Which Is Better for Your Dog, Dry Food, or Canned Food?

If you're wondering whether to feed your dog dry food or canned food, we'll tell you the advantages and disadvantages of both options.
Which Is Better for Your Dog, Dry Food, or Canned Food?

Last update: 05 March, 2021

When you get a pet for the first time, you ask yourself what kind of food is best to feed it. However, before deciding whether you should give your pet dry food or canned food, you need to take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each option. 

In previous articles, we’ve talked about the advantages of dry pet foods. We’ve also discussed how mixing dry food with raw foods or canned foods can be harmful to our pets. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both options.

Canned pet food characteristics

Dog eating.

One of the biggest advantages of canned pet foods is that your dog loves them. However, we know that doesn’t always mean that they’re good for them. It also depends on the type of dog. For example, if you have a sedentary dog, this type of food is high in fat. As a result, they’re likely to develop obesity. 

Therefore, we recommend minimal use of canned foods. That doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge your dog from time to time. And, of course, we advise buying high-quality canned foods. The cheaper ones are usually made with poor-quality ingredients and won’t be beneficial for your dog. Another disadvantage is that it slows their digestion. This could drain your friend’s energy.

Dry food characteristics

Dry foods are made to meet all of your dog’s nutritional needs. In addition, it’s easy and quick to digest, which benefits your dog’s intestinal flora. Also, it’s great for their teeth. That’s because it’ll clean your dog’s mouth and keep their breath fresh, while also strengthening their teeth. 

Dry food is specially designed for dogs. They provide them with everything they need for daily life. Therefore, you shouldn’t feel bad that your dog always eats dry dog food.

And, from time to time, you can always add a little bit of meat or ham from your own meals. However, you need to remember that human food shouldn’t exceed 10% of your pet’s daily diet.

Dry food or canned food: don’t worry, your dog isn’t bored of dry food

If your dog eats its dog food without any problems, then you don’t need to change it. This is especially true if you’re feeding them high-quality dry dog food. It’s important to note that dogs are very sensitive to food changes.

Just because our pet begs for food while we’re cooking or eating doesn’t mean they’re tired of their own food; it’s just a habit dogs have. Their instincts tell them to eat as much as possible because they don’t know if there will be more food later.

It’s best to train your dog not to beg while you’re eating. Another idea is not letting your pet into the kitchen while you’re cooking.

So, dry food or canned food?

Cat and dog eating.

As you’ve read in this article, we recommend dry food for your pet, but it’s not always the best option. It’s very important to know the health status of your pet because that will determine whether they should eat dry food or canned food.

For example, if your pet has a urinary tract problem or constipation, canned foods could help solve those problems. In addition, you can choose canned foods based on age, allergies, sensitivity, and even some diseases, just like dry food.

The best thing to do is to talk to your veterinarian to determine the best option for your pet. 

Always remember to check the food’s label and expiration date. And, most importantly, choose a reliable brand that offers high-quality products. If you follow these tips, you’ll help your pet follow a good diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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