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Let’s talk about the health benefits of floating your dogs food in water!
❗️Health Benefits Of Soaking Your Dog’s Kibble❗️
⭕️Urinary health. Increased moisture content in your dog’s food can reduce the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections, and helps the kidneys eliminate waste through urine. ❗️THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT TO DO TO PREVENT URATE STONES❗️
⭕️Digestive health. Soaked kibble may be easier for your dog to digest. Have you ever seen “kibble vomit”? It often comes up nearly the same as it went down, just slightly larger as it will have expanded in your dog’s stomach. Some large dog experts believe that soaking your dog’s kibble can prevent bloat, but nobody is really sure why bloat happens. Depending on how long you soak your dog’s food, it may be already broken down by the time it reaches your dog’s stomach in a more digestible form. Also, the added water aids its movement through the digestive system.
⭕️Weight loss. The added water increases the volume of your dog’s food without bumping up the calories, helping her feel more satisfied.
Appetite. Use warm water, and your dog’s kibble will release those irresistible, meaty aromas. It’s also much easier to uniformly add tasty toppers to soaked kibble.
⭕️Prevent gulping. Does your dog eat her kibble too fast, sometimes without even chewing? Digesting those whole pieces can be hard on the digestive system, and she may even vomit afterwards. Adding water to your dog’s food without soaking can slow down mealtimes, while soaking the food kicks off the digestive process.
💛For added nutrition, add bone broth, kefir, or raw goat’s milk to your dog’s kibble instead of water.💛
How To Add Water To Your Dog’s Food
You can adjust the ratios to your liking, but I’d suggest adding no more than a half cup of water to one cup of kibble. The hotter the water, the faster it will soften the kibble. You could use the warmest water from your kitchen tap or heat the water in your microwave or kettle, just make sure the food has cooled to a safe temperature before serving.
Giving your dog a bowl full of water and food without soaking is called “floating” the kibble and is the method often chosen to help prevent urate stones in dalmatians.
🛑 Once soaked, dog food can go bad quickly, so pick up what your dog doesn’t eat after 20 minutes, and store leftovers in the fridge for no more than 48 hours.🛑
Is Soaked Kibble Actually Healthy For Dogs?
When it comes down to it, kibble alone isn’t the best diet for your dog. Even though most kibble is complete and balanced with all of the nutrients your dog needs, it’s processed in a way that’s not easy for dogs to digest, and the high carbohydrate content has been contributing to an epidemic of both obesity and dental disease in dogs. In an ideal world, we could all feed a cooked or raw diet, but if that’s not possible, you can add fresh foods like meat, eggs, and fish to your dog’s kibble.
Freeze dried or dehydrated dog foods are a great alternative to kibble that are just as easy to prepare, yet much closer to fresh foods.
These are suggested foods that are hua dal friendly (LUA Dals can Have any of these). If your dog/puppy has any history of Urate stones, please go to the section on this page that has food listed for stone formers. NOTE: These are my suggestions based off my education & experience In the breed and what i have seen work