Pet diets - Dry versus wet food

Our pets rely on us to make the very best food choices for them but there are so many different options of dry and wet food to choose from that it’s hard to know which is the best. There are many advantages to giving your pet both dry and wet food, and there isn’t a right or wrong answer as long as you ensure your pets are getting the most suitable diet for their needs.

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Dry food


  • Chewing kibble or biscuits helps keep your pet's teeth healthy by reducing plaque and tartar build up which in turn reduces bad breath.
  • Dry food doesn’t have to be refrigerated and can make traveling with your pet easier.
  • Kibble and biscuits seems to go a little further than wet food as they don't contain as much water which is more economical to feed on a per-serving basis.
  • It's easy to store and feed your pet.
  • Depending on which brand you choose, it can work out to be slightly cheaper than canned food.
  • Dry food tends to be a more energy-dense option.
  • It's less messy to eat.
  • Can be easier to measure portion sizes.


  • Dry food is more likely to contain preservatives to help keep it fresher for longer.
  • It often contains more grains and carbohydrates than meat.
  • It's less palatable as pets will always prefer a meatier option.

Wet food


  • Your pet loves canned food as it generally contains more protein and fat than dry food, with little carbohydrates.
  • Pets find it easier to digest so more nutrients are absorbed.
  • Some nutritionists believe canned food is healthier than dry food.
  • As canned food contains more water it can help hydrate your pet, benefiting their urinary tract.
  • It's yummier than dry food.


  • It’s too soft to help remove plaque and tartar build up.
  • Canned food is perishable and can only be left out of a refrigerator for a short period of time, so anything your pet doesn't eat should be thrown away.
  • Wet food can be more costly as it tends to contain more meat and fats.
  • With dry food animals tend to know when they're full, but with wet food it’s a little more difficult to control what they consume as the food tends to be so yummy - this may contribute to weight gain.
  • It takes a larger volume of canned food to provide your pet with the nutrients it needs for each meal.

Making the right choice for your pet 

Whether you choose to feed your pet dry or wet food, what matters the most is that you ensure they're eating as healthy as possible which incorporates any medical conditions they may have.

If your pet's diet only usually consists of dry food feel free to mix it up a bit by giving them wet food occasionally and vice versa. So if your pet usually has wet food give them a treat of dry food, this will help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar. Balancing a pet’s diet with meaty and crunchy meals is a perfect way of providing them with the best nutrition and diet they need.

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