With so many dog food options out there, it's hard to know what will be the best choice for your dog. From dry to wet food, raw and homemade, semi-moist to freeze-dried - it can become overwhelming quickly (and that's not even including the hundreds of brands). Your vet is a great resource when deciding on a food that will provide the proper nutrients and fit for your dog. But one of the decisions you may need to make is dry or wet food. So, here are the pros and cons of wet dog food.
- More costly with fewer variations and choices.
- Less convenient. It takes more time to prepare meals and must be stored properly in the refrigerator once opened.
- Spoils more quickly, so can be wasteful if not used in time. Also, not ideal for dogs who like to graze.
- Can be harder to portion control, which may lead to weight gain.
- Less effective at preventing tartar buildup on teeth, so extra attention to dental care is recommended.
- Higher fat content, which can be troublesome for dogs who are sensitive to fatty foods or prone to pancreatitis.
- Less green and more wasteful (one large bag of kibble vs. dozens of cans, plastic containers or pouches).
- Some containers are lined with Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical shown to disrupt endocrines. In fact, research has demonstrated that BPA from canned dog food can be detected in blood and may have negative effects on the body.
- It's messier, has an odor that may turn off people and is not always a good fit for puzzle toys and brain games involving food.
A Third Option: Mixing Wet and Dry Food
One way to combine the benefits of both wet and dry food is to mix the two together. This lowers the cost of wet food, while providing the flavor and health benefits of it (plus the health benefits of kibble). Just make sure to calculate the proper amount of calories to avoid overfeeding and weight gain.
Again, your vet is an excellent resource when deciding on a food for your dog. They'll be able to take into account your pup's age, health and lifestyle to find a good fit that provides the proper nutrients for your canine companion.