The dry vs. wet food debate

Discussion in 'Dog Food and Recipes' started by Sada, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Sada

    Sada Setterz are Betterz!!

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3 Dogs
    Location:
    Iowa
    Home Page:
    Does anyone have a link where it is proven that there are no extra health benefits over feeding one or the other? My BIL thinks that there are extra health benefits feeding dry rather then wet. Especially when it come to teeth.

    I feed dry because I like the convenience of it, not because of its supposed ability to clean teeth.

    By the way I have nothing against wet either. I usually feed it to Jack when we go on a trip because that is the only thing he'll eat when he isn't home.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. SisMorphine

    SisMorphine Your Mom

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    2,993
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I have no link for you, and though the action of chewing on something hard CAN help to take tartar off of teeth, in many cases the ingredients in the food, wet or dry, are likely to stay on the teeth. Stay away from foods high in sugar and corn and you're on the right track, again with dry or canned.
     
  3. vanillasugar

    vanillasugar just call me Nilly

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2005
    Messages:
    6,829
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Peterborough, Ontario
    I have LOTS of information for cats (where feeding canned food IS better), but none for dogs...
     
  4. Criosphynx

    Criosphynx New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2008
    Messages:
    2,242
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    from what i understand feeding dry makes the dog have to drink much more water in order to digest the food...

    Dry food takes longer to digest vs. moistened dry food supposedly.

    I don't have any links, just the hearsay ;)
     
  5. Buddy'sParents

    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2005
    Messages:
    25,376
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I don't have any links either, but from conversations here and at another forum, wet food is supposed to be the better choice- but really, who can afford to feed wet food exclusively. :yikes:
     
  6. Zhucca

    Zhucca Lab Love

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,177
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    Alberta, Canada.
    Wet food is the best option next to raw for cats.

    Dogs don't need wet food, but its a good treat. Dry also does *not* clean teeth at all, that would be like saying eating cereal cleans *our* teeth. Lol. If you feed good quality kibble (meaning, no brands that can be found in a grocery store or walmart.) then wet food isn't necessary. Not worth 2-3 dollars a can when it's unnecessary imho.
     
  7. mom2dogs

    mom2dogs New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,234
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    No links also, sorry.

    For extra moisture, I will always ad canned and water to my dog's kibble, though... unfortunately I cannot afford to feed canned exclusively.
     
  8. lucille

    lucille New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    With a high quality food, you are actually saving money. With wet foods you are paying a premium for water and the food is not necessarily of any higher quality.
     
  9. Punkygirl0101

    Punkygirl0101 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2005
    Messages:
    4,107
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    10 Dogs,23 cats,8 Rats, 1 Rabbit,1 Guinea pig,2 Tu
    Location:
    California
    The only dog I have to feed wet food for currently is Lucy. And I buy her Innova wet at $1.75 a can, and one can lasts her about 3-4 meals. She won't touch dry food, she will ONLY eat wet. And I have started giving her raw on occasions, and I am reading more about it.

    Harry will soon be getting wet as he is starting to have trouble chewing the kibble (Hes 12 1/2 years old) and I will be buying Kirkland Signature wet food (Which is 14$ for 24 cans..So not TOO bad). He will probably get one can a day (In two separate meals).

    As for the cats, they have dry available all day, but are fed wet once a day. And I have had no issues with UTIs, or hairballs for that matter.
     
  10. Maxy24

    Maxy24 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    8,070
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Cats, Dog, Leopard Gecko, Gerbils, Fish, African C
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    For dogs I don't really think there is a better one. Cats have a low thirst drive, after exercising a cat they usually don't go and drink a while bunch of water like a dog would. They just don't drink enough because they are designed to get most of their moisture from food.
     
  11. mom2dogs

    mom2dogs New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,234
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Call it buying water if you wish - at least it's easy to mix in and I know she will eat it all instead of having the kibble swim in water. Leaving all other benefits aside, canned is much more natural to a dog VS kibble. I will continue to add canned/water for convenience and to give me peace of mind, instead of worrying if my dog is drinking enough to compensate.
     
  12. lucille

    lucille New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Peace of mind is important. And as a consumer you have the right to spend and make choices, no argument here from me.

    I do it different but it works for me, and for my dogs. If at some point that should change I may make the same choices you are making now.
     
  13. Sada

    Sada Setterz are Betterz!!

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3 Dogs
    Location:
    Iowa
    Home Page:
    Thanks for all of your answers guys!!
     

Share This Page