[First published: 20 Nov 2017, Last updated: 25 Jul 2019]
Freeze Dried Dog Food in Singapore
Freeze-dried dog and cat foods are one of the top selling types of pet food on the Nekojam online pet shop Singapore. It’s no surprise — with more and more pet owners gaining awareness on the harmful effects of a solely dry kibble diet, the demand for high quality, protein rich alternatives has seen massive growth in the past couple years.
Despite their higher price point, many dog and cat owners are choosing to provide variety to their pets’ diets through these delightful nuggets or patties.
In this article, we review 4 flavours by WOOF — duck, lamb, chicken and wild brushtail.
Benefits of Freeze-Dried Dog or Cat Food:
- Light and easy to store
- Convenient to feed
- Can be fed dry, or rehydrated with water
- Can be used as training treats
- Can be used as food toppers for finicky pets
- Often made with quality ingredients
- Often by-product and grain-free
WOOF Freeze Dried Dog Food
To our delight, yet another brand of freeze-dried pet food has hit our shores! WOOF is made in New Zealand, and is touted as a natural, premium pet food. WOOF now offers a wide spectrum of exotic flavours to choose from — out of which is a novel protein: wild brushtail!
What is Brushtail?
The common brushtail possum is a marsupial. Native to Australia, it is commonly considered a pest in some areas as it causes damage to plants, flowers, fruit trees and even native birds. Brushtail meat contains higher levels of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids than other red meat proteins. Because it is considered an agricultural pest, it is hunted in some countries for population control.
Brushtail possums are folivores, and their diet is made up of mostly foliage and occasionally, small mammals. Because they eat a clean diet of such fresh leaves, berries and grasses, brushtail make the perfect protein source for our pets due to its hypoallergenic quality.
All WOOF freeze-dried nuggets come hygienically sealed in a foil bag
We give the packaging for WOOF freeze-dried dog food a huge thumbs up. The mylar bags are thick and sturdy. Foods that come in mylar bags are superior to others, in that they isolate the foods by creating a barrier between them and the outside environment, protecting them against oxygen, moisture, and light. We used a penknife to prick through the packaging, and it took two firm slices to cut through just one side of the packaging.
Storage Tip!: Did you know that your packet of dog food should be consumed within 90 days if possible? Once the bag is open, and oxygen is introduced to the bag, the nuggets begin the oxidation process of turning rancid. We know that it’s cost effective to purchase the largest bag available, but don’t! Our pets can tell when their foods are no longer fresh, and tend to refuse foods that smell “off”. This is also why you should refrain from complimentary repackaging services for your pet’s food. Packing them into smaller, sealed bags, makes little difference, as the plastic bags used are permeable by air.
WOOF freeze-dried raw nuggets come in two sizes — a 320g and 1.2kg size. All the formulas are grain free and feature a mix of fruit and vegetables, as well as supplements. The ingredient lists are also very clean, having no mention of artificial chemicals, preservatives or additives.
WOOF Ingredient List (Wild Brushtail)
Wild Brushtail (bone-in) | Lamb Green Tripe | Lamb Liver | Lamb Heart | Bok Choy | Carrot| Cranberries | Blueberries | New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels | Organic Virgin Coconut Oil | New Zealand Manuka Honey | Chia Seeds | Vitamins & Organic Chelated Minerals | Kelp | New Zealand Hoki Liver Oil | Rosemary
It is worth noting that all WOOF freeze dried formulas for dogs contain lamb as part of the protein component. These are not single-protein diets.
From left to right: Brushtail, chicken, lamb, duck
It was also pretty interesting being able to compare each formula of WOOF freeze-dried food. When compared to a dollar coin, we saw that most of the nuggets varied in size. Each also had different levels of hardness.
Chicken and duck proved to be softer, compared to the brushtail and lamb formula. In a hydration test, the chicken and duck also absorbed water faster than the brushtail and lamb formulas. Pet parents with senior dogs may want to consider crushing the tougher nuggets before adding water to assist in reabsorption, or feed the softer nuggets.
Keen to give WOOF freeze dried a whirl after reading? You can shop our selection of WOOF freeze-dried foods here! And if you’re still unconvinced, check out what our #FriendsofNekojam had to say about WOOF. Each of the packets in this review went to them for a taste test and analysis on the ingredient list. 🙂
Read more: What Makes A Good Dog Food