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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-22-2008, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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dry vs. wet food

is there any good reason not to feed a dog wet food?

i have always only used a good quality dry dog food with all my dogs and for some reason (in the back of my head) have had an aversion to feeding wet food.
it's like the dry is 'better quality' and wet is not good at all.

with mugsy i mix wet & dry because he seems to not like dry food. but his poop is getting softer and more runny and i don't think that's good.

i know if i feed only dry that he will go on strike again but eventually he will come around (one hopes).

i'm confused.

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Joe - I am certainly nt an expert, and Lola has always eaten every bit of food near her mouth. However, I feed her dry food moistened because I find from the ingredient lists that the difference between quality dry and wet is that the wet has the water already added. I feed her Nature's Variety mix of Praire and Instinct kibble with one medallion of the freeze dried chopped up. I mix it all with some tepid water to moisten. Voila - wet food for much cheaper and eaier storage.

And you know you can rule in the next hunger strike!

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Oh -and I figure the poop is the sign of health. So runny, softer stools aren't agreat sign. And who wants to clean that up?!?!

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No, I think wet food is perfectly FINE. In fact, I think its better to feed a mix of wet and dry rather than just dry. I know some may not agree with that, but I don't believe its that great to live off dehydrated food all the time. It would sort of be like a human eating Fritos fortified with vitamins day in and day out. lol

I think its good for them to get water through a food source, but that's JMO. I feed my dog homecooked 95% of the time, but occasionally a dry with some Wellness canned mixed in.

The only thing, is I think they push kibble more than wet is to help keep the tarter off their teeth. So I just pick the tarter off every few weeks with a dental pick. No biggie. She put up a fight the first few times, but now she stays really still and it comes right off. The vet gave me "4 paws up" on her teeth, so I think you can keep them in great condition without kibble, it just takes a wee bit of effort.

Of course, if you don't want to pick the tarter off, you can just give some bones and chew toys!
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If you feed wet food exclusively, I think you may see more tartar buildup on the teeth. Of course, you can offset that by brushing their teeth daily and stepping up their dental/oral hygiene (ask Kara how she scrapes the tartar off Gucci's teeth! )

When I switched to homecooking for a few months, I noticed the tartar built up much faster on their teeth than when they were on kibble. Now that they are back on kibble, their teeth do not get as much build up.

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I think there is actually a new train of thought out there that a high quality canned food is better for your dog than kibble. There is usually more meat and in general less ingredients-- I can't quote my source as I have forgotten the original source-- but some also say it is not proven to even effect oral hygiene as once thought. I just spent my entire massage, with holistic therapist harping on me to feed my boys canned instead of cooking the raw... I don't know how many time I said "I would-- if they would eat canned"




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Oh, and I wanted to comment on the 'loose' stools. When you switch a dog from kibble to homecooked or Canned food, they are getting MORE water in their diet, so their stools will be loose for a few weeks.

The dog will ADJUST their water intake DOWN to compensate, because they no longer need as much water to pass the hard kibble. They DO this naturally, there is alot of talk about this on the homecooked forums/groups. Just stick it out for a few weeks, they will firm back up. I promise. And you will notice less trips to the water bowl each day.

I bought a $10 pic from Walgreens, it is double sided and has a light on both ends, when you turn on the light, you can easily see the yellowish tarter, and you just gently scrape it off. I pet Gucci and assure her, and give her some really good treats afterwards

Also, I use the Petslife oral gel, which helps alot, but she'll still get the tarter picked off every other week, there isn't much if you stay on top of it.

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Now, Kara, as a charter member of Club Fritos, I'm astonished that you slandered our Food-of-Choice (served on the beach with Mojitos, natch) ---FRITOS!!! Is nothing sacred???


Seriously, this is a helpful thread. I'm going to look for that pic at Walgreens. I give Biscuit mostly very high-end kibble , sometimes moistened, but I'm really lazy about mixing it up a bit and giving him some soft food, too.
You're lucky Gucci will cooperate with the tartar scraping. Biski won't even let me open his mouth to inspect his teeth. I failed to get him comfortable with that at an early age, my bad. Otherwise, he is so tractable and trusting I could probably swing him around by the tail & he'd be thrilled (just kidding). He loves to be groomed & have mats combed out!!

Hope you have a lovely Easter with your tribe. It is a gorgeous Spring-y Nor-Cal day with everything in bloom, but I guess we are the exception in the entire country!



HAV A GREAT DAY ! ~~AMY & BISCUIT~~
and HEATH-Y, TOO !

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The only negative in using wet food, as a supplement or in whole, that I know of is the additional residue left on the teeth. Obviously, that will promote tooth decay, but you can brush their teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste to counter that.
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I do use wet food as an "extra" at dinner time for Kubrick. He gets 1 tbsp added to the dry. As Kimberly mentioned, it can lead to buildup so I do make sure to brush his teeth every 2-3 days and he does get Oxyfresh put in his water to help with breath and tartar buildup.


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