As the pet parent, you make the choice of whether to feed your dog dry dog food or canned dog food. How do you make this decision? How do you know what type of food is best for your dog? Find out more about choosing between wet or dry dog food here!
Dry Dog Food
Dry dog food does have several advantages when compared to canned dog food. Oral health is the main pro associated with dry dog food. Chewing the dry kibble helps keep your dog’s teeth healthy by removing plaque and tartar. Chew and crunch is also preferred by your dog naturally which helps to relieve anxiety to some extent.
Dry dog food is also often preferred by the pet parent since it does not require much work in the way of storage and travel. Once the bag is opened, it is not necessary to refrigerate the dry dog food and it can be left out as the dog is consuming it. Cost is another reason it is preferred by pet parents. Dry dog food is relatively inexpensive.
Wet Dog Food
Canned dog food also has its pros. Canned dog food is often favorable for some dogs simply because it is easily consumed. Canned dog food is also very easily digested so there is less waste to be picked up later. Since the canned dog food is easily digested, this makes it a recommended choice by veterinarians and pet nutritionists for dogs who have diseases or are picky eaters. Unfortunately, tooth health does not benefit with wet dog food. There is nothing for the dog to chew; therefore, his oral health could decline significantly if not taken care of. Find here tips on how to brush your dog’s teeth properly.
Canned dog food is sometimes healthier than dry dog food, though. There is a significant amount of water in canned dog food which provides the dog with less of a chance of dehydration. It is important to note; however, canned dog food must be refrigerated once the can is opened and it can only be left in the refrigerator for a limited amount of time.
How do I Decide What is Best?
There is not exactly a “best” for all dogs. Wet and dry dog food both have their pros and cons. As the pet owner, it is your decision to determine what is best for your dog. If your dog is picky and you have a difficult time feeding him, it is likely the wet dog food will be best since most picky dogs eat wet food. It all depends upon your dog’s behavior.
Wet or Dry Dog Food Advice by Nutritionist
If you are still unsure of what to feed your canine companion, wet or dry dog food, you should consult our pet nutrition professional to assist you in determining what is best for your dog in particular. Our pet nutrition specialist will provide you with the guidance necessary to determine how to choose the best food for your pet dog.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.