Your Dog’s Diet: Canned Dog Food vs. Dry Kibble


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Canned dog food versus dry kibble is an argument that has been going on for sometime now – or at least ever since commercially manufactured and artificially packed into aesthetic looking bags kind of goodies seemed to hit grocery stores that are haunted by dog-owners in the flurry of discovering the worth of the variety they buy for Fido!



Well, the truth be told, a dog’s diet is what determines every facet of their health and total well being, so it is only fair that a dog- owner and true dog-lover is bound to be faced by the above dilemmas sometime; however, wanting the best for your four-legged canine friend is not the problem – it’s knowing there is too much variety!

Okay, so we were kidding right there – but the fact is that with so many options open, it can get a tad difficult to decide which one has more pros than cons for keeping as a daily diet option for your pampered pooch and which should only be emergency fare when his favorite dog chow is not available!



Many dog owners prefer to go with dry kibble while others prefer to quibble over the benefits of canned, moist dog food that comes in a variety of flavors and with as much supplement value as marked on the kibble; so how exactly does one get to know which has more advantages in the main components department till one actually does a scientific comparative analysis?

Possibly, short of lab tests that compare results in a chemical break-down and biological benefits package, there is only the outward, obvious signs of a dog’s glowing fur and strong, flexible and energetic body movements and possibly superior good looks – or, as it is the case with simple dog lovers – it’s just a case of letting pooch choose his pet preferences in food!

You can consider discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each type of dog food with the professionals your dog trusts with his health i.e the vet and the dog trainer for example, who are two people who have enormous experience in dealing with healthy, happy and different breeds of dogs to know what works for each one. On the practical side of course, the prohibitive price tag of most tinned dog chow brands can be a deciding factor for dog-owners choosing kibble as canned food may not be affordable on a regular basis for the bigger breeds.

Of course, the benefits of large chunks of real meat with lesser additives that is filling and nutritious cannot be overlooked in canned dog food; also it is something that that appeals to their basic carnivorous nature that canned dog food is typically readily accepted and relished by all but the picky eater variety of dogs, so is good for maintaining good health, is moist therefore easy to chew and less hassle-free for the dog-owner too.

Now, coming to dry kibble – since it is dry and hard, with lesser moister than canned dog food, it benefits the oral hygiene by preventing tartar and plaque problems; it also does not need to be put in the fridge after opening like canned food requires so is easy to store and carry on journeys, therefore proves to be economical, convenient and a healthy diet option for your dog.

Of course, the last choice for which is better is best made by your dog’s vet and – Fido himself, so choose quality and good health will automatically follow whether you choose to go with kibble or canned!


Kevin Bentley

Hi, I’m Kevin Bentley, a dog lover and enthusiast. Though I started out as a cat person, my wife quickly set me on the true path of dog love. Now I’m full-on obsessed with dogs and everything related to dogs. I’ve purchased every dog accessory you can think of, so I decided to collect my thoughts about them on this site.

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