Dry Dog Food vs. Wet Dog Food
What benefits could dry dog food have over wet food and why would you want to feed your pet kibble?
There are numerous benefits to choosing dry dog food; not only is it better value for money; it stores better, it doesn't smell and it is better for your dog’s teeth & gums. Dry dog food also helps to ensure firmer stools and better digestion. The majority of dog owners now prefer dry dog food for these reasons - for example if you are buying canned wet food, 60-90% of what you are buying is actually moisture (water). Due to this you will quite often find that you need to feed them twice as much food as you would if you bought dry dog food. Grain gluten and other protein gels may be used in wet food to create artificial meaty chunks, which look like real meat. Although dry dog food can be left out for long periods of time, pet owners typically portion control and feed their dog’s fresh food twice a day, as they would with wet food.
Dry dog food comes in many different colours, shapes and sizes, and is available for puppies, young dogs, adult dogs and seniors. Due to its nutritional properties dry dog food is becoming increasingly popular and veterinarians generally recommend it. Studies have shown that frequent changes in your dog's diet can cause digestive problems, so once you find a dry dog food that your pet is doing well on and enjoys, stick with it.
As mentioned earlier, dry dog food is less expensive than canned food and does not contain excessive moisture; therefore it can be left in open containers for self-feeding without fear of spoilage. Most dry dog food has a crunchy texture that is satisfying for dogs´ chewing behaviour and can promote improved oral health by removing the build-up of plaque.
Dry dog food contains 6-10% moisture by volume.
Canned food contains 60-90% moisture.
Semi-moist foods have a moisture content of 25-35%.
The dental health of a dog should be a high priority for every dog owner, and the type of dry dog food that their pets eat is a huge part of their overall wellness. Often, new dog owners are overwhelmed by the vast selection of different dog foods and setting about finding the one that is right for their dog's teeth can be a bit of a challenge, especially when on a budget.
For dental hygiene, the best type of dog food is dry dog food, because it will help scrape plaque off your dog's teeth and is much cheaper on a per meal basis than wet food. Many dogs suffer from bad dental health, as bits of food can become stuck in their teeth, which can lead to plaque build-up and cavities. Wet food - as it is mushy and semisolid - can easily stick in a dog's mouth and can require daily brushing by the owner to remove it. Alternatively, if the animal eats dry dog food, the kibble will break apart and remove plaque build-up and stuck food from a dog's teeth.
The actual protein content of dry dog food varies greatly among different brands. Protein makes up only part of the dry dog food, with the remainder being fibre and filler. The amount and quality of fillers used to increase food volume makes a difference in both nutrition and cost of the food. Some common filler materials used in dry dog food are: corn, peanut hulls, weeds, straw, feathers, and corncobs. These fillers have no nutritional value and can promote allergic reactions in sensitive animals. Wuffitmix uses higher quality products such as wheat and rice - based filler and high-quality fibre sources such as beet pulp. Fibre is required to promote proper stool formation.
Also featured in the Wuffitmix dry dog food range are two 'super premium' products – Headstart for puppies and Supreme Condition for older or overweight dogs. Both these dry dog food products are hypoallergenic and formulated without wheat or gluten. These diets are, therefore, suited to dogs with allergies as the more common allergens are believed to be ingredients such as wheat, wheat gluten, dairy products, egg and soya.
Oils also form an essential part of a dog’s diet and oils containing Omega 6 and 3 can help to boost your dogs' health and skin quality. All of the Wuffitmix dry dog food range contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are incorporated to improve a dull, dry coat as well as playing an important role in skin health, joint health and the function of other organs. To find out more about the ingredients and their functions included in the dry dog food we sell at Wuffitmix, please visit our frequently asked questions page (FAQ).
To see an increase in your pet's energy level, choose dry dog foods that are high in proteins and carbohydrates. This is extremely important if you own a working dog that burns many calories each day – Wuffitmix Chicken & Rice or Silver Flake dry dog food would be the ideal choice. Older, less active dogs will not need as high of a calorie diet as those that are younger and more vibrant – try Wuffitmix Supreme Condition.
If you have any further questions regarding dry dog food or any of the Wuffitmix products, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.