A balanced diet, freshly made from good quality food sources, free of hormones and artificial flavors/colors, is important to the health and longevity of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Research pet food brands carefully as there are numerous dry kibble and moist canned options available.
- Buy the best quality pet food you can afford. The better nutritional value will pay dividends in a happier pet and fewer trips to the Vet in the long-term.
- In general, dry kibble is typically somewhat less expensive than canned dog food.
- Buying pet food from a local retail store can be very convenient, but studies have shown that these products may have spent up to 18 months in shipment or storage before they reach the shelf of your local pet store.
- Pet food manufacturers, like Life’s Abundance, who sell directly to the market are able to provide pet food within a few short weeks after production, not to mention the added convenience of shipping your pet’s food directly to your door!
Storage & Spoilage
- Dry pet food is quite easy to store. A tightly sealed plastic bin or other container will generally keep insects out of your pet’s kibble, and makes it easy to portion out just the amount you want to give your dog.
- Unopened cans of dog food are easy to store, but saving any unused food is more bothersome and prone to spoiling if not used in short order.
- Canned dog food typically has a stronger smell than dry kibble, though this depends greatly on the particular product and its freshness.
- Canned food may be a good option for older pets who have a diminished sense of smell.
- Canned pet food obviously has a greater water content than dry foods. If you have a pet that is not drinking a sufficient amount of fresh water naturally, canned food may help.
- You generally can, however, add water to your pet’s dry kibble at any time.
Using Food as Treats
- A few small morsels of dry kibble makes a great training treat for your Cavalier, whereas canned dog food doesn’t easily lend itself to other uses.