Wet Food vs. Dry Food: Which Is Actually Best for Dogs?

Wet Food vs. Dry Food: Which Is Actually Best for Dogs?


1. The Dry Food Pros
2. The Dry Food Cons
3. The Wet Food Pros
4. The Wet Food Cons

Wet Food vs. Dry Food

Life would be much easier if our pets could simply tell us what and when they want to eat. Do they like the beef or the tuna more? Neither? Maybe they like the tuna. Heck, maybe what they’re really craving is more of a snack-like dry kibble. Besides, many people use dry pet food as rewards for good behavior when training a dog, so it’s natural for them to associate dry food as a treat that makes them happy.

On top of having to guess your pet’s preferences between things like dry and wet dog food, there are also nutritional and health considerations to make, economic choices, and even storage differences that will ultimately determine which type of food you’re going to feed your dog.

In the end, there’s no decisive winner in the debate, as the best choice is dependent on your dog’s individual needs. So with that said, weigh out some pros and cons for each to make your own decision.

The Dry Food Pros

Dry food is most likely going to be the most convenient choice for you, the owner. It’s more affordable, can be sealed up and stored easily in a container, has a longer shelf life, and can even be left out in a bowl for your dog to eat as it pleases. It’s an easy way to ration out how much your dog may eat in a day without any going to waste as well, rounding out the economic advantages of dry food. On top of all that, dry food can double as a treat for your dog when in training, and another favorite bonus point to it all is that dry food is far less messy than wet food.

The Dry Food Cons

If you are raising a young, growing, dog, then it’s important to keep in mind that dry foods tend to have lower levels of animal-based proteins which are going to be helpful in their growth. And on the opposite spectrum, older dogs often find dry foods less appetizing as their sense of taste and smell are starting to fade.

The Wet Food Pros

Wet food has a richer scent and flavor than its dry counterparts, making it much more preferable in the appetizing department. That’s not to say your dog will always like the taste of wet food more but it is certainly worth considering for older dogs, as mentioned. It also tends to have higher protein as well as fewer carbs than dry food, making it slightly more nutritious in that sense. And this one may seem obvious, but since it is wet food, this is, of course, a considerable option if your dog has a hard time staying hydrated. Finally, if your dog has missing teeth or even a poorly aligned jaw, the wet food will be much easier for them to eat.

The Wet Food Cons

Wet food has a very specific shelf life. In fact, from the moment you open a can of dog food, it’s storage and shelf life is all but over. If your dog doesn’t eat it all when you’ve served them, odds are it’s going to start spoiling very quick. Plus, it sure can get messy. And nobody likes that.

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Gloria Erickson - January 18, 2019

People should feed their dogs real human grade food !! Not over processed by-products. There are a lot of good products available and people will save on vet bills and have a happy healthy dog . I wish you would of mentioned the other healthier options.

Linda Bowen - January 18, 2019

Wrong and wrong on the dry and wet dog food. I would never feed my dogs either trash. I feed raw, biologically appropriate food with vegetables and fruit. This is what dogs are supposed to eat. People want to feed fast and easy and not be bothered with their dogs. I want to do whats best for my dogs and I feel that it’s my responsibility to educate myself and make time for them. They are never sick. Their teeth and coats are beautiful. And most of all, they are healthy and happy. They are everything to me.

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