The Great Debate:
Wet vs. Dry Dog Food
Ever wonder what’s better: wet or dry dog food? Or both for that matter? Both choices have their advantages and drawbacks. So let’s go through some basic pros and cons to help you make an informed decision the next time you find yourself in the dog food aisle.
Pros of Wet Dog Food
Appetizing Aroma: Wet (or canned) food tends to have a richer scent as compared to dry kibble, and more closely resembles meat and meat by-products. For this reason, many dogs prefer wet food. Wet food’s stronger aroma also makes it an especially good feeding choice when a pet is lacking in appetite.
More Moisture: Wet food contains significantly higher moisture content than dry — which can contribute moisture to a dog’s diet.
Softer Texture: Wet food is also a great option for dogs with missing teeth, poorly aligned jaws, or smaller mouths as the additional moisture helps make the product soft and easy to chew.
Cons of Wet Dog Food
Short Shelf-Life After Opening: Once canned dog food has been opened, the can must be covered, refrigerated, and used quickly before it spoils. Never leave wet food in your dog’s bowl for more than a couple of hours.
Potential to be Messy: Consumers may find wet food to be a messier option.
Price: Depending on the brand you choose and the amount of food your dog consumes, canned food may be more expensive than dry kibble.
Pros of Dry Dog Food
Convenience: Quite possibly, the biggest advantage of dry kibble is the convenience that it offers owners. Unlike its wet counterpart, dry food can be left out for your dog to eat at his own pace over the course of the day without fear of spoilage. Dry kibble is also easier to store. Usually a large plastic bin with an air tight lid helps keep the food fresh.
Price: Depending on the brand you choose, dry dog food can be more economical when feeding multiple pets as owners can buy in bulk.
Teeth Cleaning: Some dry kibbles are specially formulated and shaped to help clean dogs’ teeth by reducing plaque and tartar buildup as the kibble is chewed.
Cons of Dry Dog Food
Little Moisture: While the crunchy texture of dry kibble may be helpful in cleaning dog’s teeth, dry kibble may be harder for some dogs to chew.
Flavor: Though the amount of flavor found in dry dog food ranges from brand to brand, on average, dry kibble has a reputation for being less flavorful than wet dog food. In fact, many owners choose to mix wet food in with their dog’s dry kibble to add more flavor to the meal.
The Final Decision
Overall, there is no “right” way to feed your dog. Both wet and dry dog food should satisfy your dog’s nutritional requirements as long as they are made with high quality ingredients and are 100% complete and balanced for your dog’s life stage, activity level, and environment.