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Canned or Dry Food, What To Choose? | Dewinton Pet Hospital

Dewinton Pet Hospital Blog Article: Choosing the proper food for your dog.

There may not seem like much of a difference between canned and dry dog food, but the reality is that there are pro’s and con’s for both food options. This article will help you make the right choice for your pet, and budget.

Canned Food:

Canned dog food often comes in smaller packages, and a higher price when compared to kibble. However, there is more to it than simply texture. In many ways, canned food is superior to dry food, as it contains more meat protein and fewer carbohydrates.

Dry food: 18-32% protein.   Carbs: 46-74%

Wet food: 28-50% protein.    Carbs: 18-57%

Due to the air-tight packaging, wet food contain no synthetic preservatives. This stops fats and oils from going rancid. This also includes no artificial flavorings or colorings. With cans, meat ingredients are closer to their natural state, meaning they are palatable and more appetizing.

If you have an overweight dog, feeding them canned food can help them lose weight. The moister content within the canned food can occupy more volume in the stomach, and your dog will feel fuller, longer. Older dogs can benefit too, if they struggle to crew, eating canned food will ease the strain on their jaw.

Dry Food:

Meanwhile, dry food also has its benefits for any pet owner. Dry food is available at much larger bulk at lower prices and is always available. Dry food can also sit in a food dish for days without going bad. Canned food needs to be eaten immediately after opening to avoid spoilage, and any portions left require refrigeration. Kibble is great for your dog’s oral health as well.

So What To Choose?

Both food options have their advantages, and dog owners can make their own decision on what they feed their pet. Smaller dogs might not be able to chew kibble, and older or overweight dogs benefit from canned food. Kibble is cheap and can be stored for months at a time. If you are looking for the best of both works, try a technique called “topping” by putting wet dog food on top of dry food, an extra tasty treat!

Dewinton Pet Hospital has all the answers to your dog, cat, reptile or any other animal questions! We are available 24/7 for checkups and are located just 5 minutes south of Calgary, or 15 minutes north of Okotoks.