Should I feed my dog wet or dry food?

We understand the role food plays in good health and maintaining energy levels, but mealtimes also form a significant part of our daily rituals and the same can be said for our beloved pooches! Whether eating once or twice a day, your dog understands the cues of mealtimes and for many, this is a highlight of the day.

However, unlike humans, dogs don’t get to choose their diet – it is us as pet parents that make the all-important decision as to what to feed them.

The first decision is whether your dog is going to have a wet, dry or mixed diet and this will be guided by your dogs’ age, health and general behavioural needs.

You may have heard comments about dry diets being “so boring”, but it is acceptable to feed your dog a pure kibble diet, especially if they are prone to gut issues. It all comes down to assessing the options and deciding what is right for your dog!

wet_dog_foodWhy wet dog food?

Let’s start by saying, wet food does not only mean ‘canned’ – there are many options on the market for quality refrigerated fresh ‘wet’ food.

Wet food is easily digestible which is of great relief for dogs who have trouble chewing. Whether it be from a loss of teeth, jaw issues or simply having small mouth because of breed, some dogs can have a hard time chewing kibble regardless of age.

Wet food has a greater water content than dry dog food which is beneficial if you are worried about dehydration for your fur baby.

This higher water content can also help you dog feel full so if you are having to consider weight management, wet dog food can be beneficial.

Wet food smells! This might read as a negative however for older dogs who have lost some sense of smell or those doggies who are less interested at mealtimes, the aroma of wet food is can be more appealing and makes it more palatable.

Why dry dog food?

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Convenience! Dry food doesn’t require refrigeration so it can be left out for dogs to eat in their own time without fear of spoiling.

This in turn also makes dry food ideal for enriching play via food puzzle toys – it can be left to be discovered whilst you are at work providing fun and stimulation for your companion.

The hard texture of dry food aids in cleaning teeth and maintaining good dental hygiene. Specially formulated kibble is also available; designed to reduce plaque, stain and tartar by scraping away these build ups on your dog’s teeth.

Dry dog food is energy dense packed with nutrients, protein and carbs.

Dry food is economical, especially when purchased in bulk.

Can I offer both?

Again, it all comes down to deciding what is right for your dog but aside from making sure you don’t increase caloric intake when mixing these foods, there is no reason you can’t offer both options if this fits with your dogs’ preferences. However, we do recommend following one of the following routines:

  • Offer wet and dry food in same bowl
  • Alternate meals between wet and dry

Regardless of whether you decide to feed your dog wet or dry food, what is critical is that it is a high-quality diet. Whilst we acknowledge the obvious price discrepancy, the cost of higher quality food over the life of your dog will be offset by lower veterinarian bills with a reduced risk of health issues that are a result of improper nutrition.

If you need further support around what to feed your dog or changing their diet, book an appointment to speak with a Your PetPA veterinarian or nurse via our website or App. Personalised nutrition advice is especially recommended if your dog has a health condition or special dietary needs.

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