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Old 02-27-2011, 04:18 PM
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Mixing wet and dry foods...

When I was studying to be a vet tech (a whole 12 years ago) I remember being drilled not to give soft or wet foods to pets, as it was too fat and bad for their teeth. Over the years I've come to reconsider a lot of the things I learned while earning this degree (I only worked for a year as a vet tech before switching to teaching, so work experience has nothing to do with this...)

I'm wondering a lot these days about the wet/dry food dilemma... Here's why...

Boris is a picky eater. He likes Acana Grasslands best of all the dry foods we tried (Evo, TOTW, Acana) but still wouldn't eat much. I was starting to worry that he was actually too thin, so, I decided to get some canned food and mix a bit of it with the dry kibbles. I went for EVO's 95% variety. I tried TOTW, but don't like the "big chunks of stuff in gravy" type wet food. I personally find it kinda gross, and hard to mix in with kibble. So I went with EVO.

Now Boris, who started this weighing in at 11 pounds, gets half a cup of Acana with about 1/5 of a cup of evo canned daily. He always has dried unmixed kibble available, but he rarely touches it. I'm quite happy with the fact that he actually eats it and has put on some weight (2 pounds... How much of it is natural 1 year old puppy growth and how much is "yay I eat enough now" weight I do not know, but he is definitely less bony, while still being a slim dog...)

Part of me feels guilty for giving him wet foods. afraid it's not good for him, as I was repeatedly told years ago... What's your take on this? Is it a big no-no or is it okay?
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:28 PM
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As long as he has other firm [safe] things to chew to keep his teeth clean, the wet food shouldn't be a problem. Also, brushing his teeth with a enzyme toothpaste a few times a week can do wonders for dental health.
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There is debate on here as to whether or not dry foods are better for their teeth. I say it, at the very least, helps a bit.

That being said, using wet foods adds moisture to their diet which is beneficial, especially later in life when a chronic mild dehydration could exacerbate medical problems.

Personally- I usually only give dry kibble to my dogs (the cats get more wet food since they tend to drink less etc). My old dog started getting some wet when she was older and becoming more picky about her food (then wet food was a god-sent because she ate like there was no tomorrow... )

IMO there isn't a clear cut answer on this. I think it's personal preference and you should do what you feel comfortable with. I think both have their benefits.
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The wet food debate is similar to whats good food debate. You will hear old thoughts and many vets stick to that because it is what they were taught, its similar to all doctors, things develop as time goes on.

That said, there have been people who have fed high quality canned food only and their dogs do not have tartar. Its quality of food not whether its dried or wet

Here are two links from the same site
http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosi...-dry-dog-food/
http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosi...cleaner-teeth/

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Nothing wrong with all wet food as long as it's a quality food. Just give him crunchy biscuits and dental chews (try Dingo Dental Treats as they have a scent that is highly appealing to every dog i have ever given one to, they take it and chew away immediately.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with the diet you are providing him - nor would there be if you were to give only canned food period. Any diet he will willingly consume is better for his health than not eating and becoming malnourished, don't you think?
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Making Dry Dog Food More Enjoyable
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When my dogs were on home cooked 24/7 I barely had to clean their teeth. Now that they are eating one meal dry kibble I am back to scraping the tarter off their teeth. If you want to give your dog a treat mix up 1/4 ground turkey or chicken 1/4 Quinoa 1/4 sweet potato and 1/4 assorted veggies and use that instead of canned food. You can put this all in a crock pot and your dog will love it.
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Thanks all!

Dawnben: I'm not much of a cook lol Raw and homecooked is not something I plan on doing!
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I will usually mix in wet food and dry, but I provide plent of other things for them to chew on. (Like denta treats, raw reindeer or caribou bones, ect.) Well, Nata is still too young in my oppinion to try eating raw bone but Kryesor loves it. He is 13 years old, will be 14 this coming year and the vet says his teeth are in great shape for his age. He asked if he was getting lots of bones to chew and I told him you bet.

So, I have to agree with what BOHICA and Halo said. ^_^
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