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Dog food 05.06.2020

Dry dog food vs. wet food - which makes more sense? Which is healthier?

Johann by Johann, Johann has been a dog dad since 2018 and a dog fan since 1986.

A balanced and high-quality diet is not only important for humans. It also influences the health of your dogs.

The diet with Barf is not suitable for every dog owner because of the time required and knowledge about the optimal nutrient composition.

Meanwhile, most manufacturers of wet and dry dog food claim that their products are among the best and the healthiest. But to what extent do such advertising claims correspond to reality?

Dry food healthier or canned food

As a dog owner, you have the opportunity to read the declarations on the food packaging. But what do the ingredients mean?

Canned or dry food

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dry dog food?

The range of industrially produced dry food is almost endless. With dry food alone, however, your dog can be fed neither species-appropriate nor healthy.

The advantages of dry food:

  • long shelf life
  • inexpensive
  • easy to dose
  • low nuisance by smell
Canned food better than dry food for dogs

The disadvantages of dry food:

  • In the manufacturing process, dry food is first heated to extreme temperatures before being ground, shaped, and additionally pressed. Important nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and enzymes do not survive this process. Therefore, artificial vitamins are added to the feed afterwards.
  • In order for the feed to be preserved for as long as possible, it needs preservatives. These have a damaging effect on your dog's intestinal flora. Even the addition "free from preservatives" can be deceptive. This is because ingredients that have already been preserved, such as fats, can be used after purchase without having to label them again as additives.
  • To ensure that the food still smells and tastes good for your dogs, further sensory additives are required.
  • The dry food has a very low water content. This not only makes it difficult to digest, it can also cause kidney disease and the formation of urinary stones.
  • Often the food contains grain, which your dogs can hardly digest.
  • Often triggers allergies.
  • The risk of gastritis is increased.

In the years 1998 to 2002 a study was carried out in Belgium, in which 500 domestic dogs were examined. The result shows that the diet has an influence on the life expectancy of the dogs. The dogs fed with dry food have a life expectancy reduced by 32 months.

What is there to consider with wet food for dogs?

A high-quality wet food can feed your dog both species-appropriate and healthy.

Advantages of this option:

  • Valuable nutrients are preserved during the manufacturing process.
  • The water content is much higher and more species-appropriate.
  • Some manufacturers have specialised in dog food without artificial additives. Their open declaration also shows what was really used in the product: "70 percent beef from muscle, lungs and throat" does read differently than "meat and other by-products".

Disadvantages of the variant:

  • shorter shelf life
  • poorer dosage
  • a can disposal is necessary

Is there also grain-free dry or wet food?

Even the manufacturers have recognized that more and more dog owners want healthier food alternatives for their darling. That's why some manufacturers are now focusing on the production of high-quality dog food. Look out for declarations such as "grain and gluten free" or "no additives or preservatives" the next time you go shopping.

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