Wet or Dry Dog Food for Your Dog?
Have you ever wondered the difference between dry dog food and wet dog food? Find out the benefits and drawbacks of each type of food so you can make an informed decision next time you are food shopping for your beloved friend.
As a pet owner, your dog’s nutrition is entirely your own responsibility. Making the choice about the best brand of food to feed your dog is hard enough, but another choice you will have to make is if you want to feed canned or dry food to your dog. There are certain advantages and disadvantages associated with both of these food formulas, which may affect the decision you make about which one is best for your dog. Choosing a food formula is a very important part of pet care, since it will allow you to have direct control over the quality of food that your dog consumes. Here is some general information about wet and dry dog food formulas, which will help you to have a much easier time making a decision.
WET DOG FOOD
Wet dog food is usually marketed as a canned formula, though is sometimes available in single-serving plastic pouches. Wet dog food is usually highly concentrated, designed to give your dog a full meal with less of the ‘bulk’ that is commonly contained in dry dog food. Since wet dog food does not require some of the filler ingredients that are added to some low-quality dry dog food kibble, it is said by some people to provide a better source of nutrition to your dog.
However, wet dog food is not without its setbacks. Because of the additional packaging and production process of wet dog food, it tends to be much more expensive for the same amount of nutrition as some high-quality dry dog food formulas. In addition to this, wet dog food does not promote healthy teeth in dogs, since it does not remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Wet dog food can also become caught between a dog’s teeth, which can result in cavities.
DRY DOG FOOD
Dry dog food is said to be the most nutritious and cost-effective method to feed a dog. If you purchase a high-quality dry dog food formula, you are often able to give your dog the same quality of nutrients provided in canned dog food formulas for much less money. In addition to this, dry dog food formulas promote healthy growth and development of jaw muscles in puppies, as well as adult dogs. Dry dog food formulas do not spoil if left out, which leads to a slightly longer shelf life. Dry kibble dog food formulas also have a scraping effect on your dog’s teeth, reducing the buildup of plaque and tartar. This promotes good dental health, and can even aid in banishing bad breath in dogs.
SWITCHING DOG FOODS
If your dog is currently consuming a wet dog food formula, and you wish to switch them to a dry dog food formula (or vice versa), you need to use caution. Most dogs do not respond well to rapid changes in diet, often having gastrointestinal problems as a result. Make the transition slowly, mixing some of the new formula in with your dog’s old food formula. If you wish, you can even compromise, and feed your dog a permanent mixture of both canned and dry dog food as their staple diet.
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