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When it comes to understanding what dog food is best for your pet, it’s important to consider all of your choices – including wet dog food vs. dry dog food. To help you better understand these options, here are some facts to consider about each.

Wet Dog Food

Wet dog food is available in a variety of tastes and textures. A good example of the variety available in wet food is the array of choices offered by the Purina® Pro Plan® brand, including:

  • Pro Plan® SAVOR® Entrees
  • Pro Plan® Savory Meals
  • Pro Plan® NATURAL Grain Free Entrees Plus Essential Vitamins and Minerals
  • Pro Plan® FOCUS Entrees
  • Pro Plan® BRIGHT MIND® Adult 7+ Turkey & Brown Rice Entrees
  • Pro Plan® BRIGHT MIND® Adult 7+ Entrees

For older dogs who might have trouble chewing crunchy, dry dog food, wet food can offer  an easy-to-chew way to provide the nutrition they need. Wet food can be a good option for dogs with missing teeth, issues with jaw alignment or smaller mouths to more easily take in needed nutrition. Older dogs that have lost some of their sense of smell or dogs that are ill and have decreased appetite can also be attracted to the rich scent and flavor of wet food.

If your dog doesn’t drink as much water as he should (which can be an issue for some pets), wet food can contribute to overall water intake since it consists of 65% or more moisture (vs. dry food that is less than 20% moisture).

While wet food offers many positives, it does come with some potential drawbacks. Serving wet dog food usually involves more effort (and potentially more mess) than serving dry food. Once a can or container of wet food is opened, any food not served must be refrigerated to prevent it from spoiling.

Finally, the cost per serving of a high-quality wet food is usually higher than dry food. Since it is usually purchased in smaller quantities, it also must be purchased more often than dry food.

Dry Dog Food

When it comes to serving and storing, it’s hard to beat the convenience of dry dog food. It pours easily, and can be left in your dog’s food dish for hours without spoiling – a real benefit for dogs that like to eat small portions of food throughout the day. Because it requires no refrigeration, it’s also easier to store than wet food. An air-tight container can help keep dry food fresh.

Besides providing nutrients, the crunchy kibble in dry dog food can help clean your dog’s teeth as he chews. Dry dog food can also be used as healthy training treat as long as it doesn’t up more than 10% of your dog’s total daily caloric intake.

Dry dog foods don’t provide the added moisture wet foods do, so you will notice your dog drinks more water from his water bowl. Dry dog food offer a variety of ingredients, flavors, and textures. For example, Purina® Pro Plan® offers over 30 formulas to help meet the nutritional needs of dogs.

Pro Plan® also offers specialized formulas that are available in both wet and dry forms, including:

  • Weight Management formulas
  • Grain Free formulas
  • Puppy formulas
  • Large Breed formulas
  • Sensitive Skin & Stomach formulas
  • Formulas for Dogs Age 7+

To help your dog live an exceptional life, you can feed either wet food, dry food or a combination of the two. As with any changes to your dog’s diet, be sure to monitor your dog’s weight and body condition, and adjust food amounts accordingly.