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Old 12-21-2008, 10:59 AM
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Default The dry vs. wet food debate

Does anyone have a link where it is proven that there are no extra health benefits over feeding one or the other? My BIL thinks that there are extra health benefits feeding dry rather then wet. Especially when it come to teeth.

I feed dry because I like the convenience of it, not because of its supposed ability to clean teeth.

By the way I have nothing against wet either. I usually feed it to Jack when we go on a trip because that is the only thing he'll eat when he isn't home.


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Old 12-21-2008, 12:06 PM
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I have no link for you, and though the action of chewing on something hard CAN help to take tartar off of teeth, in many cases the ingredients in the food, wet or dry, are likely to stay on the teeth. Stay away from foods high in sugar and corn and you're on the right track, again with dry or canned.

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Old 12-21-2008, 12:38 PM
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I have LOTS of information for cats (where feeding canned food IS better), but none for dogs...

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Old 12-21-2008, 03:46 PM
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from what i understand feeding dry makes the dog have to drink much more water in order to digest the food...

Dry food takes longer to digest vs. moistened dry food supposedly.

I don't have any links, just the hearsay
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:19 PM
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I don't have any links either, but from conversations here and at another forum, wet food is supposed to be the better choice- but really, who can afford to feed wet food exclusively.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:32 PM
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Wet food is the best option next to raw for cats.

Dogs don't need wet food, but its a good treat. Dry also does *not* clean teeth at all, that would be like saying eating cereal cleans *our* teeth. Lol. If you feed good quality kibble (meaning, no brands that can be found in a grocery store or walmart.) then wet food isn't necessary. Not worth 2-3 dollars a can when it's unnecessary imho.

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Old 12-21-2008, 05:37 PM
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No links also, sorry.

For extra moisture, I will always ad canned and water to my dog's kibble, though... unfortunately I cannot afford to feed canned exclusively.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mom2dogs View Post
No links also, sorry.

For extra moisture, I will always ad canned and water to my dog's kibble, though... unfortunately I cannot afford to feed canned exclusively.
With a high quality food, you are actually saving money. With wet foods you are paying a premium for water and the food is not necessarily of any higher quality.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:16 PM
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The only dog I have to feed wet food for currently is Lucy. And I buy her Innova wet at $1.75 a can, and one can lasts her about 3-4 meals. She won't touch dry food, she will ONLY eat wet. And I have started giving her raw on occasions, and I am reading more about it.

Harry will soon be getting wet as he is starting to have trouble chewing the kibble (Hes 12 1/2 years old) and I will be buying Kirkland Signature wet food (Which is 14$ for 24 cans..So not TOO bad). He will probably get one can a day (In two separate meals).

As for the cats, they have dry available all day, but are fed wet once a day. And I have had no issues with UTIs, or hairballs for that matter.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:53 PM
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For dogs I don't really think there is a better one. Cats have a low thirst drive, after exercising a cat they usually don't go and drink a while bunch of water like a dog would. They just don't drink enough because they are designed to get most of their moisture from food.

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