Taking care of a pet requires a lot of time and effort. It's not as simple as it sounds. You will need to not only allot your time to make sure that you walk them or that they are well-groomed, you also want to make sure that you are giving them the healthiest, most nutritious dog food you can provide.

One of the most common questions that first time dog owners ask is whether they should feed their dogs dry food or wet food. There's no easy answer to this question, as there are a lot of factors to consider.

Also, whether or not you choose to feed your dogs wet food over dry food, both choices have their pros and cons. That being said, check out some of those pros and cons below so you can make your choice.

The Top 3 Pros and Cons to Feeding your Dog Wet Food over Dry Food

1. Wet dog food is easy to digest and perfect for those dogs recovering from an illness

If you have a dog who is just recovering from an illness, it would be better for their health to ingest wet dog food instead of the dry as the former is easier to eat and digest. It's also good for dogs who are getting older and their teeth are no longer able to break down the kibble.

2. They have a long shelf life, but once opened, they must be used up

While kibble also lasts a long time, canned dog food has a long shelf life and can last for years. This is good when you want to buy in bulk when you see a sale because you know that even if a long time passes, you will still be able to feed it to your dogs, provided that the expiry date has not yet passed. But once you open the canned dog food, you will need to have your dog consume it right away.

3. They have more protein than dry food 

You would think that dog kibble would have more protein compound than wet food, but that is not true. Protein is important for a dog's diet that's why you want to make sure that they are getting enough of this nutrient. 

With canned dog food, you are not only getting more moisture which is a good source of hydration for your pets, but the ratio of protein will ensure that they are getting a healthy diet. 

That's why despite the fact that canned dog food is more expensive than its dry counterpart, owners are still willing to shell out the money in order to purchase them.

At the end of the day, it's up to you as the owner to determine which is the best for your dog. The important thing is that you do your research and choose the best kibble or the best canned dog food for your dog. There are so many brands on the market so you will need to research and compare which ones are the best buys.

An Australian Registered Veterinary Surgeon and Practitioner, Bella Medhurst V earned her Bachelor of Animal Science at Adelaide University before going on to study Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne University, from which she graduated in 2017.She has collaborated on honours and PhD projects, and she is working to complete a publication for the Veterinary and Agricultural Faculty of the University of Melbourne.Email: [email protected]

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