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July 31, 2020

Dry or Wet Food? What's Better for Your Dog?

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If you are what you eat, the same is true for your dog. We all know that the food we eat contributes to our health in the following ways:

  • Energy level

  • Skin clarity

  • Digestive efficiency

  • Aches and pains management

  • Organ function

  • Aging rate

The same is true for our pets, and many of us struggle with choosing between wet and dry food to achieve optimum health for our pups. To make the decision easier, here is a breakdown for how they stack up.


When shopping for your dog's food, you will notice that there is a price difference between wet and dry food. Wet food , packaged as individual servings, tends to be higher priced than dry food , usually purchased in bulk.


Wet food does not require the preservation measures of dry food. Therefore, its shelf-life is significantly shorter than that of dry food. As long as uneaten wet food is refrigerated quickly after opening, your dog can still enjoy it within two days. Dry food lasts much longer and is not as prone to wastage. However, you might find that your pup is allergic to the preservative ingredients of dry food.

Water Content

Everyone, including dogs, can survive longer without food than water. Water is vital to keeping our internal systems and skin in the best shape possible. If you are concerned about your pet's water intake, then water-packed wet food is the clear winner.


  • Protein: Anything you feed your pet should include adequate protein, which is as vital to its proper body function as it is to ours. Wet food has significantly more protein than dry food per serving.

  • Carbohydrates: Wet food has fewer filler ingredients than dry food. Corn, wheat, soy or rice are prominent binding ingredients listed on many dry kibble labels. Many dogs are allergic to these ingredients that often do little more than supply empty calories when found in higher percentages than protein.

  • Meat by-products: Protein is an essential ingredient for any food your dog consumes, and meat is the best source for protein. Still, you must be careful not to offer a diet consisting of meat by-products. These usually include pig snouts, hooves, or other parts generally discarded for lack of nutrients. Dry food is more likely than wet food to contain meat by-products

  • Fat: Fat is an essential part of any dog's diet, especially that of growing puppies. Good fats, including those from Omega-3's, found in fish or flaxseed oil, are essential for a healthy cardiovascular and immune systems and coat and skin. Both wet and dry foods contain quality fats. However, beware of dry foods sprayed with unhealthy fatty oils that act as preservatives or flavor enhancers. These come from harmful sources like deep-fryer leftovers, or they contain an excessively high amount of Omega-6 that, when not carefully balanced with Omega-3, can cause health problems.

  • Carbohydrates: Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of carbohydrates for your dog as long as you know the harmful exceptions, like grapes. It is crucial to select a wet or dry food that does not contain unnecessary carbohydrates like corn, soy and wheat. These are usually cheap filler ingredients that are nutritionally useless and frequently cause allergic reactions .


It's no secret that a dog's nose is its most crucial asset for navigating the world. For a picky eater, a nose that likes what it smells will encourage more food intake. Wet food is significantly more aromatic than dry food, making it more enticing than dry food for your pet to eat. Although a lack of appetite is usually not a problem for most dogs, wet food can provide the perfect solution for finicky, unwell dogs by ensuring that inadequate nutrition does not further compromise their health.

Dental Health

Naturally, hard or tough food requires more chewing than soft food. For this reason, teething puppies and older dogs with missing teeth may prefer wet food that is easier on their teeth and gums by requiring less chewing than dry food. For dogs that don't have difficulty chewing, dry food can better clean their teeth than wet food. Kibble can gently scrape teeth and gums during chewing, helping to prevent plaque formation and bacteria that can develop quickly in dogs' mouths. Dry foods formulated with ingredients like Sodium tripolyphosphate, safely promote dental health.


Dry food is more nutrient-dense than wet food. A dog can consume less dry food than wet food to satisfy its protein and nutrient requirements. If you have a large dog with a substantial appetite, dry food is significantly easier on your wallet than wet food.


Some pet owners prefer the convenience of dry food over wet food. Wet food requires the opening of individual packages with every feeding. It is necessary to thoroughly wash a dog's food bowl after eating to avoid the growth of harmful bacteria. Wet food can be messy, causing stains if it spills. It can become caught in dogs' whiskers, causing an unpleasant odor. Uneaten dry food can remain in a dog's bowl without concern for spoilage. It does not require refrigeration if uneaten, and spills are easy to clean up.

Both wet and dry dog foods have advantages and disadvantages. The one you choose is a matter of personal preference, and you may find that a combination of both is what works best for your dog. Just be sure that the option you choose contains the healthiest ingredients.


KATHRYN on August 5 at 12:49 AM said:

I feed my Yorkie Honest Kitchen raw diet which comes in dry form and I add warm water to it. She is doing very well on this food. I also give her treats of various sorts during the day.

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