I know that the dry brand we feed to Georgia also make a wet but I did not know If it was best to stick with dry & use wet as a treat. I know I would hate to eat the same thing over & over again how about you?
Maggie gets some canned food in her Kong (usually frozen). I rotate foods for her. We have found several good brands and when I get close to the end of a bag I start a gradual switch to another kind. Either a different brand or a different protein source in the same brand. some days I reduce the ammount of food a little and add in yogurt, pumpkin, veggies, cottage cheese or chicken for more variety.
personally i'm against wet food unless the dog has a problem chewing it. why, well.
1. wet foods TEND to be alot more fattening then dry (not always but usually)
2. No good for teeth, tar tar builds up alot faster.
the chewing of the dry food/bones etc. help keep their teeth cleaner and healthier, teeth for dogs is very important dogs with teeth issues can get infections which can lead to many complications including sepsis and eventually death (not to sound overly dramatic, just saying)
3.wet is expensive to feed daily, that being said that same amount of money can be used to a great quality dry food that is healthier as a whole.
4. fat dogs=no good healthwise.
anyway just my two cents. If you want to treat i'd just doo as jassy mentioned yogurt, pumpkin veggies etc etc. added to their food, we also like to make his dog food slightly more intresting but processed wet food isn't personally to my liking.
I used to feed dry and canned food to my boxer when he was alive and also to my danes before I switched to RAW. They did fine on it, I did feed it to put weight on. I haven't bought it in years though so I don't know if it changed any or not. I am not against giving it.
I feed Snoopy dry on a regular basis. On a very rare occasion I will buy some canned dog food as a treat. She LOVES it, but I will not make a habit out of it. I think the dry is overall better for their teeth.
I am not keen on canned food. The quality of the food is pretty poor and there is nothing in it that your dog can't get from other foods. There are lots you can do to make their dried food or diet more exciting:
- feed raw meaty bones (like chicken wings, necks, frames, lamb off cuts etc) regularly - even when mine were on dried food they got raw bones almost daily.
- give them a tin of sardines or mackeral either with their kibble or on it's own
- mix some natural yoghurt into their kibble
- add a raw egg into the kibble
All of the above suggestions are not only exciting and yummy for the dog but really good for them health wise! Before I changed to a raw diet I never relied solely on dried food to clean their teeth, raw bones do them a world of good and are the best thing for their teeth.
I would have to agree with others' opinions on canned food.
If you do want to give a wet food, try mixing a little warm water in with the normal dry food to create a gravy. Oreo loves his slops (as someone else on this forum once called them) and never seems to get tired of his food; I feed Blue Buffalo, btw.
Bodie gets all dry kibble. At night if there's extra meat I'll chop it up and throw some in with the kibble. I'll then add a few tablespoons of hot water and mix everything up. But those are the exception and not the norm.
I kinda do the same thing that Connie(Jassy) does except I usually stay with the same brand of kibble but I will top of the kibble with shredded cheese or maybe a few pieces of cheerios mixed with vanilla low-fat yogurt. The Beaglebratz may get a few pieces of raw carrot or apple chunks or they love cottage cheese or cheese.
As for wet or canned food - I tend to agree with Sephaly. Even when giving a pill - I'll wrap it it cheese or put it in a glob of p-nut butter. A friend of mine recently told me that they use to have a little Yorki mix that they gave to her mil - who fed only canned food. The dog ended up with several rotten teeth and had to have them pulled - so many that now the dog HAS to be fed canned food
I have heard more bad than good things about wet food. I have since stopped the canned food and only feed kibble (Blue Buffalo). A pet nutritionist once told me that feeding the dogs wet food every meal would be like us eating at McDonalds for every meal! The dogs don't seem to miss the wet food at all.
It was suggested (by the nutritionist) that the wet food be used as a once-in-awhile treat. She used BB for her dog and put some of the canned food in a Kong and froze it as a treat. I just stay away from it altogether and all of our dogs are in great shape!
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