Best Food For My Dog? (Part 1)

We fed Latte kibble (dry food) until Oct 07. That was the last he tasted those yucky kibble (i think it stinks, don't you?) We've been feeding our dog natural food, always a mix of carbohydrates, protein and some vegetables.
Initially, we kept him on a 1 kibble meal, 1 home cooked meal, but soon he rejected his kibbles. (See! They won't eat it if your dogs have a choice.)
Anyway, preparing food for your dog everyday is very much like a daily ritual - it can be too much of a hassle if you're really busy.
When we first got our Sheltie Latte, it took us awhile to decide between kibble, semi-moist of canned food. Most people we talked to believe that kibble seems to be the better choice, because they feel semi-moist and canned food has way too much additives. Here's a quick summary:
Kibble (Dry Food)
Kibble is often produced through the extrusion method where the dough is molded or shaped as it goes through a rotary machine before being baked. Often, the basic ingredients are first prepared in a special pressure cooker where it’s also mixed before being extruded through a die and expanded with steam and air into porous nuggets. The nuggets of kibble are usually coated with liquid fat, carbohydrate or milk product to improve its taste and increase its calories.
Semi-Moist Food
The thing we hear about this food is that it's not too good for dog's teeth, because it sticks and doesn't give much for your dog to chew on. Semi-moist food usually contains 'humectants' that allows the food to stay moist but not go bad. After seeing what we read on wiki, it sounds like a full load of chemicals. These food often contain relative larger amounts of sugar and salt, so do avoid if possible.
Canned Food
Canned food, while appearing tasty to dog owners (because their dogs love gobbling it up), may not hold as much benefits compared to kibble. It may stick to canine teeth like semi-moist and require a lot more dental care than if you fed kibble. There are premium-canned food manufactured with high quality ingredients, and there are also budget-canned food that often use various types of starch and flour to thicken the copious amounts of water added. You may just be purchasing canned starch for your dog.
Lisa Fortunato (2007) The Everything Cooking For Dogs Book.
Richard H. Pitcairn (2005) Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

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