Many owners are concerned about their dog’s diet. And the choice is so vast that it is difficult to find what best suits the metabolism of our plushie friends. Mixed dog food seems to be a suitable and balanced way that many choose to feed their pet. What is mixed feeding for dogs? What are the benefits of mixed feeding? Find in this article all our advice to start mixed feeding with your dog.
Mixed feeding for dogs: definition
The choice of mixed feeding consists of feeding your dog by combining the croquettes with another feeding method: wet food (can or sachet), household food, or BARF (natural food based on raw meat).
This combination of foods can take two different forms depending on how the animal is fed. Either the mixing is done on the ration, i.e. half a portion in kibbles and the rest in wet food or raw meat. Or, by giving two meals to the animal with one being composed exclusively of croquettes and the other of another feeding method.
What are the advantages of mixed feeding for dogs?
There are several advantages to opt for mixed feeding for your dog. First of all, it will offer the animal a more balanced diet by combining two different foods that will each compensate for each other. Thus, each of the foods given provides its benefits and meets the dog’s nutritional needs. It is not necessary to combine the two foods in the same meal, as previously mentioned it is quite possible to distribute the meal in two rations. This has no effect on the nutrient intake, given together or separately they will be equally well assimilated.
The other advantage of mixed feeding is to avoid tiring the animal of eating the same food every day. This feeding method brings a certain diversity that dogs appreciate. This is especially noticeable in difficult dogs, who will tend to be more playful about the idea of the meal, knowing that it is diversified and does contain monotonous kibbles.
Mixed feeding for dogs: the different food combinations possible
Mix kibble and dog food
What are the benefits of combining mash and dog food, or alternating these two foods at the animal’s meals?
Although the kibbles offer the advantage of a high protein intake, they are nevertheless very dry and quickly dehydrate the animal, which will need to drink more regularly while eating. The wet food mixed with the croquettes will allow a supply of water in addition to being very tasty. Nevertheless, dogs quickly become accustomed to the swill and may even end up rejecting the kibble.
Remember that for the meal to be balanced, the quality of the kibble must be present. Opt instead for cereal-free kibbles that are much richer in quality meat and therefore in protein. The high carbohydrate content of cereals is not suitable for the dog’s metabolism.
Mixing kibbles and household food or BARF (raw meat)
More and more dog owners are questioning the use of raw meat or raw meat-based diets for their dogs (BARF). The main interest is to control the quality of the food and the nutritional intake given to the dog. However, this option can quickly become expensive and restrictive to prepare, yet there is no better way to ensure that your dog has a balanced diet.
Opting for a mix of raw food and kibble is a good compromise for a healthy dog! The meat will provide the dog with an essential supply of protein to complement the croquettes, which have the advantage of being balanced if they are of good quality.
Are there any disadvantages to mixed feeding for dogs?
There are no apparent disadvantages to mixed feeding for dogs. However, digestive disorders may occur in dogs with a fragile stomach due to the combination of different types of food. Simply put, the digestion time of the kibbles is not the same as that of raw meat, so small inconveniences may be caused.
To remedy this, it is advisable not to give both foods at the same time but to divide the daily ration into two or three meals, giving only one type of food at a time. For example, the raw meat portion can be given in the morning and the kibble portion in the evening. This way, the dog will have had time to digest and will be able to eat his meal without any worries.