What is Wet Dog Food?
When it comes to buying food for your furry friend, you seem to have numerous options. There are tons of dog food companies out there boasting about their fantastic products in addition to all different types of dog food you can purchase. Grain-free, hypoallergenic, meat based, freeze-dried, raw, and even vegan types have begun to show up on the shelf. Sorting through all of this can be difficult, but before you make any decisions about brands or ingredients, you should first consider whether you want to feed your dog wet or dry food.
Wet dog food typically comes in cans and is higher in moisture than the traditional dog food. Typically, it features soft pieces of kibble in gravy, ground food that is canned and has a consistency similar to spam or bite-sized chunks in juice. Because of the high moisture content, it is easier to chew. Wet dog food also has higher amounts of calories and fat than dry dog food.
It is no secret that hard dog food keeps tartar off your pet’s teeth. Obviously, wet dog food does not. You can still opt to feed your dog wet food with hard, chewy snacks designed to break up tartar if you are concerned about your pet’s teeth.
For the most part, deciding whether you want to offer dry kibble or soft food is a personal preference. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the decision-making process. Wet food is easier to digest and chew, so it is highly recommended for senior dogs or pets with intestinal problems. It is typically more desirable than dry kibble to dogs, so it is also recommended for picky eaters.
What are the Pros/Cons of Dry Vs Wet Dog Food
When making your decision, you should also consider the pros/cons. We have offered you just a short list of both.
Pros: Wet food is easier on the teeth and the digestive tract. It is high in protein, more desirable, less processed. Additionally, there are no chemical preservatives included here, and if left in the can, it has a much longer shelf life than bagged kibble.
Cons: Once your pet has wet food, he may not want regular kibble anymore. This increases the risk of tartar. Canned food spoils quickly once it is opened, so you will need to serve it immediately. It can cost more than traditional food, and you must feed larger quantities.
Do As Much Research As Possible!
Like dry kibble, not all wet dog food is created equal. Always make sure you feed your dog a quality food. Just because a brand or company states that it is the best choice for your dog, it does not mean it necessarily is.
It is always better to do your own research or consult a vet regarding this. If you are still in doubt as to whether you want to offer wet or dry food, you can always pick up either from the same brand and check the ingredients.