Dry Dog Food V Wet

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Dry Dog Food V Wet

Dry Dog Food V Wet

Dry dog food V wet – have you been feeding you dog dry dog food only? because you were told that it prevented dental disease and tarter? And do you feel guilty when you feed them canned food because of the harm that it might cause? Dry food does not prevent dental disease and canned or wet food does not cause dental problems. Each type of dog food has its own drawbacks and benefits. The combination of dry and wet combines the best of both foods.

Dry Dog Food V Wet
Dry Dog Food V Wet

The Dog’s Unique Feeding Style

The belief that dry food prevents dental disease is acquire from the belief that chewing causes abrasion on the tooth surfaces to prevent or shave off tarter. And that is true, but dogs have the habit of not chew their food! Anyone who has stepped in or witnessed dog vomit knows that the vomit looks just like the food they’ve just been eating, just wetter.

As pack animals, dogs killed and feasted in very competitive pack environments. Individuals ripped the meat off the carcass, swallowed and then repeatedly dove back into the frenzy for more. Taking the time to chew would have meant less food for them which means they could end up starving.

These eating habits have not changed in our modern dogs. If you inspect a modern dog’s mouth you will notice that they share the same sharp, pointed teeth of their flesh eating ancestors. They grab their food, maybe crunch it once or twice, swallow and then grab another bit again. Zero abrasive cleaning action of their teeth takes place during their mealtime.

Dog Dental Tarter and Food Type

Wild cats and dogs don’t eat any dry food. Studies have shown that they have less dental tarter than our pets that are fed commercial food, wet or dry. The fact is that dental disease is a little more complicated than what type of food is eaten. Dental hygiene is more dependent on routine care and less dependent on diet. Availability of hard chew toys and regular teeth brushing has a greater impact on your dogs dental health than the type of food they eat.

Dry Dog Food

The biggest benefits of feeding your dog dry food are price and convenience. Open the bag and scoop, no mess. This also makes traveling with a dog much easier. It is also very inexpensive compared to canned food. A 50lb dog will be able to be fed for as low as 13 cents a day.

The major drawbacks of dry food are the reluctance of dogs to eat it when they are ill and the quality of some dry food.

All ingredients of dry food are put in big pressure cookers and turned into a liquid at high temperatures. This means any form of carbohydrate, protein, or fat can be used. That is why this method is perfect for using grain, meat, processed food scraps, whole grains, and vegetables.

After the hot liquid reaches the proper temperature and time it is injected through super-heated extruders. As the liquid exits the extruders the cold air will causes it to “pop” into a variety of shapes depending on the mold of the extruder exit. The dry kibble is then sprayed with vitamins and oil before being bagged to replenish some of the nutrients that was lost in this double heating process.

Dry kibble will not “pop” without sufficient carbohydrates. This is why dry dog food tends to be lower in protein and higher in carbohydrates than canned food.

Although dogs will enjoy eating their dry food when they are healthy, they often refuse to eat it when they are feel unwell. The refusal to eat their food can lower their nutritional status and ability to heal. This downward spiral often leaves your dog very fragile and needing to go to the vet.

Canned Dog Food

The major benefits of wet food are the quality and taste of it. Only rarely will an ill dog refuse to eat wet food. When canned dog food is mixed with dry food, dogs eat more heartily. The larger variety of flavors of wet food allows for more diversity in their diet. Wet food is also generally higher in protein than dry food. With Canned food, ingredients are cooked in the sealed can so nutrients are not lost during the heating process.

A major drawback of canned food is that it is more expensive than dry food. Also lots of owners object to the smell of wet food and dislike storing partially opened cans in their refrigerator. And opening a can can be more complicated than scooping from a bag.

Why Not Feed Both?

Since food is not the main culprit of dental disease, why not spice up your pups diet with a combination of dry and canned food? Using the canned enhances the quality, enthusiasm and flavor for mealtime. Adding the dry food will help reduces the cost of the meals. Everybody wins. Having wet food available can also help maintain your dog’s appetite during illnesses.

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