With so many different types of dog food available to you, you might be wondering which is best for your dog. But when it comes to dry food, there’s a very easy way to begin the process of deciding which is right for your dog because there are two main methods of making dry dog food.
One process expands the food, which swells up in your dog’s stomach and the other is cold pressed, which is made at a lower temperature very quickly and each piece of the food dissolves from the outside in so doesn’t expand, which helps dogs to avoid bloating.
This month, with the help of Chris Harris at the Pure Pet Group we’re exploring cold pressed dog food, how it’s made and how it keeps its nutritional value.
What is cold pressed dog food?
To understand more about how the process helps cold pressed dog food to retain more of its natural nutritional value, we asked Chris to explain how it’s made.
“Cold-pressed means the food is cooked very quickly at a temperature (in the case of Pure Dog, 50 celcius), without the use of high temperatures or steam. This allows a lot more of the essential nutrients in the ingredients to remain intact, producing a more natural product.
“The cold-pressed method means that the ingredients are mixed together with cold water and then pressed under low heat treatment for a very short time. This very low temperature of 50c ensures the preservation of nutrients, especially those of the oils. Low temperature cold-pressing also ensures that free radicals, which can put a strain on the dog’s metabolism and damage skin and coat health, are not produced."
How does cold pressed dog food work?
“Cold-pressed food releases nutrients more slowly and dissolves from the outside in (unlike baked foods), and also guards against the risk of bloat (gastric dilation-volvulus syndrome). Due to the particularly gentle production, and the absence of preservatives, the shelf life of this food when stored in unopened bags, is limited to 12 months.”
Are there any other benefits to cold pressed dog food?
Chris tells us their Pure Dog product range is free of grains, rice and gluten and is also GM free. We asked him if this was typical of cold pressed dog food.
“Not all cold-pressed food is grain-free, however Pure Dog believes there are positive health benefits to being so. Grains are generally used as inexpensive fillers to create bulk and keep down costs.
“Dogs have little natural digestive support for breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates and cereal grains, which remain undigested, relying on fermentation to break them down. Over a long period of time, this can damage the lining of the digestive system, resulting in bowel inflammation disorders, food sensitivities, food allergies, leaky gut and obesity."
He continued, “Some benefits include, more energy, healthier skin, shinier coat, better breath, reduced flatulence, less shedding.
“Cold pressed dog food is a very useful alternative for those who want to feed a raw complete natural diet but prefer the convenience of a dry food. Or, you can feed it as part of a raw diet as it breaks down easily in the same area of the digestive system as raw food and therefore doesn’t expand in your dog’s stomach.”
Read this before you switch any dog’s diet
On the subject of grain free dog food, one of the biggest growth areas in the dog food market, Chris advises dog owners not to go ‘cold turkey’ when switching from a grain based to a grain free diet.
He says, “Slowly introduce grain-free and higher protein dog food by mixing it in a little at a time. Gradually increase the amounts over a period of weeks to allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust.”
This is really helpful, thanks! To learn a bit more about what you do and life at the Pure Pet Group, we'd love to ask you some quick fire questions, are you ready?
Q. What three words sum up the ethos of your company?
Q. Describe a typical working day for you, how does it begin?
A quick catch up vis-à-vis sales, check emails, keep contact with customers, and knowing that one phone call/email can completely change my day.
Q. Is your office dog friendly?
Q. What three items do you never leave home without?
Phone, wallet and sense of humour.
Q. Please finish the following sentence:
My job is sometimes frustrating, sometimes surprising, but seldom dull.
Q. Finally, what's next for the Pure Pet Group?
We will continue to promote the importance of supplying healthy dog food products and look to grow our business both in our existing markets, UK, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Malta, Cyprus, and also new markets.
As it is now becoming more apparent to pet owners that huge health benefits can be derived by switching to more natural foodstuffs, then the owners are seeking out these alternative healthier products, of which cold-pressed is but one.
Many thanks, Chris.