The benefits of pressed food |
a huge difference!
Pressed food has many benefits. Not just for your dog, but also for the environment!
Pressed food is extremely condensed and therefore has less volume, making the daily portions -compared to extruded food- a lot smaller. This reduces stress on the stomach.
Due to the smaller volume and as a result, less stress on the stomach, pressed food is especially suitable for more active and/or sport dogs. Furthermore, pressed food falls apart slowly in the stomach, like a pile of sand, which makes it easily digestible and allows for a gradual absorption of nutrients. The moisture in the stomach causes extruded pellets to swell a little bit before falling apart.
The high density of nutrients in a pressed food can be beneficial to gestating bitches as well. Towards the end of gestation, bitches might be inclined to eat less because her nearly full-term puppies are in the way, pressing against her stomach, even though at this point it is essential for her to take in energy-rich food. The smaller portions of pressed pellets ensure the intake of sufficient amounts of ‘fuel’. This may also benefit puppies in their process of getting used to solid foods; pressed pellets contain more nutrients and energy than extruded varieties for the same weight in food.
Because all nutrients are pressed in and all air is taken out, pressed food takes up less space. Not only in their packages, but also in your pet’s stomach. We can use the same size packaging for 15 kilos of pressed food that we use for 10 kilos of extruded food, and in a 2 kilo-bag of extruded food we can fit 3 kilos of pressed kibble. That saves approximately 30 percent of packaging materials! On top of that, more kilos of pressed food fit onto one pallet, which decreases the quantity of transport needed and less energy is used for low-temperature manufacturing.
Many dogs love pressed food.
Due to the low temperatures that are being used when manufacturing pressed food, we use precooked carbohydrate sources like maize, rice and/or potato. These allow for your dog to optimally take up and benefit from the nutrients in our ingredients.
A lot of dogs love pressed food, which makes it ideal for picky eaters. Some dogs need a little getting used to their pressed meals. That’s either because they don’t contain any artificial aromas or flavorings, or because they lack the fatty layer that extruded kibbles have. When manufacturing pressed food, oils and fats are added simultaneously with the rest of the ingredients. This is not possible with extruded food due to the high temperatures that are being used in the baking process, so they are added later on.
Add a splash of warm water to the kibble to make it (even) more appealing.
Pressed food or a extruded type, what is the difference? Click here to find out the answer to that question.
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