Our selection and consideration of food for our furry best friends have been greater than before in this era. While a wide variety of products offer something that would make our puppies happy and full, the buyer is still burdened with a healthier option: A healthier option, wet or dry puppy food?

Both wet and dry foods provide enough nutrients to facilitate healthy development for your puppy and have their advantages and disadvantages.

To give owners a better light in deciding the best option, we have gathered some information about its meaning, variants, and detailed outlines of wet and dry puppy foods.

 

Difference Between Dry and Wet Puppy Foods

The essential difference between dry and wet food products is water content. While most dry puppy foods bear a moisture content of less than 12 percent, this is a small value to an 84 percent moisture content of wet food variants. This contrast will affect the shelf life of the food, as dry puppy food usually lasts longer in storage than wet food.

There are also different claims between wet and dry foods, especially on calorie content. Dry foods would often have higher calorie content per recommended service. This means that puppies might have to consume higher volumes of wet puppy food to get the same level of calories as dry puppy foods.

As for the dental aspect, while wet foods pose no dental harm to our pets, dry foods may pose some challenges if not taken care of. The stiff consistency of dry foods claims to clean the puppy’s teeth and help in filing them down; other claims dictate the puppy food particles may stay stuck to the teeth and start a dental issue.

These issues may not be that big if owners routinely clean and maintain their puppy’s dental health.

 

Dry Puppy Food Advantages

With several contracts, it is easy to determine every pros and con of wet and dry foods. Starting with dry foods, its advantages are crystal clear. They are easy to measure out in proportions to maintain a consistent diet routine. Some variants are even formulated to be the best dry puppy food.

As mentioned earlier, storage is easier for puppy foods and their long expiration period and can be easily stored in secure containers. This means that owners can buy in bulk batches with little waste and good savings. Additionally, dry foods cost less than wet foods, and they match well with lifestyles involving traveling to various places.

Another advantage of dry food is that it is designed to help clean the puppy’s teeth. As most puppy breeds have tooth and gum issues, a portion of dry food may help minimize these conditions. Although this is not always the case, especially if your pet has pre-existing dental issues that could cause pain when chewing.

 

 Dry puppy Food Disadvantages

Most puppy foods have smaller fat content and increased carbohydrate concentration to keep their consistent shape and size. If your puppy is energetic and active, they may need to take in higher amounts of fat than dry food can provide.

And although it is stated that dry foods help in maintaining clean teeth for puppies. Some breeds may not benefit from it due to some dental and facial structures from the breed itself.

 

Wet Puppy Food Advantages

While dry puppy food offers savings, cleanliness, and convenience to the owner, wet foods may bring more advantages to the puppy itself. Most puppies prefer consuming wet food as its taste and smell are more improved and intense than dry puppy foods. In short, wet foods taste better for puppies.

Higher water content brings another advantage for the puppy’s health. Food with more extensive water content can cover a puppy’s fluid needs than dry food. Hence, wet food is incredibly best for pets that don’t drink much during the day. Additionally, for more extensive and slightly overweight pets, wet food is recommended to keep their weight gain to a minimum.

If your puppy loves eating, wet foods can fill them up without exceeding their recommended serving due to their lower energy content per portion. This leads to puppies eating in larger amounts without taking too many calories.

 

Is it Possible to Combine Wet and Dry Foods?

Since both wet and dry foods have contrasting advantages, most owners would often end up merely feeding their pets with wet and dry foods at the same time to maximize their benefits. While this does not mainly make the meal terrible, you should not mix two types of food and serve them at different meal times, as this might end up letting the puppy consume nutrients beyond its recommended serving.

Additionally, owners should be wary of mixing both food types. Those with pre-existing digestive problems or an overall sensitive stomach, which most puppy breeds have, might be affected negatively and cause constipation or diarrhea.

In general, mixing both types in one bowl or having them in alternate sessions does not bring actual benefits to your puppy. If your puppy likes a specific flavor and tolerates it well, you may as well stick with it!

For further assistance, getting a veterinarian for advice is always a good option. The right combination of food types may keep your puppy healthy while sporting a consistent diet and keeping your pet interested in mealtime.

 

Content Matters

What’s important to take note of is the ingredients of both food types. After all, nutrition is essential for puppies. In principle, a food that consists of 70 percent meat and 30 percent of vegetables is enough to cover critical nutritional needs in most cases.

 

Takeaway

No food type is better than the other as both food types benefit the owner and their pet. What’s important is how your food affects puppies eating habits and nutritional intake. Overall, picking the best puppy food depends on whether your puppy loves it, good for their overall health, and fits your lifestyle.

 

Author’s Bio

Courtney John is a freelance writer for animal and pet care for over a decade now. She is also a volunteer dedicated to animal rescue and welfare, working for different organizations all over town. She lives with her two adopted cats and rescue dog.

So you’re getting a puppy – how exciting! Getting a new puppy is a time of real excitement for you and your family.

You have researched the breed you’re getting, or secured an adoption at a rescue centre, waited weeks that can seem like years, and finally you can bring your puppy home.

However, you will need to get prepared for bringing your new best friend into your home, and hopefully this article can help you with that.

Let’s have a look at some of the things you will need.

 

Puppy Food

Whether your puppy has been in a home environment for the first few weeks of its life, or in a shelter, he or she will have been fed on one particular food.

It is usually better to keep them on this food for at least a few days after arriving home. Coming into a new home, although very exciting for both you and your puppy, is also a huge change for the puppy. So, it’s best to try and keep the transition as smooth as possible at first.

You should be told what food he or she has been eating, so that you can purchase a small amount of the same. It may be that you like the food they are on, in which case you don’t need to change it, but if you do want to change it, it’s best to leave them on the same food for a week, and then do a slow transition of food over 7-10 days. Start with a large amount of their original food, say 90% and 10% of the new food, and gradually decrease the original food and increase the new until they are completely changed over.

Doing it this way will get your puppy used to the taste, and hopefully avoid any gastrointestinal upsets from changing a food too quickly.

A complete puppy food is always best, as these have the correct amount and balance of nutrients, but be aware that if you have a large breed, such as a Great Dane you will need a large breed puppy food as their bones grow at different rates. Your vet is the best person to advise you.

 

You will also need bowls for the food and water. Heavier bowls are better, as it makes it more difficult for your puppy to knock over.

 

A Comfy Bed

There are many different options of dog beds out there, and it can be difficult to know what is the best bed for a puppy.

You may need to upgrade the beds as your puppy grows, as a puppy bed may quickly become too small.

Ideally, for a puppy you need a bed that is chew proof. Puppies love to chew, and the last thing you want is to come down in the morning to a shredded bed with filling scattered everywhere.

Puppies do have accidents, so a bed with a removable covering to make for easy washing will make your life so much easier.

Puppies will often miss their littermates for a few days, so having a bed with raised sides that they can curl up in will often make them feel comforted.

 

Somewhere To Sleep

Of course, your puppy will need somewhere to sleep. It is best to get them into good habits straight away, and many people choose to crate train their dog.

Crate training involves having a crate in their sleeping area, and the goal is to use this as a positive space that they feel secure in. They can then be secured in the crate at night so that they feel safe, and you know that they won’t be chewing anything valuable or dangerous such as electrical wires.

Crates should be big enough for your dog to stand up in and turn around with ease, and you may need to buy a bigger crate as your puppy grows.

As the puppy learns that the crate is their sleeping space, they don’t like to soil the area, so it can be useful to help with house training.

The crate can also be taken with you if you’re traveling, or staying somewhere else, then your dog will feel safe in it’s own surroundings, and you can put their favourite bed in it.

 

Things To Chew And Play With

Puppies love to chew. It’s their way of exploring the new world around them, however there are things that we don’t want them to get their teeth on, whether it’s because they are your favourite pair of slippers, or because it’s something that could do them harm.

There are many chew toys available, it’s best to aim for the ones specifically aimed at puppies, as their teeth are slightly more delicate than their adult counterparts.

Toys are also a must, puppies have seemingly endless energy, and play is a large part of their learning curve, have different types of toys available until you know what your puppy likes.

Always check toys for signs of wear and tear, and never leave them alone with any of these things.

 

A Collar And Lead

A collar and lead is a must for a dog, for when you can start taking them on walks.

Identification will depend on where you live, in some places all dogs must be microchipped – which is a permanent form of identification and highly recommended, and in others a dog must wear a collar with a tag on at all times.

So double check the laws in your state or country.

 

Book A Visit To The Vet

A vet visit is a must, usually a week after you’ve got your puppy and they’ve had time to settle in.

Your vet can check your puppy over, and also this will get the puppy used to going to the vet, and make positive associations.

The vet will then vaccinate and treat your puppy for fleas and worms, and can answer any questions you may have.

Getting a puppy is a very exciting time, and with a little bit of pre-planning, you should be well prepared. Have fun!