Canned vs Dry Dog Food: Knowing Which Foods Dogs Can Eat?

Written by Dorothy Miller  |  Updated 01/30/2020

Taking the right decision for your dog to feed is not as hard as you think. Although the wide varieties of dog food available in the market make it hard to make the right and cost-efficient choice. Learn all about dog food and make an informed decision in the pet food aisle.

Cost of Feeds

The cost of dog feed is one factor that is most important in the case of feeding of dogs with different kinds of meals. The cost factor needs to be looked into in various perspectives during the preparation of the food items, required for the balanced feeding of dogs with proper vitamin and mineral supplementations in the meal.

The cost will not always matter much because the dog’s value is being assessed in terms of companionship and the happiness derived from the dog to the dog owner. Though the cost of the feed is comparatively more, many dog owners don’t mind much due to the increased benefits derived from their dogs in terms of protection, guiding, etc.

The selection of ingredients for the homemade meal needs to be however based on the quality factor. Even when the quality is more, general persons may seek cheaper items only. Recommended nutrient contents may be obtained from the national nutrient academies in all nations and this will provide guidelines.

One can correlate the cost factor with items available in their own country. Generally, the commercial food items are expensive especially the ones that use the modern technologies of meal preparation like oven-baking, sterilization of cans, air drying or freeze drying of contents, etc.

Canned items cost more than the dry food items. However, the cost of the items depends on what kind of feed to be used for the dogs. Food allergies need to be monitored during the usage of different meals in case of dogs due to the cheaper cost of the items. Often the quality need not be compromised because of the cost factor.

Most of the dog feed nowadays have mentioned their cost in the label itself. Hence, the dog owner need not have any problem in taking a decision on the purchase.

Canned vs Dry Dog Food

These types of food materials are different with different grades of liking by the dogs. Dogs like dry foods only if they are tasty only and however, on the comparison, the dogs prefer only the canned food items. The reason for such preference by the dogs is that in the case of canned meals, the moisture is about seventy to eighty percent but in the case of dry food, it is only about ten percent.

However, if you view it in terms of nutrients, often the dry food contains nearly ninety percent nutrients whereas the canned feed contains only less percent of nutrients and most of the time, it is only soy products that are structured so well to look like meat pieces.

Hence, to make up the nutritional balance in the body systems, the dog has to eat more amounts of canned food materials than dry food materials. Hence, just compare the cost factor related to this feature by you. Many dry meals are soybean and rice based.

Some dry food items are based on corn. Sometimes, the beef-based or chicken-based feed comes in the cans along with mineral and vitamin supplements suited for the upkeep of the dog’s health status. Larger dogs that weigh more than thirty pounds need to be fed with semi-moist or dry meals on most of the occasions.

This is to satisfy the food receptors in the stomach. This is due to the fact that the larger dogs need to eat plenty of moist or canned food items to satisfy these criteria. But it may not be practically possible in these larger dogs. The small-sized dogs may have a satisfactory level of nutrients if fed even the moist food items. However, the caloric density of dry meal should not be forgotten. Enriched dry meals are highly welcome ones than non-enriched ones.

Home-Made Diets

Homemade diets are important in dog feeding. Many times, commercial diets consist of meals that have artificial coloring agents and flavoring agents that are harmful to the dog's body. Homemade meals for dogs have the guarantee of freshness in the preparation, unlike the ready-made commercial items.

The preservatives added in the commercial food items may not be the suitable ones for the dogs from the health point of view. Even in the case of renal diseases in dogs, homemade diets maybe

made with ground beef, slices of bread, calcium carbonate or boiled eggs.


The purpose is to have the restricted protein supply in the feed items prepared. This should be carried out with homemade diets prepared exclusively for the dogs suffering from renal diseases. Water is added in sufficient quantities to help the proper metabolism in the digestion-impaired renal cases.

The dog may have allergic symptoms like severe itching, which may not get corrected by different kinds of medications employed over a period of time. Such cases may get easily treated once the dog food is changed from the commercial type of food to the homemade meals for dogs.

Often, the homemade food items are prepared using the freezing procedures to kill the germs or by adding grape seed extracts to provide sufficient antioxidants to the homemade meals. Food grade vinegar is also added in many times to the meat pieces prepared in a fresh manner. All these can be enriched with vitamin supplements that are available in fruit essences or fish oil.

Cranberry juice, bananas, fish and meat are prepared in a quality manner and no preservatives are added during the preparation of these kinds of food items and the dog becomes more active after the consumption of such meals.


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