Choosing the best food for our dogs is not the easiest thing. It’s not just about going to the pet food department in the supermarket and choosing between wet food and other types of food. There are many different factors to keep in mind. Here we will go through different diets for your dog and how to choose between them.
In general, not all dry and wet food are of the same quality, and not all are recommended for all types of animals.
There are pet owners who consider dry food to be better and more well-balanced. There are also those who find canned food more attractive. Here we will talk about the benefits of combining wet feed with other types of feed.
Based on their moisture and how much water they contain, there are three different diets for your dog. The wet food diet (we call it canned food), the dry food diet and the semi-wet diet, which is a mixture of the two.
Wet food is usually very attractive and appetizing for dogs. But that does not mean that it is the best for them. If a dog, for example, leads a sedentary life, it is necessary to avoid giving him only wet food.
Losing control over the amount of this type of food can, among other things, cause obesity in dogs. The reason for this is that canned food has more calories. The quality of canned food is an important variable. At the supermarket we can find everything, including low-priced products, manufactured and packaged with ingredients of very low quality.
Many animal nutrition experts prefer dry food to wet food. Dry food offers our pets a better balance of nutrients. By crushing and chewing on the dry food, the dog also avoids the formation of plaque on his teeth.
Among different diets for your dog, there is the mixture of the two above options. That is, the combination of wet and dry food. Normally, these products will be found in the supermarket in the form of burgers, minced meat or pieces of meat. These products have higher humidity than dry food, but much less than canned food.
In this way, semi-moist products contain 15-30% water, while canned food normally contains about 80%.
It may be that this semi-moist food is not as attractive to our animals, but it is healthier and contains fewer calories.
If the dog is happy with his usual food, it is not necessary to change it. Not as long as it is of high quality. In most cases , our animals are very sensitive to changes in their food. A change in food can even cause unwanted effects such as an upset stomach or diarrhea.
It is not a good habit to leave our animals near the kitchen while we cook. In many cases, small pieces of food can fall to the floor and end up in our friend’s stomach. Veterinarians always recommend sending the dog out of rooms where food is prepared or eaten.
Some wet foods have been created for special needs or situations in our animals. For example, some wet foods may contain a moisture level that is specifically designed for dogs with urinary tract problems.
In the supermarket we can find a wide range of canned food for special cases. There are many specialized products for cases where our dog needs a special type of diet. Examples include: foods for special ages, allergies, food hypersensitivity or diseases, whether they are acute or chronic.
Before choosing a product from the available options, it is important that you consult a veterinarian.
- Do not mix different food packages.
- Always check and compare the label on each product to check, among other things, moisture content and ingredients.
- The manufacturer must be reliable, well-known and have a good reputation.
- All food left in your dog’s food bowl must be thrown away, whether it is wet or dry. Never let the dog eat old food.
- As we have often pointed out , our own leftover food is not a good alternative to feeding our pets.