Is Canned or Dry Food Better For Your Pet?

The ingredient quality is more important than whether you feed dry or canned food to your pet.

One of the more common questions asked regarding diet is whether canned or dry food is better to feed our pets.  Many people feel that feeding dry pet food is good for the teeth and helps keep the teeth clean of tartar and bacteria.  However, there is no scientific data that support the beneficial effect of feeding dry food on dental health.  In fact, the high carbohydrate of most dry foods may often lead to increased incidence of dental decay, as well as weight gain and possibly diseases such as diabetes.

Natural canned food can often be a well-balanced choice for many pets, especially cats, for which I recommend feeding predominantly wet food only diets.   The ingredient quality, as well as presence of natural preservatives, is more important than whether the type of formulation is dry or wet in most cases when deciding the best diet for our pet companions.

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2 Comments

  1. My Precious weighs 10 lbs. & I do not want her to gain
    another pound. I feed her 1/4 cup of Iams dry food twice
    a day. How much should I feed her??
    Thank you!

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    That sounds about right for your dog.

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