Canned dog food versus dry kibble is an argument that has been going on for some time now – or at least ever since commercially manufactured and artificially packed into aesthetic looking bags kind of goodies seemed to hit grocery stores that are haunted by dogowners in the flurry of discovering the worth of the variety
they buy for Fido!
Well, the truth be told, a dog’s diet is what determines every facet of their health and total wellbeing, so it is only fair that a dog- owner and true dog-lover is bound to be faced by the above dilemmas sometime; however, wanting the best for your four-legged canine friend is not the problem – it’s knowing there is too much variety!
Okay, so we were kidding right there – but the fact is that with so many options open, it can get a tad difficult to decide which one has more pros than cons for keeping as a daily diet option for your pampered pooch and which should only be emergency fare when his favorite dog chow is not available!
Many dog owners prefer to go with dry kibble while others prefer to quibble over the benefits of canned, moist dog food that comes in a variety of flavors and with as much supplement value as marked on the kibble; so how exactly does one get to know which has more advantages in the main components department till one actually does a scientific comparative analysis?
Possibly, short of lab tests that compare results in a chemical break-down and biological benefits package, there is only the outward, obvious signs of a dog’s glowing fur and strong, flexible and energetic body movements and possibly superior good looks – or, as it is the case with simple dog lovers – it’s just a case of letting pooch choose his pet preferences in food!
You can consider discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each type of dog food with the professionals your dog trusts with his health i.e. the vet and the dog trainer for example, who are two people who have enormous experience in dealing with healthy, happy and different breeds of dogs to know what works for each one.
On the practical side of course, the prohibitive price tag of most tinned dog chow brands can be a deciding factor for dog-owners choosing kibble as canned food may not be affordable on a regular basis for the bigger breeds.
Of course, the benefits of large chunks of real meat with lesser additives that is filling and nutritious cannot be overlooked in canned dog food.
also it is something that that appeals to their basic carnivorous nature that canned dog food is typically readily accepted and relished by all but the picky eater variety of dogs, so is good for maintaining good health, is moist therefore easy to chew and less hassle-free for the dog-owner too.
Now, coming to dry kibble – since it is dry and hard, with lesser moister than canned dog food, it benefits the oral hygiene by preventing tartar and plaque problems.
It also does not need to be put in the fridge after opening like canned food requires so is easy to store and carry on journeys, therefore proves to be economical, convenient and a healthy diet option for your dog.
Of course, the last choice for which is better is best made by your dog’s vet and Fido himself, so choose quality and good health will automatically follow whether you choose to go with kibble or canned!
Dog nutrition has to be the most important element to successful dog care that you the dog owner need to be aware of. Dog nutrition contributes largely to the life span of your pet and the quality of life that your pet leads.
It is such a huge topic of interest right now that finding the right food and following the correct guidelines can be quite a challenge.
Many dog food owners complain that they need to be scientists to understand the dog food labels! Because there are now a vast amount of different dog breeds, pet food manufacturers have developed different types of food best suited for optimum dog nutrition for the specific breed of dog.
Being aware of your own dog’s specific nutritional requirements can be a difficult task in itself, and if you are not sure you can always speak with your Vet who will advise you on the best avenue to take.
Dog nutrition will change depending on the dog’s age, the possible developing of bad health, etc. This said, providing the utmost nutritional base for a dog that is going through a difficult stretch for whatever reason is very important.
Your Vet will be able to best help you in determining the appropriate food for your pet in cases such as this so be sure to check with him or her.
Below I have listed some general tips to ensure that your dog gets the most out of whatever food you do offer him/her:
Feeding at the same time each day When you bide by a feeding schedule, you can ensure that your dog’s food is always fresh.
Dog food that is filled in the bowl first thing in the morning is exposed to air and so will not be as fresh.
Also, allowing for the food to be down all day, means that your animal can just eat all day long and we all know what that can lead to! how much food your dog needs This fact can be tricky.
There are multiple factors to consider when trying to figure out the appropriate amount of food to feed to your dog daily. The activity level of your dog, your dog’s metabolism, and genetics, are all factors to consider.
What you want to attempt to do is feed your dog enough to maintain his ideal body weight. For information concerning the ideal body weight of your dog, consult your Vet.feeding table scraps.
Under no circumstances should a dog be fed table scraps. Not only will this develop into a habit on your part, but your dog will never leave you or your family alone while you are all at the table.
Furthermore, certain foods are very bad for dogs to ingest, and can lead to toxicity and severe illness for your dog.