Dry vs Wet Food: Which Is Best for Your Pet

Your pet depends on you for food every day, and you want to give him the best diet you possibly can. 5 Points Animal Hospitalrottweiler chihuahua food bowls knows how overwhelming it can be when you are shopping for pet food. With so many choices available, how can you decide which diet is right for your dog or your cat? One of the first decisions you will have to make when shopping for pet food is choosing between wet and dry food. While the choice mostly depends on your lifestyle and on your pet’s tastes, it is always good to check with our expert veterinary staff to see if there are any considerations for your pet’s breed and age. We would like to tell you more about the pros and cons of both wet and dry pet food to help you make the best choice for your pet.


Your pet’s health plays a huge role in the type of food that you should be feeding him. If your pet is reluctant to drink as much water as he should be drinking every day, wet food is a good source of hydration, according to PetMD. Because wet foods are typically more rich in both flavor and scent, 5 Points Animal Hospital recommends this type of food for older and ill pets who have lost their appetites and/or sense of smell as well as for dogs and cats with missing teeth, jaw alignment issues, and other dental problems. The stronger scent can be a deterrent, however, for some pet owners. It can also be messy to eat for some pets. Other drawbacks to wet food include its higher price tag and lack of shelf life after it has been opened. Although you can put opened food in the refrigerator, it must be used soon after to avoid spoilage.


If you need a more economical way to feed your pets, dry pet food generally not only costs much less than wet food, but it also lasts much longer and is easier to store. If you have multiple pets, dry food may be much more cost-effective for you. You also have more options of sizes and types with dry food so it is easier to find the best one for your pet. You can also use this type of food as a training treat and as a dental supplement. Some types of dry pet food can even clean your pet’s teeth as he eats it. The drawbacks of dry pet food include lower levels of moisture, which can be an issue for sick and elderly cats and dogs and in hot, dry climates. This type of food is also lower in animal-based proteins, which are essential for your pet’s proper development from puppy to big boy.

If you still are not sure which type of food is right to feed your pet, 5 Points Animal Hospital is here to help. Contact us today with any questions you may have about your pet’s diet.

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