Putting your dog’s preference aside, wet food still has many other benefits that ensure your dog is getting the most out of mealtime.
There are some dogs that are reluctant to drink enough water each day to stay well hydrated. One of the key benefits of feeding your dog wet food is added hydration, as wet food has a much higher moisture content than dry food.
Tempts picky eaters
Wet dog food is an excellent choice for fussy eaters that need to be tempted at mealtimes. Dogs have a great sense of smell and the rich, meaty aromas that wet food gives off are more likely to entice your picky pooch to eat. Due to its soft texture, wet pet food may also be beneficial for both younger and older pets. It’s easier to chew and swallow for pets with fewer teeth, or those with sensitive gums. In addition, older animals with a deteriorating sense of smell and taste may benefit from wet food in their diet as it may have a richer scent and flavor.
High-quality wet foods will use highly digestible meat as their core ingredient. All of our Eukanuba™ diets are complete and balanced and provide a great mix of essential nutrients including proteins, vitamins and important fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, which support healthy skin and coat.
Wet food has a higher moisture content compared to dry food. The increased water volume in the food means that it can help pets to feel fuller, helping to promote satiety. This is important for weight management and for those dogs that can be greedy and show begging behaviors. Due to the water content, calories are diluted in the food, so wet food will have a lower caloric density when compared to dry food. It’s important to watch portion sizes carefully with wet food since it’s tastier, but with the right management, it can be a great option for a weight management program.
Wet food is a great mixer
A wet food diet can be an excellent choice for your dog if you’re noticing your pet is turning up their nose to dry meals. If you are considering a change to your dog’s diet or transitioning to wet food from dry, remember it’s best to introduce them to new foods gradually. This helps avoid sudden digestive upsets that have the potential to disrupt their health. It will also help introduce them slowly to new textures and smells. Some owners find a combination diet works best for their dog and will mix wet food with dry kibble to give their dog some variety at mealtime.