If you go to the pet store, there are usually several isles filled with dog food. It can be overwhelming to decide which one is the best. Dog food can be broken into two different categories, dry and wet. Which ones are best for your dog? Let’s compare the benefits of the both types and discuss what ingredients you need to be looking for in your dog’s food.
Some owners resort to wet food because they assume that it is better than dog food. While there are some benefits to wet dog food, there are just as many negatives. Wet food contains a good amount of water in addition to the fruits and vegetables needed in a dog’s diet. There is a downside to this. Wet food shouldn’t sit in your dog’s bowl for longer than an hour or two because the food can easily grow bacteria on it. Therefore, if your dog likes to eat little bits at a time, wet dog food wouldn’t be a good idea for your dog. Wet food also makes it harder for dog’s to naturally clean their teeth. Because of this, dry food is better for their oral health. Lastly, wet food can actually be quite pricey and you can find just as good or better quality dry foods for a significantly lower price. Basically, unless your dog has health issues that require wet food, you should go for a more healthy and cost effective option.
Like wet food, dry food has benefits and a few negative sides to it. Let’s start with the good. Dry dog food is actually good for your dogs teeth. The food helps dogs get rid of plaque and tartar buildup which helps get rid of bad breath. This can be a benefit for both you and your dog. Nobody wants stinky dog breath licking them when they come home! Another great benefit would be that dog food can be left in the dogs bowl for long periods of time. Perfect if your dog likes to snack throughout the day, and even when you know you won’t be home before dinner time. With this being said, how can food be left out for that long? Well, most dry foods are filled with preservatives to prevent the food from growing bacteria and to have a longer shelf life. These chemicals can cause health problems for your dog and should be avoided.
Air-Dried Dog Food
There is another type of dry food that you may have heard of, air-dried dog food. This type of dog food is preserved in a way that is healthier than traditional dry food. Air-dried food is cooked at a low temperature for a long time, that way the food dries (preserves) and gets rid of any bacteria that may be in the food. Air-dried food is usually made with wholesome ingredients, or ingredients that are nutritional valuable and of good quality. Some of these ingredients are: USDA meat, quinoa, broccoli, carrots, beets, and more! Sounds like something even a human can eat! Overall, an air-dried all natural dog food ideally would be the best food for dogs because it doesn’t contain preservatives, chemicals, dyes, or any other unnatural ingredients.
Choosing a dog food that’s right for your dog depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for the best quality and health benefits, air-dried is a great choice! If your dog has swallowing or chewing issues, wet food would obviously be easier for your dog to eat. If you are on a strict budget, you should get the best quality dry food that you can afford, so your dog can be happy and healthy for a long time!