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Ask a Vet: Kibble vs. Fresh or Raw Food

Ask a Vet: Kibble vs. Fresh or Raw Food

We asked Dr. Tammie Pearce, Director of Veterinary Science for AskVet, to weigh on the pros and cons of kibble vs raw or fresh diets for dogs.


As a veterinarian, I am often asked to compare raw or frozen diets to kibble diets.  Well, I’ve got great news for busy parents, kibble diets can actually offer several advantages over raw diets. Some dogs do not do well on fresh diets or raw diets because they can be time consuming to prepare and difficult to balance. 


And then there’s the price tag. While all pet parents want the best for their pups, more expensive doesn’t always mean better. Raw and fresh diets can be more costly than kibble diets in both time and the expense of obtaining the ingredients. Raw diets can also spoil quickly if not maintained at the proper temperature when thawing and serving.


Got a finicky bud that doesn’t always eat right away? If your pup doesn’t come running to eat on the regular, a raw diet can be challenging. Food left out should be discarded since leaving it out at room temperatures for prolonged periods can cause the growth of dangerous bacteria like salmonella. 


Kibble diets provide portability and, when stored in the original bag and an airtight container, a more economical healthy diet for your pup. They are also more consistent in their formulations and not as hard to source fresh, uncontaminated raw ingredients. Kibble diets like Jinx have been formulated and tested to be highly-digestible protein sources and provide the nutrients your pet needs to thrive! 


That's another pawsitive tip from AskVet's Dr. Tammie! To learn more about kibble and dog nutrition, you can chat with an AskVet veterinarian 24x7 on the AskVet app any time, day or night. All new Jinx customers receive one free month of access to AskVet with any Jinx purchase. 


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