What is cold-pressed dog food?
Cold-pressed essentially is food cooked very quickly at low temperature, avoiding extreme heat or steam. The lower temperatures mean more natural nutrients remain, for a healthy end product.
The ingredients are first mixed together with cold water and then pressed under low heat for a short time. It keeps the nutrients there which are often lost under heat, particularly the ones within the natural oils.
This method also means that free radicals are not produced. These can often put a strain on a dog’s digestive system and metabolism, so cold-pressed food is ideal for dogs who struggle with issues like digestion, bloat or weight.
Cooler temperatures also preserve the natural flavours of the food, so while we can’t confirm that they taste like the real deal ourselves, users have commented that their dogs certainly seem to enjoy eating it!
What are the benefits of cold-pressed dog food?
Many professionals who support cold pressing believe that because the food is naturally dense due to the manufacturing method, you don’t need quite as much which makes it more likely your pup will eat everything, and easier at mealtimes for you.
Cold-pressed food is also seen as a great alternative to raw food, for anyone who doesn’t like that idea but wants something a bit more ‘real’. As it is dried, it is a lot more convenient than freezing and defrosting frozen raw food.
It also dissolves from the outside in, so doesn’t expand once digested and breaks down much quicker. This again makes it better for any dogs with bloating issues, wind or digestion problems.
How much cold-pressed food should I feed my dog?
Cold-pressed has more nutrients than ordinary dried, so you should give them less than usual. This could be up to 30% fewer biscuits. Check the guides on the packaging for how much to give your dog based on their weight.
General guidelines are 1.2% of body weight per day. This could go up to 2.5% for active or younger dogs, however.
Overfeeding can result in loose stool and significant weight gain.
How long does cold-pressed food keep for?
Due to the nature of the manufacturing – lack of preservatives and natural production – it is often limited to around 6-9 months. This is considerably less than other forms of dried food which can last years.
This will be fine in a huge majority of cases, but the quicker you use it the better it will likely be. Plus, it is a great option if you want something dried but the idea of your dog eating something which can indeed last for a few years is worrying you.
Generally, the less the shelf life, the more natural the food is which could make your decision a lot easier.