Cold pressed dog food uses a unique process that harnesses low temperatures to create a complete, balanced dog food that’s as close to natural, raw feeding as possible.
Cold pressing itself is not a new development. It’s an ancient process that enables us to extract the goodness of ingredients without degrading them. Over the last 50 or so years it’s been used more and more in the production of animal feeds such as those for cattle, horses and pigs and more recently our pets.
For our canine friends the best cold pressed dog food manufacturer is a small traditional family business based in Europe with over 40 years’ experience of cold pressing. This company pioneered the cold pressing process for dog foods and the UK brand Gentle Dog Food is the culmination of nearly 50 years of research.
The high temperatures used in the production of regular dog kibble destroy much of the goodness in the pet food. The adverse effects of this are so marked that these brands need to be sprayed with artificial flavourings and nutrients to make them palatable for our dogs.
Cold pressing dog food, on the other hand, is a fantastic way of preserving the nutritional integrity of all the ingredients in your dog’s food. This unique and gentle process creates a dog food which can have a high meat content, where natural enzymes and vitamins – as well as fibre and molecular structures – are retained, keeping all their healthy goodness. The lower the temperature of the process the better the integrity of the nutrition. Once the ingredients are ready they are pressed together for a very short time at a very low temperature.The result is a nugget full of goodness that’s ready to eat.
Cold pressed dog food is a very useful alternative for those who want to feed a raw complete natural diet but prefer the convenience of a dry food. Or, you can feed it as part of a raw diet as it breaks down easily in the same area of the digestive system as raw food and therefore doesn’t expand in your dog’s stomach. The way that cold pressed dog foods break down in your dog’s system without swelling can help massively with avoiding bloat or gastric torsion. As you can see in the photograph kibble floats and expands in water whereas Gentle breaks down very quickly and does not expand.
No. Like any other pet food it all depends on the meat content and its provenance. Good ingredients are vital. Gentle, for example, uses free range chicken from the alpine region that is guaranteed free of hormones and antibiotics. It uses a recipe that would satisfy a wolf in the wild - some recipes are just not as good.
Yes, they are as natural as possible. The raw meat ingredients have to be treated under European Law to make sure they are free of any harmful contaminants. And, there is complete control over the ingredients and where they come from. In fact in Gentle dog food the ingredients are all suitable for human consumption. The company that makes Gentle is extremely clean and environmentally friendly and implements pet food standards rigorously.
Gentle is the top cold pressed dog food in the UK with a high meat content that’s essential for your dog’s good health. It’s honest in its ingredients, is low processed, environmentally sound, incredibly nutritious and suitable for all ages and activities.
Cold pressed dog food is only available from a number of handpicked natural pet food retailers. You can find a list of stockists here.