When you’ve got a new pup, you’ll want the best for it – and that includes the most nutritional food possible. So, when you hear that something isn’t going to be good for Rover’s belly, who do you believe? Here we set the record straight on wet dog food.
1. Wet Dog Food is Not Bad for Puppy Teeth
The old ‘plaque’ myth… Some dry food or kibble suppliers have done studies illustrating that dogs who eat dry dog food have less plaque build-up due to them scratching it off with the dry kibble pieces. This has subsequently been disproved by experts who say few dogs chew their kibble well enough to have any impact on their tartar build-up, especially on outer faces (the cheek side) of the teeth.
In fact, those crunchy nuggets of kibble can get stuck in their teeth, and because they’re higher in carbs (which get broken down into sugars), can actually do more damage to your pup’s gnashers!
2. It’s Best to Mix up Brands of Wet Dog Food
Be loyal to one food brand? While doggy companies want your loyalty, it’s best for your pooch to mix it up! Even complete dog food may leave a nutritional deficit for your pup in the long term.
Dogs are only one per cent different from their wolf counterparts. Wolves eat in a very ad-hoc way – without a schedule – eating small amounts some days and much more on others. It’s best to switch-up your brands, making sure your pup is covering all those crucial nutritional bases. Have a look through our comprehensive range of dog foods here.
3. Wet Dog Food is Not All the Same
Just like human food, dog food comes in all sorts of qualities, from top-of-the-range to basic. Whilst both kibble and wet food may satisfy your pup’s needs now, you should be aware that their nutritional requirements change as they age – and from breed to breed too. If in doubt, ask your vet for some advice on food choices.
4. Fillers Are Used
A filler is any lower-quality, less-expensive, usually bulky, starchy ingredient that could have been replaced by a higher quality one.
Whilst it’s true that some pups can have a grain allergy, it is rare. Dogs’ systems do derive nutrition from other sources, so grains and other ‘fillers’ are fine in small quantities if the food contains a good amount of protein and other nutrients.
As mentioned before, do a little research and ask your vet about your pup’s breed’s nutritional needs, so you can work out how to keep its tum happy.
5. Wet Dog Food Can Contain Animal By-Products
The laws on what can be put in dog food are quite strict. Animal by-products are parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered animals. The term does not refer to hooves, hair or horns. Some of these by-products, such as livers and kidneys or ‘offal’ are hearty sources of wholesome nutrients. So, as above, don’t make sweeping judgements – have a good hard look at that label.
There are plenty of different dog foods out there, and it can feel a little overwhelming! But just take your time and have a good hard look at that ingredients list. With a little help from an expert, like your pup’s vet, you can work out what’s best for your cuddly companion.