Join Date: Jul 2011
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I agree with Dave that there are much less preservatives in wet, but just want to throw this out there - I have seen several young dogs (under 1.5) with bad tartar build up. I always check teeth and when I've come across these barely-grown dogs with all this tartar I ask the owner what they feed and they say they feed just wet food. Now, I know there is a difference among dry food with the quality - the high quality hollistic dog food is very minimally processed and keeps teeth in good shape because of the abrasion and the muscle that it takes to chew the food, but low quality dry food is actually bad for teeth because of all the fillers and sugars, and creates plaque build up. Is this the same for wet food in terms of quality? I just see a higher incidence of bad oral health among dogs feed only wet. I know it costs about $300 -$400 to get the teeth scraped by a vet, and a friend of mine had to have 2 or 3 of her dog's teeth pulled and it cost her $800. It seems like the best bet is to feed the highest quality food you can and also brush the teeth on a regular basis.
Also, cats are true carnivours unlike dogs so dry food is actually going to be more unhealthy for them than dogs across the board.
I feed my dog Blue Buffalo Limited Ingredients. She is very picky and will actually eat this 2 times a day (Yay!). She actually turned her nose up at the BB Wilderness, which I thought she'd like more because of the higher protein content. I don't have time to home cook for her so this high quality dog food (I do add a little warm water to it) along with brushing her teeth (which she LOVES) is a great option for me to keep her mouth healthy.