Is it OK to wet dry dog food? What to Know

Benefits of Wet Dog Food

Wet dog food is oftentimes more enticing or attractive to a dog when compared to dry food due to the scent and texture. It comes in many different flavors and sizes of meat chunks.

Dogs with no teeth, painful mouths, syringe feeding requirements, or those that are weaning off of milk will prefer wet dog food.

It doesnt usually require much chewing to be swallowed, making it great for dogs that are weak or lethargic, and it is more likely to be eaten by a picky eater. Some can even appear to look more like human food, making some owners feel more comfortable feeding their dogs.

Wet dog food is also great for dogs that have a hard time smelling due to an upper respiratory disease. It can be warmed up to make it more fragrant, thus further enticing a hungry dog.

Why Add Water To Dry Dog Food

You should add water to your dog’s dry food if he finds the kibble unappealing and won’t eat it. If the food is too hard, moistening it can also help improve digestion. But make sure that you don’t add too much water as your dog will reject a sloppy kibble soup.

Dogs that refuse to drink water

Although it is a more typical behavior of cats, we can also find some dogs that refuse to drink water. In the case of animals in a state of dehydration, it will be necessary to establish a fluid therapy plan to correct this situation. However, in mild situations or as general maintenance, you can choose to moisten the feed with water to increase the hydration of the animal.

Learn more about the reasons a dog may be dehydrated in our article on why a dog doesnt drink water.

Is it OK to wet dry dog food?

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