Getting a new puppy can be a lot of work as you’ll need to ensure he has the proper pet care. You will need to get him vaccinated, take him for walks and feed him well-balanced pet food. If you are a bit confused about the different types of food on the market, Dogster Magazine is here to help. The writers recently broke down the differences between wet and dry dog food in order to help you figure out which is best for your new addition.
Dry food benefits
Kibble can be a better option for families on the go as the product is both easy to store and easy to measure out. Dry food can also help keep your dog’s teeth and gums in good health as chewing the crunchy kibble helps to keep his teeth strong and his gums hearty, the news outlet reports. Harder pet food also ensures that a dog will have regular, firm stool the majority of the time. This option typically has a lower cost per serving over wet food, so it may be best for families on a budget.
Downsides of dry food
Although there is plenty to be happy about when it comes to kibble, owners need to be cautious about picking certain brands. The Animal Protection Institute has found some dry foods are sprayed with animal fat to help it taste better, though it holds no nutritional value. Other brands have been found to use meat byproducts rather than real meat in their foods or add fillers to try and keep costs low. All can cause problems with your dog’s weight, so when looking at ingredients, try to find a brand that lists real lean meats as the first ingredients followed by vegetables and fruits.
Canned food pros
Canned food, also known as wet food, is another option to consider when you get a new dog. Most canned meals contain more protein as a whole, thus providing added benefits to your pup’s overall health, the publication reports. This option is more moist than kibble, offering the dog better hydration and urinary tract health. Wet food may be especially beneficial if you don’t think your dog is getting enough water. Canned meals tend to taste better to dogs than dry varieties, so you might want to try a brand of it if your pooch doesn’t seem to like the taste of its current kibble.
Cons of wet food
There are many benefits of going the wet food route, but it’s important owners ask the dog’s vet what the recommended serving size is, as pets that eat this type of food tend to gain weight more easily than dogs who eat dry kibble. You’ll also need to be aware of shelf life once the canned food is open – it has to be refrigerated and used within a day or two.