Cold pressed dry food as the optimal solution

NOVEMBER 10TH / 2021
If there are alternatives, there is always opposition…

In pet nutrition the passionate discussion and intense disputes are between advocates of dry food feeding and advocates of raw food. Each side maintain their own beliefs, giving different reasons and explanations. The supporters of raw feeding insist that dogs are predators and should eat raw meat like their wild brothers the wolves. They say that dry food is overheated and the goodness e.g. vitamins from the raw ingredients, is lost. Supporters of dry food say that raw feeding requires a lot of specific knowledge of nutritional science to be done properly and requires a lot of investment of time and money. When dry food is made from quality ingredients, it fully satisfies all the pets' nutritional needs. It is safe, highly digestible and provides proven health benefits. It is also more convenient and significantly more cost effective than raw.

These debates could be endless. Pet food manufacturers were looking for a compromise and the result for pet owners is the cold press product.

What is Cold Pressed Food?

Cold pressing is a method of producing complete pet food at lower temperatures (less than 80˚C). By using the Cold Pressed method, the natural ingredients retain all their flavour, aroma, vitamins and nutritional value which are essential to growth, digestion and good health. All the goodness is retained in bite-sized pieces.

Cold pressing involves gently mixing the ingredients then pressing them for a few seconds. Meats such as beef, chicken along with sea fish are precooked to ensure there is no bacteria in the food. The dried meat is then blended with the other fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables and herbs and mixed together with essential cold pressed oils. This method takes longer to produce as it's more involved than the extrusion process.

The most popular questions about this method of pet food preparation.
How does this method differ from dry dog food/kibble?
Most dry dog food is made using a process called extrusion. The ingredients are dried and ground, then the dry matter is extruded through nozzles. The extrusion method uses steam and heats the mixture to high temperatures of over 100C. After the food has been extruded and formed into kibble, the fats, oils, and vitamins are added.

Extrusion is an efficient and cost-effective method; however, the high temperatures can reduce the raw ingredients' nutritional value, which is why fats and oils are added onto the kibble after it is cooked. Vitamins are especially sensitive to being cooked, so the less heat they encounter, the better.
How does Cold Pressed compare with a raw food diet?
A raw diet for dogs is often seen as a natural way to feed your pet. However, you need plenty of time, some serious freezer space, a healthy bank balance and a fastidious cleaning regime if this is to be your dog's daily diet.

Cold pressed dog food is a great alternative to raw. The lower temperatures used in the cold pressing method retains those essential nutrients; but because it comes as a complete food, it's far easier and convenient to feed.
What are the health benefits of Cold Pressed dog food?
Dogs fed on a Cold Pressed diet will have a healthy digestive system, lots of energy and a gorgeous glossy coat to name a few benefits.

The combination of a hearty meal mixed with fresh vegetables and cold pressed oils are a perfectly balanced recipe for pets. Additional benefits for dogs can include better breath and reduced stool odour because the recipes contain herbs and yucca extract.
What are the main ingredients in Cold Pressed pet food?
The main ingredient is still protein. The first ingredient when it comes to dog nutrition, should always be meat such as chicken, beef, lamb or fish.

Other vitamins, minerals and oils come from veggies such as sweet potato, carrots and broccoli. Added natural cold pressed oils such as rapeseed, linseed and fish oil help to keep coats shiny and skin healthy. The high-quality maize is a tasty carb and is a great digestible source of fibre for your pet.
Can a Cold Pressed diet help dogs with sensitive digestive systems?
Cold pressed can be really helpful for dogs with sensitive tums. Dogs prone to tummy upsets need a simple, gentle diet, free from artificial preservatives (Any Husse food does not contain any preservatives or chemical additives) and full of essential nutrients. Gluten free foods prevent uncomfortable bloating, high-quality maize is great for digestibility.

One of the most important benefits of cold-pressed over extrusion is that it's far more digestible for dogs. Some breeds genetically have a disposition to bloat, volvulus, and gastric dilation as they age, and the problem is only exacerbated with a poor diet.

Cold-pressed pellets break down from the outside in, gently and without expanding. This is quite similar to how dogs process raw foods, so it's natural and a lot gentler on their digestive system.

Cold pressed food is tastier than other dry dog foods, so it's more tempting for dogs with poor appetites, including elderly pets.
Is Cold Pressed dog food more expensive than standard dry dog food?
The cost depends on the quality and price of the ingredients used and storage costs, not on the method of preparation. Therefore, the cost of cold pressed products and other dry food is comparable.
What is the shelf life of Cold Pressed pet food?
The shelf life of cold-pressed products is quite less than dry food. For example, Husse Mild product has a shelf life of 8 months, which we think is a good thing because there are no preservatives in the food.
Will fussy eaters eat this cold-pressed food?
Most dogs love our cold pressed dog food. It's naturally highly palatable due to the preservation of the natural aromas and flavours of the ingredients. If you're unsure why not treat your dogs to a sample.
Can cold pressed food be combined with raw diets?
It would be ideal for every dog owner to provide their canines with a raw food diet, but it simply isn't practical for most of us. Moreover, the handling of raw foods can be dangerous for the elderly, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems.

The closest, safer alternative to a raw food diet is cold-pressed manufacturing methods, which preserves all of the goodness of a raw diet yet remains processed and as such is safe to handle.

Since cold-pressed dog food resembles raw dog food, it's fairly easy to combine both for your dog. If you spend plenty of quality outdoors time with your pup (and you should), such as camping, you may not have the full availability of freezer storage and may want to provide your dog with a full and complete meal. Mixing cold-pressed and raw foods in these circumstances gives them all of the nutrition they need even if you're miles away from the fridge.
But don't forget that it depends on content, not just preparation method!

Your chosen food must first and foremost meet your dog's nutritional requirements and provide everything your pet needs for healthy development. Whether this is the case or not depends on the constituents of the food rather than the way it is prepared. If you take a close look at the individual ingredients and their quality, your dog can be fed nutritionally balanced and healthy food with both the traditional extrusion and the cold-pressed method of preparation.
Written by Maria Potekha, Husse Pet Food Portsmouth

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