Dry vs. Wet Canned Food: Which Is a Healthy Option

Posted By: Benzer PetMed | April 21, 2017
dry dog food vs wet food

With a market selling a variety of pet goods, from bark control to an entire wardrobe of NFL dog clothing, your pet would be spoilt for choice. And you don’t have an excuse not to pamper your beloved dog either, regardless of the breed. But if there’s one thing your furry friend must have, pet food it is. But should you feed them dry dog food or wet canned food?

Weigh the pros and cons of each option, dry dog food, and wet canned food.  This will help you find that food option which would work best for your pets. Remember that feeling full and satisfied aren’t the only consideration. The food that they eat must also be nutritious.

Wet Canned Food 


  • Help keep a dog or cat hydrated, especially if they don’t drink the right amount of water.
  • Provide an adequate portion of their meal without the added calories.
  • Has a richer scent and flavor that are practical for pets who have lost some of their olfactory senses.
  • Ideal for dogs with smaller mouths, poorly aligned jaws, and missing teeth.
  • Great alternative for dogs with poor appetite or are ill and cannot smell well.
  • Ensures that right amount of vitamins, minerals, and proteins are delivered.


  • Meals can be a messy affair
  • Attentive dental care is essential for dogs predisposed to dental problems
  • Wet canned food has a lower shelf life, hence, eat it as soon as you open or it can spoil.
  • More expensive, less economical

Dry Dog Food


  • Longer shelf life, without the worries of spoilage when left out in the open
  • A convenient option for pet owners like you. You can buy it in large volumes as well as store it until fully consumed
  • Easy to store, with just the use of a large plastic bin with a lid.
  • Perfect as a dental health supplement, especially those formulated and shaped to clean your pets’ molars as they chew.
  • Effectively used as a training treat.
  • Available in different sizes and types, providing you with several options.


  • Lacks the animal-based proteins necessary for your pet’s development.
  • Lack of moisture can be a bit of a problem for certain types of dogs – those with missing teeth, a misaligned jaw, ill, etc.
  • Not recommended for dogs/cats living in dry, hot climates, and those that are not fond of drinking lots of water.

Based on the information above, you should be able to choose whether to feed your pet with wet canned food or dry pet food.

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