\nAs a dog owner, you only want the best for your pet. At the same time, there is often not much time left to prepare your little friend’s food. What can a healthy diet look like that is both uncomplicated and fast? Here are tips on what to look out for when buying dog food, so you can keep your furry friend fit and vital.\nFeed them quickly and easily, and still make it tasty for the dog\nThe demands of pet owners are high: the dog’s diet should be healthy and wholesome, so that the dog is supplied with all the essential nutrients. At the same time, the preparation should be quick and uncomplicated, because our schedule is often packed and we have little time to spare. Your furry friend is also happy about a varied diet - because who likes to eat the same thing every day?\nSo how do you combine all of these needs? Let’s take a quick look at the different types of food and highlight their advantages and disadvantages, so you can decide what is the right choice for you and your furry friend.\nSurely you like to watch your dog’s anticipation to the meal and his enthusiasm when his expectations are met. There are various methods of keeping your furry friend's diet simple for you while at the same time taking care of their well-being. The most important thing is that you get informed about with the different types of feeding and not hand over responsibility to the - often high-additive - products of the feed manufacturers.\nDry Food\nDry food is still the most popular form of feeding. In part because dog owners are unsure how to properly care for their furry friend according to their needs. On the other hand, the advantages of this feeding are obvious:\nAdvantages:\n\nVery practical in handling\nEasy storage, long shelf life\nEasy to transport, e.g. when traveling\nPrepare without spending time\nInexpensive\nLess odorous (a plus for humans)\nDifferent flavours are available\n\nA myth circulated by feed manufacturers is that dry feed prevents or reduces tartar, buildup or plaque on the dog’s teeth, but so far this has not been proven by any study. Instead, there are some problems that are discussed by experts you should consider.\nDisadvantages:\n\nLow moisture content, i.e. your dog needs additional liquid: If your furry friend does not drink enough, it can lead to kidney problems, bladder stones and digestive disorders in the long term.\nNot popular with every dog\nDanger of obesity: If your dog eats larger portions than is necessary for their energy needs, weight gain is not uncommon with dry food\nOften not available in small portions\nIncreased potential to trigger allergies or intolerances\n\nStorage:\nIt is advisable to store opened dry food in a lockable food bin to protect it from humidity as well as from hungry dogs or possible pests.\nWet food\nWet food corresponds more to the dog's natural eating habits than the dry variant and is therefore preferred by many canines. There are also other advantages.\nAdvantages:\n\nHigh moisture content - e.g. also satisfies the fluid needs of your dogs when he or she drinks little\nDifferent varieties available for all phases of the dog's life\nSmall portions are available\nCan be handled more individually\nIncreased scent - a plus for dogs\nMore variety than with dry food\nDisadvantages:\nShorter shelf life after opening\nMore expensive\nOften unpleasant smell (for people)\nMore rubbish due to the packaging - here you can switch to wet food in sausage form in order to do support the environment\n\nStorage:\nYou should store already opened wet food cans in the refrigerator and consume them relatively quickly. This is particularly important in hot summer temperatures so that the leftover food does not spoil and your dog does not get sick as a result.\n\nCan I mix dry and wet food?\nMixing dry and wet food is a common practice, but it is better to avoid it. Many dog owners put dry food in the bowl and then top it with wet food. This is well-intentioned, but unsuitable for dogs. The problem is that both types of food are digested at different times. This can initiate a fermentation process in the stomach and intestines of your furry friend, which can lead to stomach problems, sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea. The stomach and intestines are also gettimg stressed. A nice alternative that still creates variety is to feed your dog one food first and then the other after a while.\nWhat to look out for when buying ready-made food\nReady-made food - regardless of whether it is dry or wet food - is not always healthy for your furry friend, even if it may not contradict UK food regulations. Here are some questions to ask yourself before your purchase:\n\nDo the ingredients really come from organic production? Organic means: 95% of all ingredients come from organic farming and were produced without pesticides and factory farming.\n\nCan you tell from the composition which proteins, grains and nutrients the product really contains? It's worth comparing labels. High quality pet food lists all the ingredients: Which meat? How much? Which oils? Which fats? What other herbal parts? Grain and gluten free?\n\nIs the composition divided into relative weight or into feed groups? It is best to take a close look here so that you can recognize unnecessary additives.\n\nDoes the product contain sugar or grain? No dog food needs sugar or grain. Try to avoid such products as a matter of principle.\n\nWhich additives are included? Formed meat, attractants and artificial colours as well as artificial flavours, EC additives or preservatives do not belong in dog food.\n\nTake some time to deal with these points, because high-quality food is essential for the well-being of your furry friend.\nB.A.R.F. - an alternative not only for allergy sufferers and puppies\nIf your furry friend suffers from food intolerances or allergies, ready-made feeds are often out of the question. A special diet may be required due to digestive problems or chronic illnesses. The same applies to feeding puppies who have special needs.\nFor both groups, B.A.R.F. (biologically appropriate raw feed) is a good alternative. But this feeding of raw meat, vegetables, bones, fish, fruit and various additives is not only suitable for demanding dogs. The extra time invested is worth it, because this form of dog food contains many vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, minerals and probiotics that keep your dog fit and healthy. In addition, with this method you have the greatest possible control over his feed. BARFing is considered to be the most natural way of feeding animals.\nA myth that persists in this context is that BARFing involves a lot of effort and is complicated. Getting fresh meat, vegetables and fruit every day, thinking about what to feed our furry friend each day. However, this way of feeding is very easy to integrate into everyday life. The key is preparation.\nYou buy large quantities of vegetables and fruit, prepare the mixes, portion them accordingly and freeze them, so you have a supply to fall back on. Every day, you thaw a portion and mix in fresh meat. Fresh meat can be kept in the refrigerator for two days without any problems, provided that it is removed from the plastic film to avoid the development of harmful bacteria.\nAlternatively, you can also freeze vegetables, fruit and meat portions. After defrosting, add a little oil and herbs - and the healthy meal is ready. Nowadays, meat can be ordered and delivered quickly and easily via the Internet. There you can also find dealers who offer ready-made BARF meals. The servings already contain oil and herbs.\nThe responsibility for the nutrition of your furry friend lies in your hands. Even if you have little time in your busy life, you should take a little time, inform yourself about the different approaches and decide for yourself which is the right one. Home cooked meals, BARFing, wet or dry food - sometimes variety is also the most fun.