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Are Kibble and Freeze-Dried Diets The Same?

Some pet food brands are using a marketing gimmick in the dog food world that suggests the combination of freeze-dried raw food nuggets with kibble.

I have been educating for over 40 years that combining a raw diet with kibble is a hard combination for pets to digest. This is because the digestive time of raw and kibble is different. There is a strain on the pancreas when generating the right combination of digestive enzymes to digest 2 different diets. This often results in gastrointestinal upset (mainly diarrhea and vomiting) and in some cases, long-term depression of the digestive and/or immune system.
Freeze-dried treat nuggets on a white surface

What is the real benefit?

It cannot be to offer a better digestive advantage because of the aforementioned variance in the digestion cycle. So, what exactly is the benefit?

Perhaps it offers consumers a product that can be used while traveling. After all, a frozen, raw diet isn’t always as easy to store and manage while traveling long distances without proper refrigeration. Then again, pet owners that are true believers in the amazing benefits of a raw meat diet would prefer to opt for a freeze-dried raw diet product during travel, forsaking kibble entirely.

Is it more cost effective?

Isabelle Manley

Isabelle Manley

Isabelle started with the BARF World® team in the summer of 2020. She is a Junior at GCU in Phoenix, Arizona. She is our newest Raw Pet Food Specialist. Isabelle assists in product research, marketing ads and ongoing marketing projects. She enjoys music and hanging out with her friends. She has 6 siblings, 2 half siblings, a cat named Poppy, and a dog named Jax, who are Brand Ambassadors for BARF® World.

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