The Question: Dry Food VS Canned Food
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These types of food materials are different with different grades of liking by the dogs. Dogs like dry foods only if they are tasty only and however, on comparison, the dogs prefer only the canned food items. Reason for such preference by the dogs is that in case of canned food items, the moisture is about seventy to eighty per cent but in case of dry food, it is only about ten per cent.
However, if you view it in terms of nutrients, often the dry food contains nearly ninety per cent nutrients whereas the canned food items contain only less per cent of nutrients and most of the times. It is only soy products that are structured so well to look like meat pieces.
Hence, to make up the nutritional balance in the body systems, the dog has to eat more amounts of canned food materials than the dry food materials. Hence, just compare the cost factor related to this feature by you. Many dry food items are soybean and rice based.
What about Dry Food?
Now some dry food items are based on corn. Sometimes, beef based or chicken based food items come in the cans along with mineral and vitamin supplements suited for the upkeep of the dog’s health status. Larger dogs that weigh more than thirty pounds need to be fed with semi moist food items or dry food items in most of the occasions.
This is to satisfy the food receptors in the stomach. This is due to the fact that the larger dogs need to eat plenty of moist food or the canned food items to satisfy these criteria. But it may not be practically possible in these larger dogs. The small sized dogs may have a satisfactory level of nutrients if fed even the moist food items.
However, the caloric density of the dry food should not be forgotten. Enriched dry food items are highly welcome ones than the non -enriched food items.
Let’s dive a little more into this…
Wet Pet Food: Pros and Cons
Not all animals drink as much water as they should. Wet foods can be a good source of hydration if your animal is the type that is reluctant to drink adequate amounts of water, which also means that your pet can enjoy a larger portion per meal without adding more calories to their diet. And then there are health considerations that can make wet foods a practical choice. Older animals that have lost some of their olfactory senses may be more inclined to eat a food that has a richer scent and flavor, such as wet foods often are. This is also a good alternative for when a pet is ill and cannot smell as well, or is lacking in appetite.
This will assure that they are getting the proteins, vitamins, and minerals they need maintain their health. Wet foods are a good option as well for dogs with missing teeth, poorly aligned jaws, or smaller mouths.
There are several drawbacks for soft dog food. Some pets will make a mess while eating wet food, and those with a predisposition to developing dental problems will need more attentive dental care. Wet food, once it has been opened, has lost any shelf life it had. It needs to be covered and refrigerated and used quickly before it can spoil.
In some cases, wet dog food is not as economical as dry dog food. Depending on the quality of the food (and you will want to choose the best quality food within your price range) wet food may be more expensive than dry food, and must be bought in smaller amounts at a time
Dry Pet Foods: Pros and Cons
The most convenient type of food, for storage and for feeding, is dry kibble. The food can be left out for the pet to eat at its own pace without fear of spoilage. In fact, many pet owners appreciate the convenience of filling a bowl with enough food to feed the pet for the entire day, if not days, in the case of cats that are left at home while owners take brief trips away from home.
Dry foods are absolutely a convenience for many pet owners. Food can be left out for hours, if not days, and not spoil. Dry foods are easier to store — a large plastic bin with a tight lid is usually enough to keep the food fresh and safe from insects and rodents (and from pets) — and is more economically cost-effective when feeding multiple pets.
Dry kibble can also be used as an effective training treat and as a dental health supplement. Some dry foods are specially formulated and shaped to clean the teeth as the animal chews it. It also comes in many different sizes and types, making it easy to find the best food for your pet.
Dry foods do not provide as much moisture as wet foods. This is something that becomes more important as an animal ages. That also applies when an animal is ill, and in dry, hot climates. In those cases, a wet food diet can be more practical. Dry food can also tend to have lower levels of animal based proteins, which are important for your pet’s development.
The Final Decision
Basically, either of these choices should satisfy your pet’s nutritional requirements as long as they are well balanced. They are all made with quality ingredients. It’s just a matter of which one will be best for your pet. This is over the long term and which fits your lifestyle. Another option is to choose both wet and dry foods to use reguarly. You can mix them together in the same bowl. You could also give the wet food as an occasional treat. Talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns. Keep in mind there may be particular considerations for your dog’s breed or age.