As a dog owner, you are faced with a difficult decision. What is the best food for your dog?
There are many types of food for dogs, and not everything is the same in terms of how much it can benefit your dog. It goes without saying that the cheaper feed you buy, the less quality and the fewer benefits you can expect. It may be tempting to choose the cheapest option, but in the end, you are doing yourself and your dog a disservice.
When choosing food , it is often presented as a choice between dry food and wet food for dogs. But it is not the consistency or shape of the feed that matters most – it is the content itself. Your dog can eat most of the food, but that does not necessarily mean that it is the healthiest.
Dogs need important nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Good food therefore gives your dog what it needs. The dog food must contain the right ingredients, which are of high quality and composed in the right way. The feed must be prepared in a way that preserves the nutrients – it should therefore not be too processed (processed). In addition, the feed must have lots of taste and aroma.
Dry food or wet food for dogs?
As the names suggest, wet food has a soft consistency, while dry food has a hard one. Wet feed has a high water content of approximately 65-80%, and dry feed has a water content of max. 11%. Dry food is highly processed and is available as pills that are far from the dog’s natural diet – both in shape and taste. It has a low uptake (only 50%) and then it smells neither good for humans nor dogs.
On the other hand, dry food can last longer and is often cheaper than wet food. These practical benefits mean that some dog owners prefer dry food. But if dogs could choose for themselves, many of them would choose wet food instead. Dogs do not think about economy or durability. For them, it is about the food having lots of flavor and aroma, and that they get the benefit of eating it. At those points, wet food scores more points than dry food.
What are the benefits of wet food?
It tastes and smells better
One of the biggest benefits of choosing wet food is that it has more flavor and aroma than dry food. Your dog will therefore have a better taste and smell experience. This can make eating time exciting again for discerning dogs or dogs who have lost their appetite.
It is easier to digest than dry food
Thanks to the soft consistency and the high water content, wet food is easier for the dog to digest. Dry food is highly processed and has a low water content, which makes it harder to digest.
It helps meet the dog’s fluid needs
As I said, wet food contains more liquid than dry food, and it can therefore help to cover the dog’s fluid needs. If your dog is not drinking enough water, wet food can help avoid dehydration as the dog will get fluid from the food. Of course, you also still need to provide water for the dog.
It is effective in preventing obesity
Wet food for dogs contains far fewer calories than dry food. It is therefore a good food choice if you have a food-loving dog and want to avoid being overweight. Wet food gives a better feeling of satiety, and at the same time your dog can eat a larger portion for the same calories as it would get from a smaller portion of dry food.
It’s easier to chew
Due to the soft consistency, wet food is easier to chew than dry food. It is therefore obvious for dogs who have difficulty chewing their food – e.g. older dogs, dogs with small mouths, or dogs missing some of their teeth.
What is the best wet food for dogs?
We believe that the best wet food for dogs is actually a further development of wet food, which is called fresh dog food . It is some of the healthiest and least processed dog food available. Fresh dog food is still a new concept in Denmark, but in other countries such as the UK and the US it is hugely popular. In Denmark you can get fresh dog food at MÆT .
Fresh dog food – what is it?
Fresh dog food from MÆT consists of fresh, Nordic ingredients – meat and vegetables – which are prepared easily (sous vide), which preserves the nutrients and eliminates any bacteria. Some of the dishes are also available with rice. The recipes are composed in a way that gives your dog all the necessary proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber. The food contains no preservatives.
In consistency, wet food and fresh dog food are reminiscent of each other. But where wet food is canned food, fresh dog food is easily heated and packaged like a sausage stored in the refrigerator. Fresh dog food from MÆT is easy to dose, as there are markings on the packaging that you can cut after. The food is ready to serve – all you have to do is take it out of the fridge, then there is a healthy and delicious meal for your dog.
The same benefits that your dog gets from wet food, it will also get from fresh dog food – and more. Your dog can therefore look forward to:
- An even better taste and aroma experience
- A nicer coat
- Healthy intestines and a good digestion
- Smaller and more uniform stools
- A more balanced energy level
- A good way to prevent obesity (here especially our Chicken Deli and Pork Deli dishes are good)
How to switch to fresh dog food
It is easy to switch from wet food to MÆT ‘s fresh dog food. As I said, it has roughly the same consistency, but your dog will think “wow, why does my food suddenly taste even better?”. When changing food, remember to do it gradually by mixing MÆT in your dog’s current food. Read more about how to get started with fresh dog food here.
We deliver fresh dog food from MÆT right to your door, so your life as a dog owner will be a little easier. You can also find our products at retailers around the country.
What about tooth cleaning?
Some dog owners choose dry food over wet dog food because they think it is better for the dog’s teeth. The argument is that the dry food cleans the dog’s teeth due to the hard consistency. Others believe that dry food has no effect on tooth cleaning, and some even believe that dry food promotes dental problems because it stays in the dog’s teeth.
No matter which side you take in the debate, tooth cleaning should not be the main reason for choosing a particular type of feed. For the best way to clean your dog’s teeth will always be with a toothbrush and possibly. some dog toothpaste (never use human toothpaste!). Chewing gum and natural snacks can also be a great addition to your toothbrush if your dog gets soft food. It is therefore quite possible to feed your dog a delicious alternative to dry food and still keep its teeth clean.
Frequently asked questions about wet food for dogs
What is the best wet food for dogs?
The best wet food for dogs contains real, high-quality ingredients. The feed should be as little processed as possible so that the nutrients of the ingredients are preserved. And then the feed must have lots of aroma and taste. Therefore, the best choice is a further development of wet food, which is called fresh dog food .
How is fresh dog food different from wet food?
Fresh dog food is a further development of wet food. Wet food and fresh dog food are similar in consistency and both have a high water content. The dog therefore gets all the same benefits – and more. While wet food is canned food, fresh dog food has been lightly prepared and then packaged in sausage form, which you store in the fridge. Fresh dog food from MÆT consists of Nordic meat and vegetables as well as all the vitamins and minerals that your dog needs.
how much wet food should a dog have?
The answer to the question “how much wet food should a dog have?” depends on what kind of wet food your dog gets. The dog should have 2-3.5% of its body weight if you feed it MÆT fresh dog food.
Is wet food good against obesity?
Yes it is. The content of calories in wet feed is much lower than in dry feed. Therefore, it is especially good for food-loving dogs whose owners want to protect them from being overweight.
Is wet food bad for your teeth?
While some believe that the hard dry food cleans the dog’s teeth better than wet food, others believe that dry food has no effect in terms of tooth cleaning. Some even believe that dry food can help promote dental problems as it stays in the teeth.
The best way to clean your dog’s teeth is with a toothbrush. Chewing gum and natural snacks can also be used to supplement tooth cleaning. Therefore, it can easily be possible to give your dog wet food and still keep its teeth clean.