Dry or natural dog food-the pros and cons

What to give, dry or natural dog food? This issue should be decided for yourself only by the specific owner of the four-legged. Both methods of feeding have both supporters and opponents.

I propose to analyze all the pros and cons of one and the other way of feeding. If you do not agree with something or would like to supplement this material, please express your opinions in the comments to this article

Dry food


Here are some of them:

  • The great advantage of dry food is that there is no need to cook.
  • It is not necessary to calculate the volume of a single serving, as daily feeding rate calculated and indicated on the package.
  • The food is balanced and there is no need to buy additional vitamins.
  • A huge variety of feeds allows you to choose an individual menu based on the age, lifestyle and health of the animal.
  • If you travel often, it’s easy to take dry food with you on the go.
  • A little cheaper than natural.

If you are interested in the financial side of the issue, then I conducted a detailed analysis of the monetary component of one and the other feeding method. You can read more about this and find out the cheaper it is to feed a dog.


The following can be noted:

  • You do not know for sure what dry food is made of, and whether the natural products indicated on the packaging are actually present there.
  • Improperly selected food can cause allergies.
  • Cheap economy-class food instead of meat contains soy or is made from poor quality offal, which can cause serious illness in animals.
  • Food is produced at high temperatures, which contributes to the destruction of the vitamins of products used for its preparation.
  • Dry feed contains emulsifiers and preservatives that can cause allergies and diseases in the animal, but contribute to the long-term storage of the feed.
  • Violation of storage and transportation conditions before appearing on store shelves may adversely affect the quality of dry food.

And now, in order to make it easier to decide whether to give dry or natural food to your dog, let’s move on to the pros and cons of natural feeding.

Natural nutrition


We see 5 of the following positive points:

  • You know exactly how you feed your pet and choose the quality of the products yourself.
  • Food does not contain preservatives, emulsifiers and artificial colors.
  • If you have an allergy in your pet, you can easily replace one product with another.
  • The presence in the diet of natural protein, fiber, fats and carbohydrates.
  • A happy and contented animal.


There are such difficulties:

  • You will spend time cooking.
  • You yourself need to choose the right balanced diet so that your dog receives all the necessary trace elements.
  • For natural feeding, it is recommended to additionally add vitamin-mineral supplements.
  • When using natural feeding it is more problematic to travel with a dog, since you will need to specifically look for a hotel where you can cook your own food for your pet.
  • Natural food is more expensive than dry food (although this is also a controversial matter, because buying high-quality dry food, you will spend about the same amount of money as you would for natural products). Read my comparative analysis of the cost of feeding dry and natural feed.

Today I tried to tell in detail about all the pros and cons of one and the other way of feeding. Now the choice is yours. The main thing is that your four-legged pet is happy and healthy. Take care of your pets!

Dry food VS natural. findings

This is important: veterinarians recall that using a mixed type of food is strongly discouraged. Disruptions in the digestive system will be only the first “sign” on the path to the development of more serious diseases.

It is difficult to unambiguously evaluate which food will be more beneficial for the dog. If the breeder chooses a high-quality ready-made diet or prefers to create a complete feed, then the benefits of such a decision will be the same.

And the purchase of low-quality products or pellets of economy class is quite capable of causing more harm than good. Only a thoughtful approach to determining the diet of your own pet allows you to choose the best type of food for each dog!

If the owner seeks to maintain the health of the animal and extend the period of his active life, then do not save on feeding. The right diet will be the key to longevity. And it does not matter, natural feed or a ready-made menu was chosen as its basis!

Happy Tails

Share your happy-ending story about your pet here! E-mail photo and information to [email protected]

Carolyn Baca writes: “Callie is a pit/lab mix. She is one of the calmest, most-well mannered dogs I have ever met. She is very comfortable living with Boogie (right) and Noodles (left), and just wishes they would play with her more often. Callie loves sunglasses and thinks that she should have them on instead of her human mommy, Jessica Walsh.
“Noodles is 6 years old. He has a unique personality and prefers to be treated like a human, and of course he is. He likes to run wild from one end of the house to the other and play hide and seek. Boogie is a sweet, lovable 2-year-old stray who decided he needed a home and I took him in. It took a while for my older cat Noodles to accept him and now when Boogie is outside Noodles calls him in. They have become very good friends.”

Thirty-nine golden retrievers, along with their 59 humans, had a blast at the 3rd Annual Rescued Golden Retriever Party held in June 2010 at the home of Pete Van Zandt. Most of the dogs have been rescued from animal shelters or were owner surrenders. 

If you would like information on adopting a rescued golden, contact Golden Retriever Rescue of El Paso by logging onto the web site   www.grrep.org or by calling 915-920-0958.

Pure mischief! The kitty on the left is Snowy, and on the right is Bobby, or “the Bobbacat,” as he was known. Both are shelter rescues. Bobby passed away several years ago, but his wild, wacky memory lives on! He was known to chase dogs. Their humans are Jim & Kathy Lawitz.

This is Jake, Rosalie MacCready’s shelter rescue with his favorite toy. “He carries it around like a kid with a teddy bear,” Rosalie said. “It squeaks. He greets people at the door with it in his mouth…so proud of it!”


We are trying to find homes for several cute and cuddley cats/kittens and many precious dogs/puppies!

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Currently, the Dona Ana County Humane Society is not operating an animal shelter. If you are looking for information regarding a lost or found pet, adoptions, volunteering or any other animal shelter related questions, please call the Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley. Their number is (575) 382-0018.


For information regarding the future of DACHS please stay tuned as we update our web pages.


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Pets for seniors

The Pets for Seniors Program is administered by the Dona Ana County Humane Society.

The most serious disease for older people is not cancer or heart disease – it’s loneliness. Pets offer affection, unconditional love, fight loneliness and can help ease the loss of a loved one. To apply for a voucher, download an application here or pick one up at the Dona Ana County Humane Society at 2405 W. Picacho Ave., Suite 103 in Las Cruces (the same office as the Spay and Neuter Action Program.), 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants who are approved receive a voucher worth $50 off the adoption fee, which is $75 for dogs and $50 for cats at the ASCMV. The adoption fee includes the first set of vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter surgery.

The voucher is also worth $50 off at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, where adoption fees are $50 for cats, $75 for kittens 6 months old or younger, and $85 for dogs. Age-appropriate shots and spay/neuter surgery are included.

Local service dog trainer Judith Tudor is also offering free dog training for anyone who adopts a dog through Pets for Seniors.

Please note that the application asks for details about pets you have owned in the past and what happened to them. We reserve the right to reject applications based on those answers. We want to place shelter pets in forever homes where they will be humanely treated. We do not give vouchers to people who plan to chain their dogs or plan to dock their ears or tails, nor do we give vouchers to people who plan to declaw their adopted cat.

For more information, call DACHS at (575) 647-4808.


Legislators for Dona Ana County are:

Joseph Cervantes, representative (52)
2610 S. Espina, Las Cruces NM 88001
(575) 526-5600, (575) 522-3352
E-mail: [email protected]

William Burt, senator (40)
Box 1848, Alamogordo, NM 88311
(575) 434-1414, (575) 434-6140
E-mail: [email protected]

Joni Marie Gutierrez, representative (33)
P.O. Box 842, Mesilla, NM 88046
Capitol phone: (505) 986-4436
Office phone: (575) 647-5577
Home phone: (575) 526-5079
E-mail:[email protected]

Stephen Fischmann, senator (37)
Box 2580, Mesilla Park, NM 88047
Capitol phone: (505) 986-4377
Home phone: (575) 635-9582
E-mail:[email protected]

Mary Helen Garcia (representative) (34)
5271 State Hwy. 28, Las Cruces NM 88005
(575) 526-2726

Mary Jane Garcia, senator (36)
Box 22, Dona Ana, NM 88032
Capitol phone: (505) 986-4726
Home phone: (575) 526-5048
E-mail:[email protected]

Antonio Lujan (representative) (35)
29 1/2 San Pedro, Las Cruces NM 88001
(575) 524-9519

Rick Little (representative) (53)
305-5 Mesilla View, Chaparral, NM 88081
(575) 824-4063
E-mail: [email protected]

Terry McMillan (37)
2001 E. Lohman Ave. #282, Las Cruces NM 88001
(575) 635-0534
E-mail:[email protected]

Cynthia Nava, senator (31)
3002 Broadmoor, Las Cruces NM 88001
(575) 882-6200, (575) 526-4111
E-mail: [email protected]

Andy Nunez, representative (36)
P.O. Box 746, Hatch, NM 87937
Capitol phone: (505) 986-4436
Office phone: (575) 644-3014
Home phone: (575) 267-3451
E-mail:[email protected]

Mary Kay Papen, senator (38)
904 Conway Ave., Las Cruces NM 88005
Capitol phone: (505) 986-4270
Home phone: (575) 524-4462
E-mail:[email protected]