Types of Dog Food

With so many choices available in the dog food aisle it’s not surprising that picking a product for your dog can seem quite complicated. There are three ways to feed your dog. A wet dog food diet, a dry dog food diet or mixed dog food diet when you feed both wet and dry.

Complete or complementary dog food

If you have a look at the packaging on dog food you often see the words “complete “or “complementary”.

Complete dog food is providing your dog with 100% of its nutritional needs. It’s a complete, balanced meal that can be fed on its own without the need for supplements. Complete dog food can be wet or dry.

Complementary dog food is not a complete, balanced meal. It may be a dry mixer product, a treat or even some types of wet dog food. This is providing some of the goodness but not the total package, it’s missing some of the essential nutrients your dog needs to be fit and healthy.

Wet dog food

Wet dog food comes in cans, pouches, foil trays or plastic tubs.

What are the benefits of wet dog food?

There are several benefits of wet dog food. It contains more moisture than dry dog food and is easy to digest. Dogs are carnivores, natural meat eaters and their digestive systems are designed for eating meat so wet dog food with meat is closest to what they’d chose to eat. You can tell that if you watch your dog wolf it down!

Meat is a great source of balanced and complete protein and it meets your dog’s needs. They also seem to enjoy the taste and texture of wet dog food.

Wet dog food has far fewer calories than dry dog food so dogs can be fed a bigger portion of wet dog food for the same amount of calories.  Therefore wet dog food is harder to overfeed and there is less chance of overeating so it can be easier to keep to a healthy weight.

Wet dog food is good for puppies as they usually find it easier to chew and digest. They also benefit from its high moisture content as they need to take in plenty of fluids.

Dry dog food

Dry dog food as its name suggests has a lower water content than wet dog food.

What are the benefits of dry dog food?

Chewing on the different harder textures of any good quality complete dry dog food promotes good dental health and strong teeth as the kibble helps to remove plaque and tartar.

Dry dog food also has a low odour. It’s convenient and easy to store. If space is at a premium it doesn’t take up as much room as wet dog food as the portions are smaller and the packaging is less bulky.

If you want your dog to eat dry dog food but they aren’t taking to it, try softening the food with a little warm water to make it moister.

What is mixed dog feeding?

If you can’t decide, why not try mixed feeding of both wet and dry dog food? You are giving them the best of both worlds. A mix of textures, meaty goodness with an extra crunch.

You’ll also be giving your dog the oral health benefits of dry with the meaty taste they love from wet dog food.

Dog treats

We all like to give our dog a treat every now and then. Treats are great for dog training and for rewards. They shouldn’t be given too often as they are often high in calories and will add extra pounds to your dog if you’re not careful.

Like us dogs have an optimum daily calorie intake. There should be around a 10% reduction in their food at mealtimes if you are feeding treats throughout the day.

Trial of wet dog food

If you want to trial your dog on wet dog food before fully committing to an everyday feed Take up The Butcher’s 10-Day Taste Challenge! Swap your dog’s normal meals for 10 days and see how happy Butcher’s wet dog food can make them!

Remember when changing over food do this gradually over a 7 day period as it may cause a stomach upset.