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Blog Your Pets Health Wet Food vs Dry Food

So many choices when it comes to select the right food for your dog.  Picking your dogs food can be exhausting when it doesn’t have to be.  For all the first time dog owners don’t over think it. It’s not as complicated as you think. You really only need to decide between wet vs. dry. The flavor can be mixed up just as you would put a variety of flavor in your diet. You wouldn’t eat the same exact sandwich day after day.

Here is a list of the differences between wet food and dry food that can help you determine which is best for your pet.

Dry Food

Pros

  • Convenient: Dry Food is very convenient because it’s harder to spoil. Leaving an entire bowl of food out for your dog to eat throughout the day will be of no concern to you. Dry food can be left out for days without spoiling.
  • Easy to Store: Placing dry kibble in a tightly sealed container in the pantry will more than suffice. This will keep the food fresh and safe any outside intruders that may want a few nibbles.
  • The Perfect Training Treat: When teaching your dog to do tricks giving a piece of small dry kibble to tell them good boy will go a long ways.
  • Cost Effective: It’s a much more cost-effective option when it comes to feeding. A bag of dry food can go a long ways compared to several cans of wet food. Dry food comes in bags of an assortment of sizes.

Cons

  • Reduced Fat Content: If your dog is active they may require food with higher fat content.
  • Less Moisture: Dry, hot climates may require more moisture for your pup when feeding. As age progresses moisture can play an important role in a dogs health.

 

Wet Food

Pros

  • Hydration/Water: Some dogs will drink less water than others. For the dogs that do, wet food may be the best option. Wet food has been known to be a good source of hydration at times.
  • Rich in Flavor: Very rich in flavor, wet food can help your dog eat. All dogs love a flavored meal. If your pup is having a hard time eating or is feeling ill then wet food may be the way to go.
  • Easy to Eat: Dogs with dental problems will be able to eat wet food. The older a dog gets the more problems they will have. If your dog can’t chew because of missing teeth or an unaligned jaw dry food will be difficult to chew. Wet Food could be the food that if given to your pup he may just scruff it down in minutes.
  • Higher Protein Content: Known to have more protein content than dry food, this is a great solution for active dogs to help their muscle development.

Cons

  • Messy: Your dog can become a messy eater when eating wet food. The rich chicken flavor may allow your dog to eat faster than normal causing a mess to be made.
  • Short Shelf Life: Wet food doesn’t have the shelf life that dry food does. After opened it’s shelf life is diminished to a day or two at most. When storing the rest of the opened food place a bag over the can and place in the fridge. Don’t forget to serve it to your dog for the next meal or you might as well throw it away.
  • Not as Cost-Effective: Wet food will probably be bought in less amounts than if you were to pick dry food. That same quantity of wet food may be the equivalent cost to dry food which means you would get less for more.

Which is better?

No one knows your dog better than you do. Taking this comparison of wet vs. dry food will help you decide just what food you should feed your dog.

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