SEOUL, July 14 (Korea Bizwire) – The Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea announced on July 14 that it has developed DIY homemade dog food, following a recent trend that already has been widely embraced in Japan and the U.S.
The DIY dog food developed by the RDA comes in powder form similar to a homemade baking mix, and is composed of 12 different ingredients including chicken breast, egg yolk, anchovies, broccoli, and cabbage, all of which are known to be healthy for dogs.
A simple meal can be prepared in just two or three minutes by mixing rice and water with the powder mixture. The texture is much softer than regular dry dog food.
With no preservatives added and half the calories of conventional dry dog food, the new product has proven to have health benefits as well. The RDA fed the new dog food to senior dogs with abnormal AST and ALT levels – which indicate liver problems – for 12 weeks, and saw a decline in the levels of elevated liver enzymes.
The RDA plans to file a patent for the new dog food, and will create a commercial product to be sold at pet food stores. The products may come with special dietary values such as recovery food or supplement treats.
“Once DIY homemade dog food becomes commercialized, it may extend the life expectancy of pet dogs. We hope it will boost the overall health of dogs in general,” said Oh Yeong-gyun, director of the nutrition physiology team at the RDA.
By Nonnie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)