Dog Food: Wet or Dry Diets?

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Got a new pooch and not quite sure what to feed him? We break down the pros and cons of wet vs. dry food for you today so you can better choose a fitting diet for your pup.

Wet Food
Is your dog incredibly active? If so, wet food may be the way to go for your pooch. Wet dog foods often contain more proteins and fats, and introduces a lot more versatility to your pup's diet as well. Rehydrated food, frozen raw meat formulated specifically for canines, and canned foods offer an active pup all the complete nutrients she'll need. If your pooch has a small appetite, wet food is a great way to get her to start eating again. However, if your dog is generally inactive, this type of diet will definitely contribute to weight gain. Should you decide to start your dog on a wet food diet, make sure you brush her teeth frequently as wet foods can cause plaque to form.

Pros
-Contains high amounts of proteins, fats and nutrients
-Easier to eat (especially for older dogs)
-Contains significantly higher moisture levels, ensuring your dog stays hydrated

Cons
-Costly
-Lower shelf life
-Causes weight gain in less active dogs

Dry Food
Kibble has some clear advantages: it stores incredibly well, its portability is great for families who travel a lot, it can be easily measured into appropriate servings, and is significantly less costly than wet food. However, with dry food, you need to be much more careful about reading labels as most dry foods contain preservatives. While dry food may taste less yummy to your pup than wet food, it'll give you more breathing room to be less stringent with your dog's dental routine as the hard kibble will naturally help clean his teeth as he eats.

Pros
-Higher shelf life
-Promotes healthy teeth and gums
-Great portability

Cons
-Contains preservatives
-Less palatable

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