Picking out dog food can be a fairly complicated venture. With so many different benefits and flavors, it can be hard to decide which type of dog food is right for your pup. Then there’s the whole conversation of dry dog food vs. wet dog food, and the balance between the two. Here’s everything you need to know about wet and dry dog food next time you’re shopping for a delicious meal for your pup.

Wet dog food: Advantages and Disadvantages

Dogs, especially puppies can be rather picky eaters. Because of wet dog food consistency and smell, wet dog food is more palatable for dogs. It’s also less processed, which means that it more closely resembles proteins in their natural state. Wet dog food contains more water, making it more hydrating than kibble.¹ This is extremely helpful for dogs prone to dehydration or those that just don’t drink enough water. Wet dog foods are usually better for dogs with any food sensitivities, especially vegetarian wet dog food formulas.

There are some possible downsides to wet dog food though. Even though it has a longer shelf life unopened, if left out, wet dog food can spoil quite quickly. So refrigerate any leftovers immediately. Wet dog food can also be incredibly messy, especially if you have a messy eater.

Dry dog food benefits:

Dry dog food seems to be the more popular option for most dog food owners because of its lower price tag and convenience. Kibble is easier to travel and store, also doesn’t go bad when left out as opposed to wet dog food. So you can bring it anywhere, leave it anywhere, and even leave it out for your pup to return to. The hard texture also helps maintain healthy dental hygiene for dogs, while also being much less messy. Packed full of carbs and protein, kibble is also more energy dense than wet dog food.

Though cheaper, some lower quality dry dog foods can contain more preservatives and artificial flavors. That’s why AvoDerm Natural® Dry Dog Food prides itself on using only the highest quality ingredients, leaving out preservatives, artificial flavors, and unnecessary fillers. Kibble can also be incredibly difficult for younger puppies to eat because of it’s hard texture¹, so it’s not favorable for small and young dogs.

Final verdict on wet vs. dry dog food:

Both wet dog food and dry dog food are both great choices for your pup. The choice between the two is mostly a matter of diet or taste preference. You should always check with a vet before changing up your dog’s diet immediately, especially if they have any sensitivities. Also, if you have a new puppy, it’s important to consult with a vet about what they need in their food to support growth and maintain health.

If you’re looking for a nutritious and new favorite meal for your pup, try a delicious AvoDerm Natural® dog food formula. All of our recipes include omega-rich avocados and avocado oils to ensure your dog has the most best meal possible without any needless additives, preservatives, or ingredients.