Not only that but you will be saving money in the long run on vet bills, supplements and the cost of keeping your dog well groomed.
Understanding the different types of dog foods that work best in an automatic dog feeder and making the best choice for your dog will make Rover much happier and healthier for a long time to come.