Canned Dog Food

Major Differences Between Canned Dog Food and Dry Dog Food

Every pet owner wonders the same question: What is the difference between canned dog food and the best dry dog food? Many people may not realize how big a difference there are between these two products, and how they can actually affect your dog's health.

Main Differences

1. Fiber

Canned dog food is much lower in fiber then dry dog food. Canned food usually as about 0.20% fiber on an as fed basis compared to dry food that normally have at least 1.2% fiber as fed. That is 6 times the difference!

2. Moisture Content

Obviously canned dog food has a much higher moisture content the dry food. But even dry food dog have some moisture content.

3. Calories

Because canned dog food contains a lot of water, the calorie density of dry food is much higher. Dry dog food have around 1600 kcal/lb versus canned food with 200 kcal/lb.

Should I Feed Canned Or Dry Dog Food?

Whether or not you feed one or the other is up to you. However for the most part you should try and feed dry dog food. This is because of several important reasons.

First of all, the mechanical abrasion of eating dry dog food helps key your dog's teeth cleaner and tarter free.

Second, dry dog food is much higher in fiber which helps to regulate their digestive tract.

Third, dry dog food is much cheaper. With canned dog food you are buying a lot of water.

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