Dry or Wet Food? How to Choose the Best for Your Pet
If you’ve already checked the dog food on the shelves you will see immediately that wet dog food is much more expensive. Is this canned food actually worth it or is it just false marketing? Unfortunately, many dog owners actually believe that just because canned is more expensive it has to be a better quality food for your dog. Let’s look out the advantages of both.
Dry Pet Foods: Pros and Cons
1. Convenience: If you’re one of those dog owners that likes to pour the dog food in your dogs dish and then just leave it for the rest of the day, this would definitely be more convenient for you. There is one disadvantage to that, though. It can cause obesity. Most dogs will eat what’s in front of them whether it’s one cup or three three cups. A measured amount once in the morning and once in the evening is always the best habit to get into.
2. Less Expensive: Dry dog food is less expensive than wet, but always make sure you read labels. You should always have either your protein or carbohydrates listed first followed by a good fat. Here is an example of what the label should look like:
Chicken, chicken meal, potatoes chicken fat
(this includes any protein like beef, chicken, lamb, fish, bison, venison, etc)
Potatoes, chicken, (or chicken meal) chicken fat
(this includes sweet potatoes and BROWN rice … never white rice), any protein and / or protein meal)
Do not buy food that has corn (this is just a filler), soy (causes a lot of allergies) or white rice. There is no nutritional value in this food. NEVER buy anything that has by-products of any kind in it!
3. Caloric Density: There is much more caloric density in dry dog food due to wet having a lot of water in it. Remember, if you are going with dry, “premium” dog foods are better. Please understand that even though it will cost you more at the cash register, you will use less at feeding time due to its nutritional value, therefore, the cost will actually seem the same.
Wet Pet Food: Pros and Cons
1. Digestibility: One advantage of wet is that it is very digestible. If you’re good at reading the labels to make sure there are no by-products, corn, soy or white rice, you will have a nutritional food. You must realize that this food will not do anything for their teeth. Dogs need to chew, so make sure he / she has some chew bones. Make sure they are “raw” and NEVER cooked. Raw beef rib bones are good.
2. Texture: If you have an older dog with teeth problems the wet will obviously be better for them. It’s soft, digestible and will go down easy, not to mention be more comfortable for their teeth. Your vet will need to help you with those teeth problems.
If you choose wet over dry, please do NOT choose a product because the label looks so mouthwatering that you’re sure your dog will love it. Read those labels first and choose the food that will give your pet a sufficient amount of calories in a single serving, while providing all the nutrients he / she needs to keep them healthy and energetic.