Wet dog food vs. dry dog food: Is one better than the other?

As a pet parent, you want to make sure that you provide the best dog food to your beloved companion. The best type of food supports a dog’s health by having the right nutrition and not containing harmful ingredients. 

Let’s talk about what you should feed your dogs. Should you give your pup wet food or dry food? Both wet food and dry food can be healthy for your dog and have associated benefits:

The benefits of dry dog food

  • Dental hygiene
    Some dry dog foods are formulated to help with dental hygiene by reducing plaque build-up, staining, and tartar build-up. The kibble does this by helping to scrape away the build-up on your dog’s teeth. 
  • Mental Stimulation
    You can use dry food as a way to entertain your dog while you are away by playing games such as “Find It” wherein you hide the food in various places and let your pet sniff and find the kibble. This may keep him motivated and engaged for sometime. You may also place the kibble in a food toy for entertainment. Providing your dog with the mental stimulation of food can improve your dog’s quality of life.
  • Economical
    It is generally cheaper to buy dry dog food and store it longer.
  • Convenient
    You can feed your dog and leave the dry food for them, even if they don’t eat it right away. There’s no need to worry about the kibble spoiling. 

The benefits of wet dog food

  • Increases water intake
    Wet dog food contains a lot of moisture. If you live in a hot, humid climate or your dog does not drink enough water then providing wet food can help to increase hydration. 
  • Help dogs with chewing problems
    Some dogs may have trouble chewing a harder kibble. There can be various reasons such as  tooth loss, a small mouth, misaligned jaws. In such cases, Wet food would be ideal
  • Stronger scent
    Sometimes dogs lose some of their sense of smell as they age. Wet dog food may be a lot more appetizing since it has a stronger scent 
  • Satiety
    Since wet dog food has higher water content, it can help your dog feel fuller. This is helpful for weight management in dogs.

The mixed option

Since both wet and dry dog foods have their advantages, many pet owners find that mixing wet and dry food provides the best of both worlds. Unless your dog has very specific dietary requirements, you may consider this option. Combining wet and dry foods will allow your dog the flavor benefits of wet food, while you can keep some of the financial and logistical ease of kibble. Sometimes the pet will have a preference of their own which may also influence your decision to choose a particular type of dog food.

Whichever path you choose, two key things to consider are the ingredients and the approach in introducing new foods to your dog. It is advised not to change their food too often or too quickly. That could cause digestive irritation. Below are some ingredients you should avoid giving to your dog. Typically these ingredients are listed on the food label. 

  • Carrageenan
  • Ethoxyquin
  • Propylene Glycol
  • BHT
  • BHA
  • Food dyes
  • Corn syrup
  • By-products
  • Xylitol

At YoPets, we want you to be informed when it comes to the health of your pet. Every dog is different. If you are really unsure what to feed your dog or have any feeding concerns, it would be best to book an appointment with your vet to seek advice. For more information on other aspects of pet safety, please read our blog on Springtime Safety Tips for Dogs