Choosing between wet diet or dry diet for my dog

Choosing what your dog is going to eat is not as simple as approaching the pet section of the supermarket and tossing any of the hundreds of feed or cans on display. Not all have the same quality, nor are they advisable in some cases.

 Many people mix canine food with canned foods because they believe that a diet composed only of dry food will bore your pet. But it’s not always like this. Knowing the details of the dog’s diet helps to choose the most appropriate for our pet.

Dry diet or wet diet?

 It is the first question that arises when it comes to feeding a dog. But each case is different. There are three types of dog food depending on the amount of water they carry: wet diet (cans), dry diet (diet) and semi-humid diet, with an intermediate amount of moisture.

Wet Diet for the Dog

Cans, or moist diet, are usually attractive to dogs. But they also carry some problems. When the dog leads a sedentary life, it is necessary to prevent feeding of our animal exclusively on cans, since it is probable that it develops some obesity if the quantities are not well controlled. This type of canned food has a higher calorie density.

Cans are usually attractive to dogs. But they also carry some risks in sedentary dogs, such as obesity

Quality is another element to take into account when choosing a can. Low-priced products have the chance of being made from poor quality ingredients.

 Feed or dry diet

Faced with the dangers of cans, we recommend feed or dry diet. This type of food has greater nutritional balance and offers advantages for oral hygiene: when the animal grinds and chews the feed, it delays the appearance of plaques on the teeth (although this process is not a replacement for an excellent professional oral care).

Hamburgers and minced meat

Semi-moist foods are sold on the market in the form of hamburgers, minced meat or pieces of beef. They contain somewhat more moisture than dry feed, but much less than canning (the semi-moist has between 15 and 30%, versus 80% average moisture in the canned).

Although semi-moist food is more attractive to the dog, it is less energetic than dry food. They are made with frozen or fresh animal tissues, cereals, fats, and sugars. They are softer than dry food, and the dog usually eats them with more interest.

In any case, if you decide to mix your pet’s dry food with any of these foods, be moist or semi-humid, it is advisable to control the how long the food has been exposed. The process of putrefaction is much faster in the canned food than in the feed.

 The dog should not be bored of its feed

Nevertheless, it should be kept in mind that if your dog is happy with his usual feed, it is not necessary to change it, if it is of good quality. Most dogs are sensitive to feed changes, which can even cause some unwanted effects, such as stomach upset or diarrhea.

Cans for concrete cases

It is important to take into account the health of your pet, and there are some exceptions that make the choice of canned food more advisable. Veterinary Medicine doctors explain that certain canned foods help dogs with problems of the urinary tract because the high moisture content helps them to urinate.

The range of cans for special cases that exists in the market is very wide. Some brands of dog food offer an extensive list of specialized products for cases where our dog needs a specific type of food.

Here are some tips to follow when buying your dog’s food:

•    Check the labeling of the product to be purchased. Its moisture content and ingredients.

•    Choose a reliable manufacturer. Ask your veterinarian.

•    Consider the health and age of your dog.

•    Do not allow moist or semi-moist food to rot in your pet’s crate.

•    Do not accustom your dog to other flavours of homemade food or leftovers.

The supply of canned foods includes food for both ages, and has any allergy, food sensitivity or any disease, whether chronic or temporary. Given the wide range of manufacturers, a consultation on this subject with your regular veterinarian will certainly be of great help before making a decision.

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