Dry food is the most popular option for dog owners simply because it’s usually more convenient. However, wet food can also be a good option for owners whose pets need a different aroma to appeal to their dog’s senses. 

As each type of diet has its own range of benefits, many owners find the best method is to give their dog a mix of wet and dry together. This mixed feeding approach means dogs enjoy the combined advantages of wet and dry dog food. 

It can also be a great solution for the type of dog that needs coaxing at mealtime but requires a little extra care regarding their dental health. One thing to note is that while dry food lasts for a while when stored properly, an open can of wet food lasts only 24 hours.

The benefits of dry food

Dry dog food has a long list of benefits for dogs and their owners. It is also completely acceptable as the only feature of your dog's diet as it contains all of the nutrition an active dog requires. Dry kibble stores better than wet food once it’s been opened, and for dogs, the most significant benefit of dry food is how it influences their oral health. 

The texture of dry kibble is designed to have a brushing effect on your dog’s teeth when they chew, which can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Not only does dry food help maintain your dog’s dental health, but it can also help with bad breath.

The benefits of wet food

If you have a dog that is a fussy eater, introducing wet food to their diet may help. Wet food’s meaty aroma can be enticing to many dogs, and adds variety and new textures to your dog's diet. The high moisture content in wet food helps to keep your dog hydrated for longer. 

The benefits of mixed feeding

Due to the range of benefits that wet and dry diets boast, a mixed feeding approach is often the best way to help your dog get the most out of mealtime. In addition, combining wet and dry into their diet can give them some variety, where they are exposed to different textures that they will generally be more tempted to try. When you offer a picky dog a diet that combines both, you’ll usually find they’ll be drawn to the aromas of this mixed meal. 

A common misconception is that wet food is required to ensure a complete and balanced meal; however, this is not the case. Eukanuba’s dry food range is packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins, so your dog has everything they need to be active and healthy!