Dog food in the Maxi Zoo online shop
The right dog food for your own four-legged friend
A balanced diet is the basis for a long and active life for your dog. There are a multitude of different dog food products. In view of the huge selection of wet, dry, mixed or raw food, every owner is able to find the ideal food for their own dog and its individual needs. The dog food you choose is a question of taste, because a healthy and proper diet is possible with all concepts – provided that you consider a few important principles. Whether puppy or senior, pre-existing conditions, a high level of activity or demanding breeds: there is a suitable dog food for every breed at Maxi Zoo.
Dry food for dogs: energy-rich and practical
If you are looking for dog food, you generally decide between two main categories: dry food or wet food. Dry food contains a maximum residual water content of 14 percent and consists of pellets, croquettes or small biscuits. Due to the low moisture content, your dog must always have access to drinking water and should always drink enough. Dry food is popular because it has a long shelf life, it cleans the dog’s teeth through abrasion when chewing and is easy to handle when you’re out and about. The amount of energy in the dry food is higher than in wet food, which is why the same amount cannot be offered. Additional information on the recommended feeding quantity depending on the weight of your dog can be found on each package of dog food.
Wet food for dogs: tasty and with plenty of moisture
Wet food is available in many different versions: as a delicate paté, juicy chunks of meat or rather a soft mousse. Try out the consistency that your dog particularly likes. Although wet food contains significantly more water than dry food, you must always have a well-filled water bowl ready for your dog. A wet food diet can help to maintain a balanced fluid balance, especially for dogs who are lazy about drinking.
Ultimately, the dog’s taste and the owner decides whether dry food or wet food is served. Mixed feeding of both feed types is quite common and usually a good choice.
What does “finished feed for dogs” include?
Generally, finished feed refers to any processed dog food.
Complete feed: complete feed is a compound feed, i.e. a combination of several individual feeds, which is suitable for providing the dog with all the necessary nutrients and covering its energy requirements with exclusive feeding. Most wet and dry food for dogs are complete feed.
Single feed: single feed products include, for example, pure meat tins. These animal foods can supplement the diet of your dog, but alone they are not enough to feed your four-legged friend in a balanced way. In the case of exclusive feeding, there is a risk of deficiencies. A complete feed for dogs can be made with the necessary expertise from several single feeds, supported by supplements as required.
Diet and special feed: Diet feed products are compound feeds that are specially designed for the needs of dogs with digestive, absorption or metabolic disorders. These include, for example, feed for dogs with kidney or liver diseases, stomach & intestine complaints or dog food for overweight animals. However, the composition of special feed takes into account the special requirements of dogs of a certain age, a special breed or even activity.
Dog snacks & treats: these treats can complement the animal’s diet and are perfect for pampering your dog, keeping your dog active or training your dog. For example, dog snacks can be hidden in intelligence toys from which your four-legged friend has to retrieve them. In addition, there are special chewing snacks that clean the dog’s teeth whilst the dog enjoys them due to their consistency and surface. Please note: Some dog treats are very calorific. Especially in overweight dogs, these should be included in the daily dog food ration. In addition, it may also be a good idea to specifically look out for treats which are low in calories as possible. For example, snacks made from pure dried meat, such as bark pipes, are relatively low in calories.
What is meant by raw feeding/BARF for dogs?
BARF, short for “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”, describes the composition of your own rations from components that are as unprocessed as possible. When following a BARF diet, dog food should be as natural as possible. This means: the use of raw meat (sometimes fish), offal, bones, blood, animal fats and, depending on the BARF variant, also plant-based components such as fruit and vegetables, herbs or vegetable oils. As a rule, complete feeds are supplemented by a vitamin and mineral mixture or individual additives to ensure a balanced nutrient supply.
Here, the owner can independently and individually put together the BARF meals for their four-legged friend. Some manufacturers use simple module systems to make it easy to start the BARF feeding process. For example, with Premiere Raw Kitchen you can create a custom meal for your dog hassle-free. In this case, the meat is not raw so that it can be stored better. However, the tins only contain pure meat that has to still be mixed with other feed components. Alternatively, you can also buy frozen raw meat and offal as dog food for your four-legged friend at Maxi Zoo.
The addition of vitamins and minerals, for example in the form of black caraway oil or hemp oil, seaweed flour or bovine fat powder, as well as pre-assembled nutrient mixtures, is important for BARF feeding. The dog food must be enriched in a sensible combination so that no nutrient deficiencies occur in the dog. Therefore, in the case of a BARF feeding, it is necessary that the owner becomes informed about the topic in more detail. A consultation with the veterinarian may also be advisable, especially if the owner decides to use BARF due to an intolerance to feed. You can find further information on the subject of BARF in the Maxi Zoo magazine.
Why are there vegetables in dog food?
Dog food is always a mixture of several components. While there is single feed, for example, made from pure chicken, complete feed generally always contains a portion of vegetables. This is for the simple reason that dogs are omnivores and naturally always eat some plant-based materials. In addition, a dog – just like its wolf ancestors – would also consume the stomach and intestinal contents of its prey in the wild. This typically contains grasses, vegetables, roots or grains. All of these ingredients contain nutrients as well as fibres, which are important for the dog’s digestion.
Huge selection of dog foods in the online shop
In our online shop, you will find the right food for your dog, whether it be a grain-free, organic or dog food for allergy sufferers. Discover our large selection of dry and wet food from well-known manufacturers such as Animonda, Bosch, Eukanuba, Hill’s, proCani, Pedigree, Premiere, Rinti, Royal Canin, Real Nature, Select Gold, Terra Canis and many more. Of course, the selection of different flavours is also huge: you will find classics such as chicken, beef, salmon or rabbit in the online shop as well as more unusual meat varieties. Some manufacturers offer dog food with kangaroo, deer, buffalo or wild boar. These rather atypical meat types in animal feed can be easily digested by four-legged friends with intolerances for example.
Whether dry or wet food, chicken or wild boar meat: discover the large selection of dog food online at Maxi Zoo and order from the comfort of your own home.