To feed wet or dry dog food to my dog? If you’re a first-time dog owner or just concerned about your dog’s dietary health, you may have spent time pondering this question. It’s worth consideration, and as the pros and cons of wet and dry dog food are relatively balanced it can be hard to know which one is best for your pooch. Read on as we lay out the differences between wet and dry dog food to help you decide on your dog’s daily menu.
As you may have guessed, wet dog food is the sloppy stuff...- the chunks of meat often drenched in gravy or jelly. It tends to come in cans or small pouches and smells a lot stronger than dry food. By definition, wet dog food is a lot wetter than dry dog food, too - it contains up to 84% moisture, in fact - and therefore needs to be eaten sooner after opening to stay tasty and fresh.
At the other end of the scale is dry dog food, which, in comparison to wet food only contains 3-12% water. Dry dog food is often called ‘dog biscuits’ in the UK, or ‘kibble’ in the USA - and comes in the form of small, brown pellets usually sold in larger sacks or containers than wet food. Generally it lasts a lot longer, too - and isn’t as messy (more on that below).
The thing is, there doesn’t have to be much of a difference between wet and dry food in terms of nutritional content - if you are choosing high-quality food, that is - so the answer over which is the best option for dogs isn’t a straightforward one. There are variations between the two, so it all comes down to which would work best for your particular pooch and you.
First, let’s unload the benefits of wet dog food…
Now onto the downers of wet dog food…
So what about the perks of dry dog food? Here are some of the reasons to choose dry food for your dog…
Now onto the reasons why dry dog food might not be for you…
As you can likely gather, whether to choose wet or dry dog food for your dog is largely a personal choice based on convenience and lifestyle, but it also depends on your dog’s feeding habits or health conditions.
If your dog is a fussy eater, who often turns their nose up at a meal lacking in taste, you may be more successful getting them to eat a flavour-intensive, natural wet dog food. Should your pooch have sensitive teeth, or if they’re an older dog who could benefit from the moisture content, they may also get more from a hydrating diet of wet food.
If your dog is a grazer, however, who likes to return to their bowl frequently throughout the day, dry dog food could be more their cup of tea.
“Do I have to choose between wet and dry dog food?” we hear you cry - and we get it - we like to have the best of both worlds, too.
Of course, there are times when you can feed a dog dry dog food when they usually eat wet, or wet dog food when they usually eat dry. It’s advisable not to change frequently between wet and dry foods, as this can be too much for a dog’s easily upset stomach to handle. Many pet parents do end up feeding both wet and dry dog food though. This may mean some kibble left down throughout the day and a wet meal in the evening, or perhaps offering a bowl that contains both. Many appreciate this compromise (owner and dog alike), and most pooches do well on mixed diets.
Remember that we don’t have to choose either wet or dry and stick to it. Your dog’s preference may change as they mature, so keep an open mind. When transitioning diets, ensure to do so slowly over 5-10 days to ensure the change is well tolerated.
In conclusion, don’t fret about one type of dog food being healthier or better for your dog than the other - if you choose the right food, they will be getting all the nutrition they need! But by considering the points above, you can ensure your dog has a solid mealtime routine and digests their food comfortably and easily.
Pooch & Mutt’s wet dog food and dry dog food are both great options for dogs. They contain nutrients, vitamins and minerals and tasty, all-natural ingredients for daily nutrition that will benefit your dog inside and out. Check out our range of nutritious wet dog foods and dry dog foods, or get in touch for more information.
‘Age-related digestibility of nutrients depending on the moisture content in aged dogs’, 2021 - National Library of Medicine
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