Dry or Wet Dog Food - What do You Feed Your Dogs?
What is healthier for your dog? What are the pros and cons?
Dry food is cheaper and easier to buy in bulk. I like wet food just because it has more meat and dogs are, afterall, carnivores.
Dry dog food is cheaper and often more convenient. However, canned foods usually contain more protein, and less carbs (which is a good thing, dogs are carnivores). Because of how the cans are sealed, wet foods don't need additional preservatives, and they usually do not contain artificial flavors or colors.
Canned (wet) foods, again because of how they are sealed, actually have a longer shelf life than dry kibbles, despite the fact that they contain less preservatives. Buying lots of cans may take up more space, but if you want to buy dog food in bulk canned foods will last longer when stored, as long as the cans are not opened, than dry food.
The water content in wet foods can help to keep dogs urinary tract healthy, especially if, for some reason, your dog doesn't drink enough water. Also, many dogs simply prefer the taste of wet food over dry.
One plus for dry food is that it usually contains higher levels of fiber, which can help your dog's digestive tract. Some owners report that their dogs have softer stool when fed only wet food.
If I had to choose just one, I would vote for wet food. However, I think feeding a mixture of both is great. It allows for owners to take advantage of the pros of both types of food, and gives the dog a bit more variety in their diet. Also, keep in mind that feeding commercially prepared foods are not the only options out there. There are also home made and raw diets, which many people feel are superior to all kinds of commercially processed diets.
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My vet says dry is best, reduces tarter on teeth, more agreeable to digestive system and it is cheaper. Have to use a quality brand. I have three beagles. The oldest is 14 and she looks great and can hold her on for short runs when playing chase with the other two.
by DogAllergyDiva 10 years ago
Just curious what brands folks are feeding thier dogs and why? Have you done much research on what is good for your dog? Do you give much preference to brand based on your dog's breed?
by Mark dos Anjos, DVM 8 years ago
What do you feed your dog?The healthiest choice for pets is a diet of real food. Despite that, most people continue to buy dry food with few vitamins but lots of dyes and preservatives. What do you think the best thing for your dog is, or do you just buy whatever is convenient?
by jamesbrownbete 10 years ago
Our dogs only eat home made!
by MomsTreasureChest 7 years ago
Do you feed your pets dry pet food or wet pet food?
by klburrage 12 years ago
I need to know the name of the best dog food that I can feed my adult dogs.bull dog and pit bull?I now feed them Purina Dog Chow. This dog food has been recalled.Milk Bone - Recalled.What food is best for my dogs health and coat?
by kjones03 12 years ago
what is the best brand of dry dog food, lamb and rice that i can feed my american eskimo
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