Mixing wet and dry dog food

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 

Related blog: Will my dog get bored eating the same food every day?

Mixed feeding

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.

Mixed feeding   Mixed feeding

Wet food 

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

15 thoughts on “Mixing wet and dry dog food”

  1. My Jack Russell is ten years old and overweight, she does not over eat, has always been quite stocky, should I be concerned and try to get her weight down?

  2. We are using a dog behaviour trainer and he’s overweight she is a god send we now his dinner into 4 portions with the kong 2 for kiddle and 2 for wet meat divided all though the day he’s losing weight and the kong is making him work for his food and his sleep and behaviour is so much better I can’t recommend it enough

  3. My puppy(a cockapoo) will not eat dry food alone, I’ve added some wet food but I’m scared in under or over feeding him. He is 10 weeks old.

  4. We have been feeding our 9 month old westie with tails dry dog food and had noticed she had stopped eating her full quota so incorporated 75 gms of your wet food which is now making her motions very runny is this mix too strong for her or will she adapt in time

    • Hi Brian,

      It sounds like she might have a bit of a sensitive tum, but that’s definitely something we can help with. If you drop us an email at hello@tails.com, or send us a message on Facebook, we’ll get this sorted for you.


  5. My dog is 5 and he won’t eat dry food only ive tried to switch him off but he just wint eat it should i just keep him on it and he is a little stocky

  6. My dog is 13 And will no longer finish a bowl of just dry food. In fact she doesn’t have much interest in Dry alone. I started mixing dry and canned and she eats the whole thing. However, she no longer choose the dry food she just swallows it whole. Is this Not a good thing for her to do?

    • My dog does the same thing. If the kibbles are small they do tend to shovel it down. He seams to be fine digestive wise but if you are concerned, you can get those bowls that slow the eating process down to make them not eat as quickly. Hope this helps,

  7. I just ordered wet and dry from you for my 2 X 1year old male Staffies do I put I tray of wet each and 2 scoops of dry each for them and do I do this twice a day or just once a day


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