Are Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Dog Foods Healthy?

Freeze dried dog foods are currently on the rise in popularity. It's worth mentioning, however, that there is a difference between freeze drying and dehydrated dog foods. Freeze-drying is a more desirable process for dog food than dehyration. Mostly due to the quick freeze drying process which is able to lock in nutrients of raw ingredients.

Freeze dried dog foods offers many benefits to both the human and the dog.

Freeze dried dog foods can be very good for your dog. But of course, you have to review the ingredients of any freeze dried dog food to determine the nutritional value. Currently, there are some very nutritious brands of dehydrated dog foods—even some being grain free. (see: Recommendations)

The Drawbacks

It's hard to think of any negative aspects related to a freeze dried dog food, but if adding a bit of water and letting the food soak for a bit is a drawback, that would be it. Dehydrated dog food must be reconstituted before served, which makes it somewhat less convenient than simply scooping up a cup out of a bag of kibble.

The Benefits

Dehydrated dog food can offer excellent nutrition. Especially when the food is dehydrated in its raw state, the natural vitamins and enzymes remain intact. The process of freeze-drying the dog food keeps the food from spoiling. And, Because the food is dehydrated, it takes up less storage spaceprior to preparation.