Dry food or wet? It’s a question every dog owner asks themselves at least once. Wet or dry foods unquestionably have their own sets of advantages, but ultimately the choice of crunchy or chunky will come down to your pet and their unique circumstances.

Nutritional value in dry dog food

Kibble, also known as dry food, is a popular choice for many dog owners because it not only has numerous nutritional benefits, but it is also a practical, easy to store, food that is relatively reasonably priced. Typical commercial dry food contains the nutrients a healthy dog needs: proteins, fats, fibre, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. A healthy dog can do well on dry food and won’t usually need any other dietary supplements. Dry food, however, only contains 5 to 12 percent moisture, which is not enough to keep your dog hydrated, and so you will need to ensure the dog gets plenty of freshwater. If your dog is older, some supplements may be needed to maintain their health.

Dry food and dental care

Dry food is an excellent plaque remover – essential for your dog’s oral health.  Dogs need teeth cleaning daily, but few of us ever manage this, which can result in plaque deposits.  Plaque can calcify in days; these deposits cannot be easily removed and may be the beginning of more complex dental and gum problems.  Dry food has a rough abrasive surface, which can easily remove the existing plaque on your dog’s teeth.  With daily dry food intake, tooth plaque will be regularly removed, preventing tartar formation.

The lifespan of dry dog food

Dry food is a practical choice since it is available in large bags that can be stored for a long time.  Dry food placed in bowls can stay there for over 24 hours without going bad, while wet food can oxidize and lose its nutritional value quickly. Dry food, however, is not a good choice for puppies under the age of 8 weeks or senior dogs that have health problems, especially kidney problems. Obese dogs, too, may also be better off with a wet diet. 

Nutrition value in wet dog food

Wet dog food is often more palatable to dogs and is a much easier way to ensure they get their daily nutrition, which is why wet dog food is among the best dog foods available.  Wet food contains fewer preservatives and has a lower risk of bacterial infection than dry dog food during processing while containing fewer fillers.  Also, wet food, with its cuts of meats and vegetables soaked in sauces, is more toothsome to dogs. 

Adjusting your dogs feeding routine

Switching your dog feeding routine from dry food to wet is not something you should rush. Canned dog food is very appealing to dogs, so they eat it quickly and want more.  Canned food is higher in protein, and the richness of the food might upset your dog’s stomach. So, for the first week, feed a mixture of canned food with your pet’s dry food to allow their body to adjust.  As the week progresses, increase the amount of canned food and decrease the dry food. 

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