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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.

WET FOOD

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.

DRY FOOD

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.

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog Safely

Tips for Traveling with Your Dog Safely Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalIf you are planning on bringing your dog along on your summer road trip, it is important to remember a few safety tips to make the ride more enjoyable for your pet. While many dogs love to ride in the car, even those dogs can become anxious on long trips. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share with you some tips on traveling with your dog safely that can help your trip be a great success.

Get your dog used to your car.

If your dog loves riding in the car, you will not have to worry about him not being used to it, but if your dog has anxiety about car rides, you can help him feel more secure about being in the car. Start by sitting in your car with your dog in your driveway. Let him explore and sniff the seats. Then, take your dog on short trips to let him get used to riding in the car.

Ensure you have a safe and well-ventilated place for your dog in your car.

If your dog will be traveling in his crate, you will want to check to be sure fresh air will be able to flow into the crate. If your dog will not be in his crate, never let him ride with his head hanging out the window as this could cause an eye injury. You should also never allow your dog to ride in the back of an open truck. The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that this is very dangerous and can lead to severe injuries and even death.

Bring a supply of food and water.

If you have not traveled by car with your dog before, you may want your dog to start the trip on an empty stomach to avoid car sickness. You will want to have plenty of water for the trip as well as a supply of his regular food. You should also remember to bring any medications your dog needs.

Make frequent stops.

You will want to stop often to allow your dog to get some exercise and have a potty break. Long car rides can be very boring for dogs, so these stops will help to break up the monotony of riding in the car for hours. When your dog does go to the bathroom, be sure to clean up after him.

Never leave your dog unattended in your car.

Leaving your dog alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can be very dangerous to your dog’s health. If you have to leave your car, ask a member of your family to stay with the dog in the car with the windows open.

Traveling with your dog can be lots of fun if you follow these safety suggestions. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital if you have any questions about traveling with your dog.

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