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What is KIBBLE? Wait... are you feeding your dog THIS?

Posted on July 20, 2016

Are you feeding your dog kibble? Blog - dog halting a bowl of kibble

Kibble: You can buy it in giant bulk proportions, store opened bags in your pantry for years and leave it in your dog’s dish all day and night.

There is no doubt kibble is convenient. Open, pour and eat.

But what exactly is kibble?

Often, the ingredient list looks healthy and nutritional.  Plus, there are many varieties; you can get grain free, specially formulated scientific diets, allergy combinations, dietetic formulas and vitamin fortified kibble.

How is it, then, that all these healthy ingredients turn into kibble that can be stored in open bags for months?

Here are the scientific facts about all Kibble.

ALL Kibble is produced by a process called “extrusion” which involves dry ingredients pulverized to the size of course flour, high heat and high pressure to form the ingredients into shapesThis is where fine intentioned ingredients turn into little or no nutritional value and known carcinogens are formed. For instance – if you put a head of broccoli in an oven at 600 degrees for an hour; when you remove it, you can still call it a head of broccoli, but you’ve lost of the vitamins, minerals & nutritional value.  So although the ingredients list of your average kibble reads well, extrusion destroys most of the nutrients, including some of the chemical vitamins that are added to “fortify”. 

Extrusion especially ravages amino acids leaving them highly toxic and carcinogenic.  Protein structures are greatly altered, and as a result, new compounds form which are completely foreign, potentially harmful, and definitely should not be considered healthy.  So if your dog is not eating fresh, flash frozen, freeze dried or dehydrated – your dog is eating empty bulk void of important nutrients and full of potentially harmful carcinogenic compounds.

80% of a dog's immune system is in their gut.
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Kibble was created during the age of convenience.  Convenience is Kibble's primary goal and it succeeds with flying colors. 

But if you are concerned about your dog’s nutritional intake, your dog’s immune system and overall health: Kibble should not be your choice.

This is where we can use our common sense about healthy diets in general.  Although specific nutritional needs for dogs are naturally different than  for humans: the science of nutrition remains constant. 

Dogs For The Earth, Fresh or Kibble?


When considering nutritious food for your dog, remember general food rules:

Processing reduces nutritional value and creates carcinogens. Additives, if not natural or organic may be potentially harmful to your dog.

Fresh is best.

Frozen is nature’s pause button – and naturally preserves nutritional value.

Dehydration removes moisture for added longevity and storage but preserves nutritional value.

We know your dog is a valued family member and your ambition is to provide the best you can.  Choosing the right foods will safeguard their health and ensure their daily feeding comprises nutritional options that will guarantee good health and avoid modern ailments associated with processed foods. 

We believe an informed consumer is our best customer.

Here are links to more scientific data and interesting readings on what is kibble & how extrusion works? A couple short videos:

Visit the Pet Food Institute for more helpful information.

An Essay by Dr. Karen Becker, a well known proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian and an animal advocate, is an interesting article to read about Why Dry Pet Food is Poor in Nutrition.

Learn more about the fresh ingredients in Dogs For The Earth 100% Organic Dog Food by reading our The Best Dog Food page. 

Have you had to resort to buying your dog "Limited Ingredients Dog Food" or "Grain Free"? Well let me tell ya', THIS IS IT! You have found it, and it happens to be organic from sustainable farms, what can be better than this? Organic dog food is natural dog food. Organic food is healthy food.

Dogs For The Earth Organic Dehydrated Dog Food is:

Organic Dog Food
Dehydrated Dog Food 
Natural Dog Food
Wellness Dog Food
Grain Free Dog Food

Please read our 
Dogs For The Earth Dog Food Testimonials, our specific product reviews at the bottom of each product page, study dog food labels, understand how ingredients in your dog's food affects your dog's health. Read as much as you can about dog food. Understand how each ingredient makes a difference to your dog's health. Organic dog food, Organic Dehydrated Dog Food, Natural Dog Food, Wellness Dog food - all important when it comes to your dog's health.

An informed consumer is our best customer!

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