Kibble Updated on: March 27th, 2019

Kibble was invented in the late 1940's, early 50's and is made of ground up ingredients such as meat, grains, vegetables and other materials and then shaped into pellets. Before kibble was invented, dogs were eating raw meat, edible bone and organ.

why we feed

Kibble was invented for convenience and for money and was derived from a crumbled biscuit. James Spratt, an electrician and salesman from Cincinnati, invented this crumbled biscuit that was baked and transformed into a treat for dogs. After this, in 1950 the Ralston Purina Company started using a cooking extruder to make their Chex cereal - Ingredients were pushed through a tube, cooked under high pressure, and puffed up with air. This allowed Chex to stay crisp when milk was added. From there, the extrusion process was how they would make kibble.

how to feed

Through the process called “extrusion,” ingredients were cooked together in liquid form and then mechanically pushed through an extruder, forming dry pellets. Meats, vegetables, carbs, and fillers, are mixed together to make a ‘dough’, which is then placed into a machine. Hot water or steam is applied at extremely high temperatures and pressure, which ‘cooks’ the dough.

Additional info

Kibble is not biologically appropriate and very hard for dogs to digest, therefore this can lead to all kinds of issues such as: dull skin and coat, itchy skin, allergies, GI upset, build up of plaque and tartar.

Also, it is a MYTH that kibble cleans teeth. That is like saying crunchy potato chips clean teeth.. they do NOT!