One of the many first decisions you have to make as a dog parent is to determine the right dog food to provide for your new furry family, how much food to give your new pet, as well as how often to feed him. With so many varieties, brands, and flavors to choose from, many a pet parent has found themselves staring wide-eyed down the pet food aisle, wondering to themselves, Dry or Canned?
What You Need to Know
First, what’s more important than the decision of Wet or Dry, is the decision of which brand to feed your dog. Most low quality dog foods are soybean, rice, or corn-based. Some of the better brands, however, have real meat or fish, or meat meals as their main ingredient. Although they tends to be more expensive, high quality foods, made with real meat, can be an excellent source of the protein and nutrients that your dog needs. Most dogs are apt to eating a smaller volume of the much higher quality dog food products than of their cheaper counterparts; thereby cutting down the cost. In other words, a high quality food will cost more upfront, but will last longer and cost less in the long run – especially when you consider the costs associated with vet bills for a malnourished dog.
For the sake of this comparison between dry and wet dog food, the focus is on high quality, proven brands, that use appropriate ingredients, not cheap fillers or unsafe by-products.
By comparison, dry foods usually have more caloric density than canned foods which suggests that there is less water in a cup of dry kibble than in a cup of canned dog food. This is hardly ever an issue for small dogs, however, it’s very likely that giant breeds will have trouble eating sufficient amount of canned dog food because of their remarkable caloric needs.
· When canned food is superior to kibble. Canned food can be better than kibble in several ways. Canned foods usually have more meat protein and less carbohydrates as compared to their dry counterparts. Because of their air-tight packaging, canned foods normally contain no artificial preservatives. They contain no synthetic colorings and flavorings. With canned dog foods, the meat ingredients tend to be closer to their natural state; making them not only appetizing and palatable but beneficial as well. Even older dogs, which are commonly tormented with chronic canine dental issues, can benefit from canned foods because of their softness, making them a lot easier to chew.
· When kibble comes first. When talking about convenience, nothing can beat the ease of feeding dry foods – just scoop and feed. Many dog parents who are on a tight budget seem to find quality kibble products almost always a way better buy as compared to the canned ones. And, unlike canned foods which are susceptible to bacteria or mold growth if left uneaten in your dog’s bowl, dry kibble can remain fresh and safe for a much longer period of time. Plus, kibbles provide your dog with the crunch that many dogs crave, and need for their dental health. It’s important to note that dry kibbles usually contain much less fat than canned alternatives, making them ideal for dieting dogs. And, dogs that tend to scarf down their food too quickly will eat dry kibble at a slower, safer pace.
Overall, the choice of “canned” or “dry” is an individual one. Nevertheless, larger breeds, like those dogs weighing more than 40 pounds, should to be fed a dry or semi-moist dog food in most situations. Just bear in mind that there are times when providing either one food kind or the other could be the better pick for you and Fido. For some pet parents, combining the two is the best option to make, just be careful not to overfeed!