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Wet or Dry Pet Food?

family-footerIf you just got a new puppy or kitten, congratulations! Your new furry friend is sure to be a loving companion for years to come. To ensure this is the case, you want to set up your pet’s diet for success from day one.

If you’ve perused the pet food isle at the grocery store lately, you know there are about a jillion different choices. There are different ingredients, recipes, tastes, and promises, not to mention brands and prices. Your friends all have different opinions about what’s best, and every advertisement paints that particular brand as the highest quality.

So how do you choose? To help you narrow down the selection, the first step is to compare wet vs. dry pet food.

Pros of Wet Pet Food

  • Good source of water: Some animals don’t get enough water. Wet pet food helps keep your pet hydrated if he’s reluctant to drink enough water on his own.
  • More tempting: Wet food has a richer scent and flavor, which can help ensure your pet eats at every meal. This is especially important if your animal is a picky eater, becomes ill or starts losing his sense of smell with age.
  • Easier to chew: If your pet has missing teeth, a poorly aligned jaw or a smaller mouth, wet pet food could the preferable option to make chewing and swallowing easier.

Cons of Wet Pet Food

  • Bad for your pet’s teeth: You must be diligent about providing tooth-cleaning toys for your pet and having his teeth professionally cleaned more often if you feed him wet food.
  • Messier: If dry food spills out of the bowl, it’s no big deal. However, if your pet pushes wet food onto the floor, it could become a slimy, slippery mess.
  • Shorter shelf life: Once opened, wet pet food has a relatively short shelf life. You must keep it covered and refrigerated to prevent the food from spoiling.
  • Less economical: Wet food tends to be more expensive than dry food. It’s also available in much smaller quantities than giant bags of dry pet food.

Pros of Dry Pet Food

  • Convenient storage and feeding: If you want your pet to have constant access to food so he can always eat when he’s hungry, dry kibble is the way to go. No refrigeration is necessary, so you can fill your pet’s bowl with extra food without fear of it spoiling. This also allows you to leave your cat with enough food while you travel away from home for a few days.
  • Cost effective: If you have a tight budget or need to buy enough food for multiple pets, dry food is very economical.
  • Dental supplement: Dry food doesn’t promote tooth decay. In fact, some brands are even designed to clean the teeth as the animal chews it.

Cons of Dry Pet Food

  • Less flavorful: Your pet is more likely to lose interest in eating while sick or with age if you offer dry food. It’s less tempting and less desirable than wet food, which could lead to malnutrition if the animal continues to refuse eating.
  • No moisture content: In dry climates where dehydration is more likely, dry food may not be the best option.

Get Advice from a Vet

For help applying these pros and cons of wet and dry pet food to your situation, bring your pet into Germantown Vet Clinic. We can make recommendations for the type of food you should feed your dog or cat based on his age, dental situation and other health needs.

Contact us online or by phone at (240) 252-7467 to schedule an appointment!

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