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Wet or dry food? What's best for my dog?

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Wet or dry food? What's best for my dog?

It’s a question that many dog owners ask when deciding on the right diet for their pooch: is wet or dry food better?

Does one have more nutritional benefits? Should I be feeding a bit of both? Unlike cats who have very specific dietary requirements and can be incredibly finicky eaters, canine appetites are more easily satisfied with either wet or dry.

While vets often advise cat owners to feed wet food, or at least to add a splash of water to a dry kibble diet (cats are notoriously poor drinkers and need to gain their moisture from food), dogs don’t have this problem and will keep their hydration at optimal levels whatever they consume.

But there are pros and cons to both options and ultimately it doesn’t matter too much which you feed, as long as the diet is nutritionally balanced and complete. Some owners prefer to feed a bit of wet and dry, which is perfectly fine, providing you are correctly calculating the feeding amount and not over or under-feeding.

Below is a guideline of the benefits and disadvantages of the two food types which we hope you find useful.

Wet (canned)

Dry (kibble)

Pros

  • Higher in meat protein
  • Higher in natural fats
  • Fewer chemical additives and preservatives
  • More appetising
  • Easier to chew
  • Longer shelf life
  • Convenient
  • Lower cost
  • Less messy
  • Easier to measure
  • More energy dense
  • Easier to store (no refrigeration needed)
  • Possible dental benefits

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Spoilage
  • May contribute to weight gain
  • No dental benefits
  • Lower palatability and less aromatic
  • More likely to contain grains
  • More likely to contain chemical additives and preservatives

It’s unlikely that you’ll feed the same type of food for the duration of your dog’s life and there will be times when a wet or a dry diet will be more appropriate. The important thing to remember is that the food needs to be balanced and contain all the nutrients your dog requires to stay healthy and satisfied.

If your dog is thriving, there is no need to change, but if for whatever reason a dietary change is needed, feel free to get in touch with us for advice on which food might be suitable. If you’d like to comment below, we’ll respond as soon as we can.

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10th Nov 2017
  • Customer Since: May 2017
  • From: East Sussex, United Kingdom

I feed my 3 dogs,a Rottweiler,Doberman and Jack Russell a handful of dry nibble and mix it with wet meat twice a day and they're doing very well on it!

7th Jan 2018
  • Customer Since: October 2017
  • From: Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

We have a rescue dog who has a sensitive tummy. Eventually we found the ideal dry food for him, and are now adding a spoonful of wet food to make it more appetising. He's doing very well.

7th Jan 2018

I feed my two cokerspaiels girls on Hypoallergenic
Dry food it is excellent, Recommended by my vet as
One of my dogs is alergic to grain and barley.
Mills dog food low fat.

16th Jan 2018

We have always had collies and as they have aged so their food requirements change. We always feed a good quality hypoallergenic grain free kibble when they are young. We change to a similar but senior grade kibble as they get older and eventually add some tinned meat, usually fish based when they get really fussy. They have all been healthy and active and have thrived on this system.

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