Dry, semi soft and Canned Dog Food What is the difference?
The main nutritional difference between dry food and canned food is water content. Some canned foods are up to 70% water, Semi-moist foods have about 33% water, and dry food is usually only about 10%. There are a few other pros and cons also.
Standard dry dog food facts:
· Made from vegetable protein, cereals, bone meal and meat meals.
· Best option for tooth and gums care of all dogs.
· Often way less inexpensive than canned foods.
· Keep in mind some premium dog foods will have much higher quality ingredients.
Semi soft or moist dog Foods:
• Contain much higher protein content than most canned food.
• Composed mostly from meat by products and vegetable protein.
• Best used as treat or given occasionally with dry foods being the main staple.
• More expensive than dry foods, be sure it meets your dog’s nutritional needs.
• Not good for dental care of dogs
Canned Dog Foods:
• Composed of meats and meat by products, with vegetables and grains also.
• Dogs typically prefer it over dry foods.
• Will not aid in the removal of plaque and tartar from teeth and gums, leading to more frequent dental care.
• could cause diarrhea, best if you supplement with dry food or biscuits.
• Much more expensive when compared to semi soft or dog dry foods.
It is best to ensure you feed your dog a quality diet designed to meet the nutritional needs of your dog designed for his/her age. My dog is fed Diamond rice and lamb formula she also gets some soft dog food on occasion as a treat. Try to avoid feeding to many table scraps, this decreases their appetites for dog food which is their main source of nutrition and proteins.
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