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

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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.

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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.