Intro to Diet Series #1: Kibble

What kind of Kibble should I feed my dog? 

Kibble comes in multiple varieties and deciding what kibble to feed your dog will vary based on a few things such as the cost, nutritional value, and the type of kibble. With a variety of kibbles on the market including grocery store brands, pet speciality brands and feed stores. 

Grocery Store

  • Cheapest
  • Bulk ingredients
  • Limited Selection
  • No Product Knowledge
  • More Processed

Feed Store

  • Mid Price
  • Bulk Ingredients
  • Mid-High range ingredients
  • Limited Hours
  • Limited Selection

Pet Store

  • Varying prices
  • Diet Specific
  • Exceptional ingredients
  • Breed Specific
  • Online Shopping

The three main types of kibble are:


  • Made in an extruder (processed and sprayed)
  • Ingredient quality varies
  • May have preservatives

Oven Baked

  • Made at a lower temperature
  • Made in smaller batches
  • Less processed

Freeze Dried Raw Infused

  • More nutrient dense
  • Smaller feed portions
  • High ingredient standards

What if my pet has a specific health condition?

If your pet has a specific health issue a certain type of food may benefit them the most. Your vet can help recommend a specific formula that can only be purchased at a veterinarian’s office. Some specific health conditions that need a unique kind of kibble include bladder or kidney issues, diabetes, or any food sensitivities including grain or gluten, and pancreatitis. 

What is a brand you personally recommend? 

Stella & Chewy’s is a brand built on the philosophy of feeding your pet a similar diet to what their ancestors ate in the wild. Their food is minimally processed, easily digested and nutrient dense. In addition Stella & Chewy’s food includes many other benefits:

  • Free of any artificial preservatives, colours of flavours
  • Responsibly sourced proteins 
  • Made using 100% organic fruits and vegetables
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals

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