Is wet or dry food better for dogs?


There are many different pet food options out there for dog owners to choose from but perhaps the most common consideration is whether to feed your pet a wet or dry diet.

When trying to decide what to choose for your dog, you should firstly, find a pet food that gives them excellent nutrition to fulfill their health needs, but it should also be something they find appetising.

Wet food is a great way to give your dog a hydration boost, while dry food is excellent for keeping their dental health in check. As wet and dry dog foods have many differing benefits, another option to consider is to feed a mixture of both, to give your dog a well-rounded diet that targets all kinds of needs.

What’s good about dry food?

Dry dog food is generally what most owners favour as it is usually more convenient, but there are also many health benefits to dry food that do wonders for your dog. A big plus to feeding your dog a dry diet is that it helps their dental health and can help to avoid bad breath. The texture of dry kibble encourages your dog to chew before they swallow, which improves their digestion and also helps to clean their teeth. All Eukanuba™ adult and senior diets use an S-shaped kibble that helps scrape away plaque deposits on your dog’s teeth. Our kibble is also coated in sodium polyphosphates that helps bind calcium in your dog’s saliva to stop tartar formation between meals.


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What’s good about wet food?

Although dry food might be a more popular choice, some owners will choose to feed their dog a wet diet to better please fussy eaters and give their dog an added hydration boost. As wet food has a rich, meaty aroma, picky dogs can be more enticed to eat (and hopefully finish) their meals. In the case of those pets that may not be getting enough water throughout the day, wet food can provide them with an additional dose of hydration because of its high moisture content. To find out more about the many benefits of wet food, head over to our the benefits of wet dog food blog to see if a wet diet better suits your dog.


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Giving your dog the best mix

There is no right or wrong when it comes to feeding your dog. What is important is making sure the pet food you choose provides your dog with the right amount of nutrients to meet their needs. At Eukanuba™, both our super premium dry and wet formulas work as a complete and balanced diet for all dogs at any life stage. As wet and dry diets have various individual benefits, a combination diet can be the solution to both satisfy your dog’s needs and also their taste buds. If you are unsure about what food is best for your dog, speak to your vet or get in contact with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021. 

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The benefits of wet dog food


There are many advantages to feeding your dog a wet food diet and many dogs will generally prefer a wet meal because of its rich, appetising aromas and meaty texture.

Putting your dog’s preference aside, wet food still has many other benefits that ensure your dog is getting the most out of mealtime. 

Adds hydration

There are some dogs that are reluctant to drink enough water each day to stay well hydrated. One of the key benefits of feeding your dog wet food is added hydration, as wet food has a much higher moisture content than dry food. Giving your dog an added dose of hydration is also good if they are prone to developing urinary issues. Some breeds are predisposed to urinary tract issues, therefore wet pet food can help assist these dogs by increasing their overall water intake and promoting urinary tract health.

Tempts picky eaters

Wet dog food is an excellent choice for fussy eaters that need to be tempted at mealtimes. Dogs have a great sense of smell and the rich, meaty aromas that wet food gives off are more likely to entice your picky pooch to eat. Due to its soft texture, wet pet food may also be beneficial for both younger and older pets. It’s easier to chew and swallow for pets with fewer teeth, or those with sensitive gums. In addition, older animals with a deteriorating sense of smell and taste may benefit from wet food in their diet as it may have a richer scent and flavour.

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Good nutrition

High-quality wet foods will use highly digestible meat as their core ingredient. All of our Eukanuba™ diets are complete and balanced and provide a great mix of essential nutrients including proteins, vitamins and important fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6, which support a healthy skin and coat.

Weight Management

Wet food has a higher moisture content compared to dry food. The increased water volume in the food means that it can help pets to feel fuller, helping to promote satiety. This is important for weight management and for those dogs that can be greedy and show begging behaviors. Due to the water content, calories are diluted in the food, so wet food will have a lower caloric density when compared to dry food. This is a great way to assist weight management in dogs prone to obesity.

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Wet food is a great mixer

A wet food diet can be an excellent choice for your dog if you’re noticing your pet is screwing up their nose to dry meals. If you are considering a change to your dog’s diet or transitioning to wet food from dry, remember it’s best to introduce them to new foods gradually. This helps avoid sudden digestive upsets that have the potential to disrupt their health. It will also help introduce them slowly to new textures and smells. Generally, most owners find a combination diet works best for their dog and will mix wet food with dry kibble to give their dog some variety at mealtime. If you’re thinking about this method, have a look at our why it’s a good idea to mix wet and dry dog food blog to find out more or check in with your vet to decide what the best option is for your dog.

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Why it’s a good idea to mix wet and dry dog food


When it comes to choosing what to feed their dog, some owners are unsure of whether dry or wet pet food is best.

Dry food is the most popular option, simply because it’s usually more convenient. However, wet food can work best for owners that find their pets are needing more enticing aromas to appeal to their dog’s senses. As each type of diet has its own range of benefits, a lot of owners find the best method is to give their dog a mix of both wet and dry together. This mixed feeding approach means dogs get to enjoy the combined advantages of both wet and dry dog food. It can also be a great solution for the type of dog that needs coaxing at mealtime but requires a little extra care when it comes to their dental health.

The benefits of dry food

Dry dog food has a long list of benefits for dogs and their owners. Dry kibble is generally a more affordable option and also stores better than wet food once it’s been opened. For dogs, the biggest benefit of dry food is how it influences their oral health. The texture of dry kibble is designed to have a brushing effect on your dog’s teeth when they chew and this can prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Not only does dry food help polish up your dog’s teeth, but because the chewing process helps loosen up the bacteria caught in their teeth, bad breath can also be less of an issue.


The benefits of wet food

Generally, as dry food is cheaper, many dog owners won’t always consider wet food the best option for their pet. But if you’ve tried countless kinds of kibble and are still not seeing your dog finishing their meal, introducing wet food to their diet may resolve this. Due to the meaty smells and smooth texture of wet food, many dogs will be more attracted to this type of meal. This can solve many headaches for owners with fussy dogs. The wet and smooth texture is due to the high moisture content that also serves another great purpose of helping your dog stay hydrated.

The benefits of mixed feeding

Due to the range of benefits that wet and dry diets boast, a mixed feeding approach can be the best way to help your dog get the most out of mealtime. Combining both wet and dry to their diet can give them some variety, where they are exposed to different textures that they will generally be more tempted to try. When you offer a picky dog a meal that is a combination of both, you’ll usually find they’ll be drawn to the aromas of this mixed meal in a way that they perhaps weren’t from an exclusive dry diet. You’ll also find confidence in knowing that by feeding your dog a premium wet or dry food they’ll be receiving complete and balanced nutrition at every meal. If you are unsure about what food will be best for your dog, speak to your vet or get in touch with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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What is the best wet food for small dogs?


The size of a smaller dog generally dictates what they should be getting from their diet and what nutrients are essential to keep them at their healthiest.

This is why adding wet dog food can sometimes be the better option for smaller breeds, as wet formulas can give them the added moisture they need to prevent urinary issues developing and is more appealing to fussy eaters.

How are small dogs different from bigger dogs?

Small dogs not only differ in size, but their small frames mean they need different nutrition from their diets. Smaller dogs require proportionately more energy than larger breeds and need twice as many calories per bite to sustain their energy levels. This is because they have a much higher metabolic rate, and so need a calorie-dense meal to keep them going. Some smaller breeds can also have a tendency to pack on the pounds so be mindful that while it’s still important your dog is getting enough calories to maintain their energy level, a watchful eye should be placed on their eating habits to avoid them gaining excess weight. Small breed dogs tend to also experience more dental issues than larger dogs because of their small jaws with crowded teeth. On top of this, urinary issues are also a small dog problem so a healthy water intake helps promote good urinary health.

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What they need from their diet

Protein is not only important to assist in energy levels, but it’s also needed to help support the hard-working muscles of small dogs, especially in the case of very active dogs and growing puppies. Protein is supplied in higher quality wet foods by using highly digestible meat as their core ingredient. As small dogs are more prone to developing dental problems, feeding them a wet food, like Eukanuba™, that has sodium polyphosphates to help bind calcium in their saliva, can help prevent tartar buildup. To manage and prevent their predisposition to urinary problems, the added moisture content in wet food means that their urine is better diluted. This helps decrease the likelihood of crystals forming and also encourages regular bladder flush outs.

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Why adding in a wet food can be beneficial for small dogs

Nutrients aside, wet food also has many other benefits that can make this diet a favourable option for small dog owners. The smooth texture of wet food allows small dogs that have a hard time chewing bigger kibble to better cope at mealtimes, as their smaller mouths find it easier to grasp and chew. The meaty texture and the fact that wet food gives off an appetising smell can mean small dogs are more likely to be tempted. Small dogs are a lot of dog in a small package and need a diet that best suits their needs. Simply feeding a home cooked diet might not provide the right combination of nutritional support, which is why it's worth looking into a high-quality wet diet that takes into account all their internal needs. Take a look at our range of Eukanuba™ wet food diets that come in many different

Small dogs are a lot of dog in a small package and need a diet that best suits their needs. Simply feeding a home cooked diet might not provide the right combination of nutritional support, which is why it's worth looking into a high-quality wet diet that takes into account all their internal needs. Take a look at our range of Eukanuba™ wet food diets that come in many different flavours to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. If you are unsure about what food is best for your small dog, check in with your vet to discuss the options available or get in contact with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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