WHY FEED WET DOG FOOD?

As devoted pet owners, we always strive to provide our furry companions with the very best. When it comes to feeding our four-legged friends, we’re often presented with an overwhelming choice of foods in a wide variety of formats. These are largely dominated by dry kibble and wet dog food. Butcher’s have a range of wet dog food recipes available, but why feed wet dog food? Here our nutritionist Sara explains the benefits of wet dog food and why it is an excellent healthy and nutritionally beneficial choice for your dog.

 

dogs having a drink of water

Enhanced Hydration

Just like humans, dogs require an adequate intake of water to stay healthy. In fact, water is the most important nutrient of all. As a rule of thumb, a dog should drink around 40-60ml per kg body weight each day [1]. This not only includes water from a water bowl, but also that contained within the food our little ones consume. Some dogs may not drink enough water, leading to dehydration.

Wet dog food contains a significantly higher moisture content compared to dry kibble, making it a valuable source of hydration for your pet. This can be particularly beneficial during periods of hot weather, increased activity, or for those with certain health conditions that require increased water intake. Such as a dog with a history of urinary or kidney disease. By feeding wet dog food, this can help contribute to their hydration.

dog food being decanted into bowl and mushed with a fork

Palatability

If you’ve ever noticed your dog turning up its nose at dry kibble, you’re not alone. Some dogs are simply picky eaters, and wet dog food can be a saviour in such cases. The texture, smell and taste of wet food often makes it more appealing to dogs, encouraging them to eat.

This becomes especially crucial for senior dogs or those with dental issues that may find it challenging to chew dry kibble. Our wet dog food is gently steamed in trays and tins to seal in the delicious taste and smell.

Digestive Health

Optimal digestion is vital for a dog’s overall health. Wet dog food in some instances can be more digestible, due to its softer texture and higher moisture content. The higher meat content in some wet foods can mimic a dog’s natural diet, which further aids in digestion.

Wet dog food is much closer to what your dog’s ancestors might have naturally eaten in the wild. It’s easier to eat and provides natural nutrition and hydration, and you’ll be able to see how much your dog loves it!

Nutritional Value

Butcher’s nourishing wet dog foods are made with high-quality ingredients, including real meats, vegetables, and essential nutrients. Our recipes contain a minimum of 50% meat and fish using British and Irish-farmed meat and continuing our mission of supporting British farmers.

These formulations are created by nutritionists to be 100% nutritionally complete and balanced. This means that they supply all the nutrients your dog needs daily at the right levels to help maintain health and vitality. We use natural ingredients in our dog food which is packed with essential proteins, with absolutely no nasties and no added artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

White and brown dog eating out of a green bowl

Weight Management

Obesity is a prevalent issue among dogs and maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for their well-being [2]. Wet dog food due to typically higher protein and moisture levels tends to create a “fuller for longer” feeling, whilst also helping to maintain lean muscle. This is useful in weight management, especially in dogs that seem to have a never-ending appetite! [3]

Due to the higher moisture content of wet foods, it can also be much more difficult to overfeed wet foods compared to dry. Therefore, wet foods can be used as part of an overall multi-factorial strategy to help aid weight loss in overweight dogs. It can also help towards effective weight management in those dogs who may be prone to weight gain such as older or less active dogs.

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Variety

Pet owners often appreciate the variety of flavours and textures available in wet dog food. With an array of choices from chicken to beef, trout to salmon, and more, you can keep your dog’s taste buds satisfied whilst ensuring a nutritionally balanced diet.

Additionally, wet food can be mixed with dry kibble to add a little variety to mealtimes and make it more enticing. If doing this, we recommend a 50:50 or 75:25 mix of wet: dry in terms of calorie contribution. When mixed feeding, it’s important to remember to adjust feeding amounts of both the wet and dry elements accordingly to suit the individual dog. This ensures a healthy weight and body condition are maintained.

black dog eating food out of a bowl

Senior Dog Support

As dogs age, their nutritional requirements may change. Senior dogs can benefit from the increased hydration and potential benefits to weight management offered by wet dog food. It can also be a good option for senior dogs with dental issues as they may have difficulty chewing dry kibble.

Additionally, administering medications to dogs of all ages can be a difficult task. It is easier to hide medications within wet dog food, making the process much smoother and less stressful for both the dog and the owner.

Myth busting! Myth: Dry food is better for my pet’s teeth than wet food.

It is a common myth that dry kibble is better for your pet’s teeth whereas, wet food will lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar. However, there have been multiple case studies where a dry diet has had a similar effect building up plaque and tartar as a moist diet [4]. Typically, dry foods are broken down at the edges of the incisor teeth. But this has little effect on oral hygiene, because plaque and tartar deposits at the gingival and subgingival areas of the mouth [5].

There are specialist ‘dental diets’ that include kibble that is shaped, sized and textured to help control plaque and tartar by maximising contact with teeth. However, this is still a form of passive oral hygiene as still, not all teeth will chew the kibbles [6].

When feeding any diet, a good dental health routine is always important and there’s nothing better for this than brushing your dogs’ teeth regularly with a doggy toothbrush and toothpaste! Whereby the owner removes plaque by brushing the teeth and/or applying gels to the oral cavity [6].

Our food is classed as a complete food because it includes all the vitamins and minerals for a happy, healthy dog – including teeth!

Why feed wet dog food?

While both wet and dry dog foods have their place in a well-balanced diet, there are many benefits of wet dog food. Enhanced hydration and improved palatability are just some of the advantages it offers. Plus we think your dog will find it really tasty! Always remember to consult with your Vet to determine the best diet for your individual dog’s needs. A healthy and satisfied dog will undoubtedly bring joy to your life for many years to come!

 

Happy feeding!

Learn more about our nourishing wet food for dogs here.

   Meet Sara Our Nutritionist

Sara is a proud pet parent to Mae the Cocker Spaniel, 2 cats and a growing flock of hens, and she knows that nutrition is key to their happy and healthy lives. With a degree in Animal Science and over 14 years’ experience as a Pet Nutritionist, Sara shares useful information and resources on dog nutrition with pet parents like you.

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