Which is better - dry or wet food?
Moist food ("canned food", today also in bowls or bags) contains approx. 80% moisture. This means that the animal consumes a lot of liquid, but also has to eat a much larger amount to meet its nutritional needs. Wet food is usually higher in protein, while dry food contains more carbohydrates.
Dry food only has about 10% moisture and is therefore more concentrated, so your pet needs a much smaller amount of food. Dry food is therefore found to be more convenient by many owners.
Dogs can be fed equally well with dry and wet food. You can choose the food according to your and your dog's preferences. A combination of wet and dry food is also possible.
Cats should be fed at least partly with moist food. On the one hand, it is more satisfying, and on the other hand, you can ensure sufficient fluid intake. Cats can also be fed only wet food, they do not need carbohydrates. Wet food corresponds more to natural food in terms of its rough nutrient composition.
What are complete and complementary feeds?
The law requires that a feed must be declared according to its intended use.
A Complete feed must therefore contain all the nutrients the animal needs on a daily basis - see question "How do I choose the right complete feed for my animal".
Supplementary feed are by definition not suitable for feeding alone. They do not contain all nutrients in sufficient quantities - especially minerals and vitamins - and must therefore be combined with other feeds. Typical supplementary feeds are, for example, pure meat cans, which must be supplemented with cereal flakes and a mineral feed. Barf mixtures and treats also belong to supplementary feeds.
How do I choose the right ready-made food for my pet?
Does commercial feed really only contain harmful waste?
Are additives harmful?
All additives must undergo a very extensive and elaborate authorisation procedure before they can be used in animal feed. This ensures that they are not harmful to health.
By the way, additives do not only include technological aids (such as preservatives), but also trace elements and vitamins (=nutritional additives), which are vital for the animal and must be added to a complete feed in order for it to be a complete food.
Do additives really cause cancer?
Additives include, for example, preservatives that prevent dog food from becoming mouldy or rancid. Trace elements and vitamins are also included, which are even necessary in precisely calculated amounts to give a dog a balanced diet. Copper and zinc, for example, are important for skin and coat.
A connection between cancer and additives has not been proven.
Do ready-made foods contain addictive substances?
Is it true that wheat causes allergies?
What do I have to pay attention to if I want to prepare the food myself?
Of course, no harmful or even toxic ingredients may be used.
Is it allowed to feed kitchen scraps?
Is raw feeding ('BARF') really healthier?
What are the risks of BARFing?
There are two main risks to BARFing that need to be considered:
1. Hygiene deficiencies. A variety of pathogens can be transmitted through raw meat: Bacteria (Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacter, EHEC,...), parasite larvae (tapeworms...), protozoa (Toxoplasma...), viruses. These pathogens can not only endanger your pet's health, but also your own. Particularly at risk are small children, pregnant women, senior citizens and the chronically ill. Here you have to pay special attention or prefer to cook the meat.
2. Nutritional deficiencies. Experience shows that the majority of bar recipes do not meet the requirements and malnutrition as well as deficiencies are very common. Growing dogs and breeding bitches are particularly at risk. One must not succumb to the misconception that a supposedly natural diet does not have the same nutrient content requirements as other forms of feeding.
Do dogs need a fasting day?
For which forms of nutrition do you offer counselling?
- Cooking rations
- Veggie plans
- BARF rations / raw feeding
We also prepare rations with ready-made feed as well as combinations of the individual feeding forms.
Should I brush my dog's teeth?
My animal is sick. Does it have to be a diet food from the vet?
Dietetic feed, in simple terms feed for sick animals, is subject to its own EU directive. This ensures that the conditions are met that an animal with a disease needs. They contain special ingredients and a detailed declaration. Dietary feeds from the vet meet these criteria.
Supposed "diet food" from the supermarket or pet shop, on the other hand, does not always meet these requirements. Therefore, always consult your vet or myself if you want to give a diet other than the one prescribed or if you prefer to prepare the food yourself.
Where can I find the study on water supply in cats?
The study on water supply in cats accompanied by Dr Julia Fritz is available on request.