Wet food. Dry food. How do you serve your dog theirs? Are you a combination feeder and like to give your dog a little bit of both types, everyday? Or do you pop a little bit of wet food on top as a treat? When it comes to your dog’s food, it can feel like a minefield out there on the best this or best that.
Mixed feeding is really common – so it’s good to know a little bit more about it, so you can make an informed choice between wet or dry dog food, or the whole kit and kaboodle.
The key is quality – and any dog food has to have the right nutrients for your dog, however you’re planning on serving it. That means looking at portion sizes, too, taking any changes slowly – and finding the best wet food to mix in.
What are the benefits of mixed feeding?
Dogs love food – or, rather, dogs love eating! Some dogs won’t eat wet food, some won’t eat dry, but almost all will eat mixed food. Like us, they love variety, and mixed feeding adds more tastes, textures and aromas to their bowl.
Mixing wet and dry dog food means your dog gets the best of both worlds. It can make mealtimes extra special – and win over the pickiest of eaters.
Mythbuster: dogs don’t get bored with eating the same thing over and over
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Want to change to a mixed diet?
- Any changes need time
- Dog’s digestions are sensitive
- It’s easy to inadvertently cause an upset stomach
- Just take it slow
- Introduce new food gradually, by adding a bit more each day.
Get those mixed portions right
The way dry food is baked means that it has more calories per mouthful than wet food. So when it comes to mixing wet and dry dog food, it may appear that there’s a bigger portion of wet food than dry.
But it’s the number of calories, rather than the amount of food, that’s important when feeding your dog a mixed diet.
When you’re a tails.com customer you don’t have to think about serving sizes, as you get a total feeding plan as part of your monthly delivery. Because our customers tell us everything about their dogs when they sign up (or update their online account when things change), we tailor their dog’s food down to the last mouthful.
- the right nutrition
- in the right portions
- great for your dog
- and great for you, too.
We’re going to be biased (it is our blog after all) but our range of 15 wet food recipes are backed by science – just like our tailored dry food – free from added artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, and fortified with vitamins and minerals.
When it comes to your dog’s nutrition, this wet food means they get protein from meat and fish for healthy body condition, and they’re a natural source of fatty acids for healthy skin and glossy coats.
Is dry food better for teeth?
Dry food helps reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar (also known as calculus) and dogs love the crunch. Regular brushing is best, and good quality dental chews help. (Our Dental Dailies are made with pumice, and star-shaped to get into more nooks and crannies – find out more.)
Related blog: Your dog’s dental health