Does your dog come running at dinnertime because you’re shaking his kibble out of the bag? Or is it because you’re stirring his wet food in the can? Or do you shake a little, stir a little? When choosing a dry diet, a wet diet or a combo for your dog, there are many comparisons to make.
Deciding between wet and dry food for your dog can be tough. Dry dog kibble is easier to store and serve. Wet often contains fewer grains and more protein. Here are a few more comparisons:
If you have a dog with special issues, it is best to consult your veterinarian for food recommendations. Dogs, like people, react differently to different diets – some need mostly protein, some need lots of carbs; some benefit most from dry kibble, some from canned food. Here are a few special circumstances to keep in mind:
Age: Young pups and senior dogs tend to do better on wet food because of the added hydration. It is also easier on their teeth.
Overweight Dogs: Wet food is higher in protein which is what a dieting dog needs. It also makes them feel fuller longer. However, a high-protein dry dog food can also be sufficient.
Whether dry or canned, dog food that falls into the “premium” category offers the most balanced nutrition for your dog. Premium dog foods range in price from approximately $25.00 to $50.00 per 15-pound bag. If this is too pricey, consider mixing a premium food with your less expensive food.
Premium dog food is beneficial in several ways:
It’s not always a question of wet versus dry food. While a dog can certainly be healthy on either a dry or wet diet, experts agree that often the most balanced diet is a mix of both. Also, supplements can be added to round it off (ask your vet which would be right for your dog). So keep your dog healthy and happy with a diet that works well for him.