It can be difficult to choose what type of premium dog food to feed your dog. Something as simple as deciding between canned and dry dog food can actually be quite a tricky choice. There is an awful lot of information about both out there, which can be confusing.
In truth, there are advantages of both types of food. On a basic nutritional level, dry dog food contains less protein and more carbohydrates, so is less nourishing for your pet. Wet food, on the other hand, contains more protein but also has a much higher fat content than dry food, which can lead to obesity.
The protein in wet dog food also tends to be higher-quality meat protein, which is typically better for dogs than the protein in dry food. This is due to the fact that wet food usually contains more actual meat, while dry food is usually made up of meat by-products.
That said, your dog is unlikely to be squeamish about eating the less-savoury parts of an animal. However, wet dog food also has the advantage of coming in cans or sealed pouches, so it does not need to have any preservatives added to it unlike dry food.
So, should you stick to wet food from now on? Well, not necessarily. High-quality dry dog food can be just as nutritionally-balanced as wet food. It is also usually cheaper, easier to store and cleaner, as any spillages from your dog’s bowl can be swept up quickly.
It is also harder to eat than wet food, which is good for most dogs who have a natural urge to chew things. This chewing also helps to clean tartar off dogs’ teeth, which they will not get by eating solely wet food.
Of course, there are other options. Some of you may find that it would be better to go for a raw dog food diet instead, so that you have more control over exactly what your dog is eating.
When it comes to dog food, there are advantages and disadvantages of every type. As a rule, it is best to go with the highest-quality food that you can afford, to ensure that your dog is as healthy as possible.
Written by: Hannah