With hundreds of options available in the market, finding the proper diet for your dog is overwhelming. You can buy those toys, take them on walks and buy the softest dog bed available, but trust me if your dog isn’t getting the right food, it may affect their health.
The food options on the pet aisle may sound perfect, but your dog may refuse to eat them.
That’s why in this article, we will dig deep and provide you with all the information related to different types of dog food, from dry to wet, raw to cooked, or even homemade, so that you make an informed decision on the best wellness pet food for your furry friend.
Dry or kibble
It’s the most popular type of dog food, which many owners choose for their pets. Dry food or kibble is made by mixing meat, vegetables, and other nutrients and extruding them into bite-size pieces so your pets can easily consume them. This type of food is full of nutrients, making it nutritionally complete and a balanced diet.
Kibble is the most affordable dog food available. So many different types and flavors at different price ranges you might get a tad bit confused. But before buying any dog food, don’t forget to consider your dog’s eating habits.
If your puppy loves dry food or kibble, you can get a larger bag to save a few bucks. If you store it right, you can use a bag of kibble for months after opening it.
Why consider a dry food diet
It has the least moisture, meaning more food than water per pound. Moreover, it’s good for dogs’ teeth as it eliminates plaque when they chew it. There are different brands of dry food, and the best one for your pet depends on its size, breed, preference, and allergies.
For example, a golden retriever may not eat the brand or amount of dry food compared to a husky.
With different brands available, finding the perfect kibble for your pup is overwhelming, especially if you have a rare breed like a miniature schnauzer. Their dietary needs can be different than most other breeds.
However, not all dry foods are good for your pet. Some may have harmful chemicals or additives to them. So ensure you only reach for high-quality brands regarding your dog’s health.
Moist or canned
Although more expensive than its dry counterpart, most dogs prefer moist food because of its taste and texture. It’s easier to eat, as it doesn’t require much chewing. It’s ideal for pets with dental issues or those with no appetite.
Canned food can be great for your dog if it does not like eating dry food; some dogs don’t. But as a dog parent, providing a wet or canned diet may cost you a bit more, as canned foods are more expensive than dry food. If you are willing to offer the absolute best for your fur baby, this option might be it; if you don’t mind spending a little more.
Why consider a canned diet
Canned food is great for adding more variety to your dog’s diet. Besides, if your dog is picky and doesn’t like to eat kibble, try giving them wet foods, as it comes in several different flavors and textures. Many dog parents also mix wet food with kibble.
Nutrition and convenience
It can also last fairly long, although the smell may not be pleasant.
Preparing is convenient as it only requires opening the can and is ready to serve.
Nowadays, many wet foods come in a resealable package, which might be convenient if your dog eats a limited amount; you can store it for his next meals.
However, moist food usually contains more water than protein and fats.
So, check on the label and look for those that say they are 100% nutritionally complete to ensure your pet gets the nutrients it needs.
Semi-moist food falls right in between dry kibble and wet food. It contains around 60-65% moisture higher than dry kibble.
The main ingredients of these types of foods are meat by-products, grains, and other preservatives to create that chewy texture.
Semi-moist foods are pretty expensive than dry kibble and wet food. Though, dogs and puppies enjoy the texture and chewiness. If you are on a budget, we would not recommend you make it your dog’s sole diet. You can give it as a treat or mix it with dry foods to cut the cost.
The negative side of a semi-moist diet
Though dogs love its taste and different flavors, it often has preservatives and artificial ingredients, which may harm your pet’s health in the long run.
Once he gets addicted, he may refuse any other type of food. However, you can give it as an occasional treat to your fur baby. It comes in a pouch that you can reseal if there are leftovers.
Raw food options are available in the market, although you can prepare your own. Uncooked bones, organs, and meats are some of the alternatives. Fruits and vegetables are often added to provide a balanced diet. If you prefer to buy it from a store, get one from a trusted manufacturer to ensure proper sanitary preparation.
Note that this food may contain higher fat content, so consider your pet’s dietary needs before purchasing. It also includes a higher level of bacteria. Before you decide to switch to raw dog food, always consult with your veterinarian for their opinion.
A home-cooked meal is ideal if you want total control of what your dog eats to ensure they get all the nutrients without all those added preservatives. Add several meat options to create variety, including pork, beef, lamb, chicken, and turkey. It can be expensive to other dietary options and require your time. But if your dog seems to enjoy it, go for it.
Final thoughts on types of dog food
While buying food for dogs, consider their breed, age, weight, previous food habits, and any specific health condition. Besides, consider your budget and convenience level as well. We hope this short guide will help you to choose the best option for your fur baby.
Richard Thomas has been a freelance animal and pet care writer for over a decade. He also is a volunteer dedicated to animal rescue and welfare, working for different organizations. He lives with two adopted cats and a rescue dog.