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Is Wet Dog Food Good for Dogs?

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Have you ever heard the saying, “Show me what you eat, and I’ll show you what you are?” Well, this saying applies to our dogs. Their diets are the foundation for their health, wellbeing, and even personalities. This may be why you’re wondering, “Is wet dog food good for dogs?” 


Like kibble and raw dog food, wet dog food has its pros and cons. And deciding if it’s the right choice for your dog depends on your dog’s specific dietary needs. Furthermore, the quality of a specific recipe of canned dog food makes a major difference. 


What’s the Difference Between Dry Food & Canned Food?


When it comes to wet versus dry food, it can seem like comparing apples and oranges. Both can provide your dog with high quality nutrition, depending on the ingredients. Dry food and wet food can also both contain synthetic ingredients you may not want to feed your dog. 


The primary difference between wet and dry dog food is that wet food has a high moisture content. Dry food has a very low moisture content, in order to make it stay fresh longer and easier to package. This is why most wet food comes in cans--to keep it fresh.


The moisture content of wet dog food is between 60% and 80%.

As for dry food, its moisture content is between 3% and 12% [1].


Its high moisture content gives wet food a much shorter shelf life than dry food after opening. Because canned food has more water, it is less calorie dense than dry food. This means you have to feed your dog more wet food to reach the same calorie count [2].

Is Canned Food Bad For Dogs?

Canned dog food is safe and nutritious for dogs, as long as it’s handled properly [3]. What exactly does this mean?

What Precautions Should You Take with Wet Dog Foods?

One of the biggest benefits of dry dog food is its long shelf life and easy storage. As for canned food, it’s not difficult to store, but if precautions aren’t taken, wet food can attract and grow bacteria. Here’s what you need to know to prevent wet dog food contamination:

  • Keep it covered and refrigerated after the can has been opened.
  • Wash your dog’s dish after meals.
  • Never leave wet food in your dog’s bowl for more than two hours.
  • Discard unused wet dog food if it has not been used within two to three days [4].

Should I Feed My Dog Wet Food?

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When it comes to your dog’s food, you always want to read the ingredient list to be sure its ingredients reflect the quality and nutrition your dog deserves. When choosing between a premium wet food and premium dry food, there are some qualities to wet food that may make it a better choice for your dog.

Wet dog food can be a great choice for:

  • Older dogs with dental pain since it’s softer.
  • Dogs with low appetites since it has a stronger scent and is often more palatable
  • Dogs that don’t tend to drink enough water throughout the day
  • Overweight dogs on diets because wet food helps them feel fuller with fewer calories.

What is a Good Wet Dog Food for Older Dogs?

As your dog ages, their metabolism slows down. They also develop some dental issues, which can make the soft texture of canned food a major benefit. However, comparing brands and recipes can be difficult and confusing. When selecting a wet dog food for senior dogs, look for:

  • Real meat protein as the top ingredient.
  • No artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives. Instead, opt for natural ingredients.
  • Variety packs: Older dogs’ taste buds tend to lose their sensitivity, so switching their flavour every few days can keep them engaged.
  • A formula designed for “senior” dogs.
  • High fibre helps regulate your dog’s digestive tract.
  • Simple fatty acids help keep older dog’s hearts healthy

Can Senior Dogs Eat Dry Food?

Absolutely. Many senior dog owners mix wet and dry food in order to receive the benefits of both. Others soak their senior dog’s kibble to soften it up, making it easier to eat.

What is a Good Wet Dog Food for Puppies?

Just like senior dogs have specific dietary needs, puppies do, too. You always want to choose a dog food, whether it’s wet or dry, that will provide your puppy with appropriate nutrition for their growing body. Once your puppy reaches 80% of their adult size, they can transition to adult dog food [5]. For most dogs, this is around the 9-month mark. However, giant breeds can sometimes take up to 2 years to reach full size.  

Many dry dog foods have clearer labelling for puppies in accordance with their breed size. This is important because large and giant breeds can develop joint issues like hip dysplasia should they grow too quickly [6]. 

So, when selecting a wet food for your puppy, you always want to consult your vet. But here are some general guidelines that can help:

  • Look for foods with real meat as the top ingredient.
  • Select a food free of unhealthy artificial ingredients.
  • Compare serving sizes. Nutrient-dense foods will require smaller portions.
  • Choose a food with 1% to 1.5% calcium [7].
  • Your puppy’s food should contain some grain [8]. 

Is Wet Dog Food The Right Choice for Your Dog?


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The best way to decide on the right dog food for your best friend is by comparing ingredients and chatting with your vet. If your dog struggles with dental issues, you may want to switch them to a canned dog food diet, a wet/dry food mix, or softened dry dog food. 

Some dog owners find a biologically balanced raw dog food diet provides their dog with more energy, a shiny coat, and improved brain function.

Looking for high-quality dry dog food or raw food that fulfils your dog’s nutritional needs? Petzyo makes the premium dog food in Australia