Nutrition is paramount to any dog parent, which means choosing the right dog food is an overwhelming task. In addition to choosing which brand suits your dog, you have to choose between dry kibble and wet gravy. Dog parents tend to pick dry food for price, convenience, and cleanliness (if you have a messy pup). However, over the years, many are beginning to favour wet food diets for their health benefits. Although both dry and wet foods are equally nutritious (in adulthood), there are seven benefits that set wet food diets apart. Read along to be convinced that wet food is right for your four-legged best friend.
Does the tantalizing smell of chicken or apple gravy tickle your taste buds? Imagine what it might do to your dog then. Since wet foods retain most of their flavours, they tend to be incredibly appetising and palatable. In fact, when a dog is sick, veterinarians ask dog parents to switch to a wet food diet of the same brand. One of the primary reasons dogs prefer wet food to dry is because it resembles fresh meat in smell and sight. That said, wet foods are an absolute go-to for picky eaters who graze through their food.
Much Healthier for Puppies and Senior Dogs
During puppyhood, dogs need more protein to grow well - most wet puppy foods have a higher proportion of protein than dry puppy food. Moreover, wet foods are often used to transition puppies to a kibble diet because of their close resemblance in texture to mother's milk. For a fussy puppy or one that is adjusting to his or her new forever home, wet food diets act as comfort food because of their appeasing taste and palatability.
As a dog ages, it begins to lose its sense of smell and taste. They start to become picky eaters and refuse to eat foods they used to gorge on in adulthood. Wet foods, because of their strong smell and palatable taste, help senior dogs to continue being healthy eaters. Moreover, wet food diets are less processed than kibble diets - the nutrients are more bioavailable. This is especially important for young puppies who need the maximum amount of nutrients to grow and for older dogs who need the maximum amount of nutrients to age gracefully.
Wet food keeps well longer than dry food when stored in the refrigerator. Since they come in cans, they don't need preservatives to maintain freshness. However, once the seal is broken, the food must be consumed within 24 to 48 hours. On the days when your dog refuses to eat his regular food, you can choose to feed him a delicious wet food meal right from the storeroom.
In most parts of India, summers are hot - unbearably hot. Now imagine withstanding this heat with a double layer of plush fur - that's how our dogs feel. Although we cannot control the weather outside, we can help to prevent the most adverse effects of the scorching summer heat - dehydration. Dehydration in dogs leads to heat strokes, an extremely dangerous life-threatening problem in dogs that leads to discomforts like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, uncoordinated movements, and in some instances, even seizures. A well-balanced wet food diet prevents what veterinarians call 'heat stress'. Wet food diets are high in moisture - they help to keep a dog's body cool on the inside and increase the body's water content. For dogs who do not drink sufficient water even when the sun is out, a wet food diet is very helpful. Hydration through water or wet food ensures healthy kidney function and supports urinary tract health. However, remember that this hydration can be achieved only through water or a wet food diet and not through home-cooked meals. Why? Because in summer, most Indian households feed their dogs' curd or buttermilk - this has a water content of around 50%, whereas wet food diets have a water content of 80%. Besides, it lacks in adequately-required minerals, vitamins, and energy your dog needs and is best given as a supplement or snack.
Apple gravy? Chicken gravy? Mutton liver stew? Your dog will never get bored of his food. With various wet food diets to choose from, you can switch up daily diets once in a while. Even better - you can easily combine wet and dry dog food or simply top a meal with wet food. Wet food diets come in an array of flavours and textures that take away the boredom of eating the same food every day of every month of every year.
Maintains Healthy Weight
Wondering how wet food maintains a healthy weight? It is in the core of the can - fewer carbohydrates, more protein, and higher water content. This automatically leads to a lesser calorie intake and a higher feeling of satiety. Wet food diets are, therefore, an excellent way to help with weight loss.
Easy to Chew (Puppies and Senior Dogs)
A good quality wet food diet offers your dog nutritional support and maintains good health as much as dry food. Wet food diets are particularly recommended for older dogs who have trouble chewing due to weak jaws, tooth decay, or other oral health issues. On the other hand, Puppies find it easier to chew on wet food chunks than dry kibble. You may think that since puppies chew on the hardest of surfaces, a kibble diet isn't much of a problem, right? But, a wet food diet is easier to digest once it passes the chewing stage in the mouth. Besides, a wet food diet offers higher satiety with lesser calories for those puppies who always hungry!
In this debate of wet versus dry, remember always to consider three things - your dog's preferred taste, the ingredients label, and your veterinarian's recommendation. Once all three are in place, you and your dog can enjoy a house full of flavourful wet food aromas!