Is there a difference feeding your dog dry or canned dog food?
Sugar has been fed dry dog food since she was a young pup. I typically moisten her dry food with warm water. Last year, I’ve given her canned dog food and she seems to like it. I’m always intrigued to know which is better, dry or canned dog food.
Is Canned Dog Food Better Than Dry?
Dry food is less expensive and can be purchased in bulk or larger bags for extra savings. Also, dry dog food does not require refrigeration making it easy to store and travel with.
Canned dog food is higher in protein, with few carbohydrates. It also contain no synthetic preservatives due to its air tight packaging. Lastly, the meat ingredients in canned food are close to their natural state which means its more palatable to dogs.
Canned dog food is very appetizing too, one reason why Sugar enjoys it very much. After finishing her meal, Sugar would lick and lick her bowl.
Canned Dog Food Dietary Advantages
Due to the moisture content of canned dog food, dogs on weight management feel full and satisfied. Canned dog food provides comfort to senior dogs having difficulty chewing. Also, dogs with urinary tract conditions benefit from the moisture of canned dog food.
For the past months, Sugar has a reoccurring urinary tract infection. I’ve been using Holistic Select canned dog food as a topper to her regular dry food. Holistic Select canned dog food recipes provide prebiotic support from chicory root extract for healthy digestion. Click Here to read our previous post: Prebiotics in Dog Food.
There are 6 Holistic Select canned dog food recipes: 1) Chicken, 2)Beef, 3)Lamb, 4) Duck, 5) Turkey & Duck, 6) Salmon, Mackerel & Whitefish. Every Holistic Select canned dog food also contains herbs and botanicals ingredients such as pumpkin, papaya and pomegranate. These ingredients combined with Holistic Select premium proteins assist in delivering optimum, natural nutrition for daily whole-body health of your dog.
Which dog food is better for your dog? Dry or Canned
The answer really depends on your dog’s health and nutrition requirements. Make sure to consult your veterinarian for what type of dog food your dog will benefit the most.
we prefer dry food, but I like the way to add some canned food to make it a little tastier and more interesting for dogs… thanks for a good idea :o)
Reilly & Denny says
we always go with dry food – have found wet foods tend to have a laxative effect on the boys
BJ PUP says
BJ gets dry food with some canned food to add taste and moisture. It’s good for his teeth to have something hard to crunch on. He stopped eating all of his dry food so for the past two years I’ve been adding a tbsp or two of canned food. My problem with BJ is that he is very picky and doesn’t like most canned or dry) food.
I recently hit on the combination. I ran out of canned food and found a can of Costco’s whole chicken breast. I now add that to his dry food and he loves it. To add more moisture, I add chicken broth. Frankly, the chicken is less expensive than canned dog, excuse the expression, food.
Frankie and Ernie says
WE have a Self Feeder that has DRY kibble in it ALWAYS… BUTT at 4:00 we get our WET foodable Supper… USUALLY it is Canned, butt SOMETIMES our mom Cookers up some good stuffs fur us…
SO… we get BOTH and Like BOTH…
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Harley’s stomach prefers dry food. I have been giving him THK broths on occasion when it’s really cold and damp outside as a “topping” as an extra treat. Early on I thought dogs needed variety, and it was really messing his stomach up I’ve since found a formula with the help of his Doodle Doc that consists of dry kibble, fresh ground chicken, coconut oil and some fruits and veggies. It’s working, so I’m no longer experimenting. I enjoyed your post, and I think there are pros and cons to both sides. Healthy is and should be our main concern. Take care.
Madi and momr says
I like both equally! My breakfast is 1/3c kibble. My (8oz) canned food is divided into 8 sections. At breakfast I get on section. At supper get the same amount of canned……and just before bed I get a little more kibble to get me through the night. I love bathing after my canned food…so I can spread that stinky goodness all my face!
Madi your bfff
I prefer to use both. Bain gets PetKind’s Salmon Formula for his dry kibble and for wet food he likes PetKind’s Green Tripe. I won’t add wet food in all of the time, so 2-3 times a week he will get it.
My mom gives me dry food.
We adopted a cat last month, and now I get kitty salmon sometimes too.
I love that stuff I hope it isn’t bad for me.
Molly The Wally says
We do both , wet in the mornings and dry at night to keep my teeth clean. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly
Lily Belle & Muffin says
Since I, Lily Belle, have been getting UTI’s, Mommy has been giving us more canned food and adding lot’s of warm water to it. It seems to help since I’m not a big drinker. But she’s always given us a little canned food mixed in with our hard kibble. But now I get more of the GOOD stuff.
Kaitlin Jenkins says
We rely on quite a hybrid method of feeding our dogs. Currently, kibble/dry food is still our base, but we’re building a lot off that these days. We add canned/wet food on occasion as well- and like the canned dietary pumpkin from Fruitables on days the dogs’ may have an upset tummy.
Dory's Backyard says
Since the older dogs (Dory, Bilbo and Jake) have always enjoyed kibble we have stuck to that. We are in betwix and between with Arty as we are still up in arms with his allergy issues….
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
I feed dry and sometimes will add gravy or a broth to the mix.
Well my 2 big babies have always gotten Dry Kibble every mornin plus a couple treats. Lately I have been giving them the small (tuna size) Canned Food at least 2x week plus Vienna Sausage Bites mabe once week. They seem to Love the Canned Food treat!! But I have always believed that they need dry food to clean their teeth and keep the teeth strong.
I am a little Yorkie who do not enjoy the same food too often… And now, 10 years butlooking as a baby!, medical problem has started and i need to eat canned from the vet. as long as i seem healthy, my humans are ok whit it 😉