The benefits of wet dog food
July 20, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.