Guest Blogger Olivia Williams ,
Dry vs. Wet Dog Food: Which is Better?
There is no other more polarizing issue among dog owners than the dry versus wet dog food debate. Determining which between dry dog food and wet dog food is better is a matter of understanding the different factors that can influence the type of dog food that is appropriate for your pooch.
Wet dog food typically contains higher protein and fat content than dry dog food. On the other hand, dry dog food will generally be more calorie-dense than the other type of dog food. That being said if you have a pooch that requires plenty of proteins and fats, such as puppies, then you will find wet dog food to be especially useful. However, you have to pay special attention to the fat content since too much fat isn’t likely to do any good for your pooch. Sadly, there’s no way for you to separate fats and proteins in a wet dog food.
Now, if you have a pooch that requires plenty of calories, then your go-to doggie diet is dry kibble. This is perfect for working dogs or pooches that are very energetic. You don’t need to worry since dry kibbles still contain proteins and fats. Dry kibbles provide your pooch with the energy sourced from wholesome grains and other energy-rich carbohydrates so that your pooch won’t have to burn protein for fat. On the downside, too many calories or if your pooch doesn’t have a very active lifestyle can also lead to obesity and increase the risk of canine diabetes.
Purpose in Veterinary Health
Veterinarians generally recommend dry kibbles to dogs that are in excellent health and those that do not have any problems chewing. It is also highly recommended in dogs that have been duly trained or are fully capable of drinking from a water bowl, a pet drinking fountain, or any other source of drinking water. Dry kibbles are also perfect for helping pooches reduce tartar and plaque buildup on teeth and help prevent the development of cavities and periodontal disease in dogs.
On the other hand, wet dog food is usually recommended by veterinarians on dogs that are too ill or too weak to chow down on hard, crunchy kibbles. These are also advised on dogs that already have missing teeth or are convalescing from an illness. It is also indicated in pooches that are already old where their sense of taste and smell may already be reduced. Wet dog food is also given to dogs that have weight issues since this type of food contains fewer calories and carbs. It can also be given to pooches that have a natural dislike for drinking water or one that is simply too weak to drink water.
Generally speaking, dry dog food offers greater convenience for dog owners for the simple fact that it weighs much lighter than wet canine food on a per-feeding basis. It also doesn’t spoil easily. Canned dog foods have to be consumed within 4 hours if the room temperature happens to be at least 50OF. If you’ve opened the can already and haven’t dumped all of its contents into your dog’s food bowl yet, you can also refrigerate this for a maximum of 7 days. A bag of dry kibbles, if stored properly, can actually last up to 2 weeks without loss in its nutritional value.
Obviously, canned dog food is more expensive than dry dog food. As such, if your primary consideration is cost, then you’re definitely better off with a dry kibble.
Understanding the implications of a dog food’s nutrient content, veterinary purpose, convenience, and cost can help you decide which between dry and wet dog food is best for your pet.
Olivia Williams is mum of 2 and a true animal lover with 3 dogs, 2 cats and a parrot called Charlie. Heading up the content for MyPetNeedsThat.com amongst a busy family schedule, her goal is to try help people all around the world become better pet owners.