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Dry Dog Food VS Wet Food: Which Is Better For Your Dog?

Pet owners are constantly looking for the best ways to provide proper care for their beloved dogs. The problem is that so many products and options are available in the category of dog food that it can be challenging to find the best food for a particular dog. The best dog food depends on the dog, since there are benefits and downsides to dry and wet dog foods.

Benefits of Wet Dog Food

Before it is possible to determine the best food for your dog, it is important to recognize the benefits of the food. The advantages of wet dog food include:

  • Added water, which helps keep a dog hydrated
  • Softer food
  • Easier for dogs to eat
  • Balanced diet with minerals and vitamins
  • More enticing smell for dogs with limited appetite

Certain dogs, particularly older dogs or dogs with small mouths, can benefit from eating wet dog food because it is easier on the mouth. The smell can also entice dogs with a limited appetite and the additional water in the food is useful when a dog is dehydrated.

Disadvantages of Wet Dog Food

Although there are benefits of the food, it is important to recognize the possible downsides of feeding your beloved dog wet food. The disadvantages of wet dog food include:

  • Limited shelf-life after opening
  • Messes
  • Dental hygiene concerns
  • Cost

Pet MD notes the wet dog food can be hard on your finances, since it generally costs more and it must be refrigerated after opening. Furthermore, you may need to spend more time caring for your dog’s teeth because the food will not help prevent cavities.

Advantages of Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food is a good choice for many dogs because of the benefits associated with the food. The primary benefits of dry dog food include:

  • Measuring the food is easy
  • Long-lasting shelf life
  • Cleans a dog’s teeth while eating
  • Encourages healthy jaws, particularly in puppies
  • Encourages dogs to eat slowly

Dry food is often preferred by dog owners because it is easy to transport, store and measure. You do not need to worry about portion sizes since the measurements are simple and you can keep the food out without worrying that it will spoil.

Disadvantages of Dry Food

Although dry dog food has certain advantages when it comes to storage and maintenance, it does have some disadvantages to consider. The downsides of dry food include:

  • Lower fat content
  • High carbohydrate content, which may not be appropriate for all breeds
  • Hard food, which can be difficult for small dogs or dogs with jaw problems to eat
  • Limited moisture

Dry food is not appropriate for every dog. Older dogs or breeds that require a high fat content in their diet may not get the nutritional content that is required for their needs in many dry dog food options.

Selecting the right dog food depends on the pet. In some cases, it may even be useful to combine both foods to get the right balance of nutrition, price and health. The key is focusing on the needs of a particular dog so that your pet has the optimal health.


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+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.