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Canned vs dry for dogs

Mia101
May 7th, 2008, 01:59 AM
Canidae recommends 25% canned. She'd rather eat canned every day only forever,,,,but what is in the best interests of her health?

TeriM
May 7th, 2008, 02:28 AM
All things considered canned would probably be better then kibble but it is also a very expensive way to feed. I personally feed raw but like the idea of switching up the canned foods fairly regularly and adding them to kibble. Evo makes some great all meat canned and I think Wellness makes some good stuff as well. I would tend to agree with the 25% - 35% rule but make sure to factor the calorie difference not just volume.

Kristin7
May 19th, 2008, 11:34 AM
My dog gets both... he is not fond of kibble, so I top it off with 1/2 can per day with his dinner, which is likely in the 25-35% range of his diet. He loves the canned food and is much more enthused about eating since I started doing this. Sometimes I throw in some other stuff, leftover rice, yogurt, or other foods he might like and that works too. His coat has improved a lot, it is very shiny and no dandruff or itchies.

geisha
May 19th, 2008, 08:40 PM
Yup, my pups love a topping of canned as well. The fish based foods are way too yummy!!!! California Naturals makes a smelly salmon, mackerel sweet potato canned. It's good for their long haired coats:thumbs up

happycats
May 19th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I also mixed canned with his dry kibble, or he wouldn't even eat dry kibble!
I mix one small can with 1 cup kibble.

Masha
May 19th, 2008, 09:04 PM
Our guy is also not a big fan of kibble alone. We top it with a few table spoons of canned Merricks and we add some home cooked chicken or salmon.

Furryland
May 20th, 2008, 10:13 AM
The youngest pup i do what i call a mash and take his merrick puppyplate and merrick PP dry and mix it together.. i do this in small amounts a couple times a day..

seems to be working he is growing like a weed LOL

jcampbell21
May 20th, 2008, 11:32 AM
My chihuahua-****zu gets blue buffalo puppy formula chicken in the morning and at night, and blue buffalo canned in the middle of the day. Seems to be working for him, he was having trouble with kibble for a while but when we added canned in, he became much happier

Chaser
May 20th, 2008, 11:37 AM
Chase prefers a mix as well....just enough wet to coat his kibble. I would stay away from wet exclusively though, for the sake of your pup's dental health. Maybe of you fed some raw bones it would be okay? Also remember what goes in wet tends to come out the same...:yuck:

Purpledomino
June 6th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Chase prefers a mix as well....just enough wet to coat his kibble. I would stay away from wet exclusively though, for the sake of your pup's dental health. Maybe of you fed some raw bones it would be okay? Also remember what goes in wet tends to come out the same...:yuck:

It's my opinion that canned food has endured a terribly bad rap. As a matter of fact I think it is a far superior product to be feeding generally than most kibbles. (High quality of course!) Kibble is highly processed, and canned usually contains more real meat ingredients than dry. It's my personal belief that kibble is not the cure-all for dental issues with dogs...regular brushing of tartar and especially recreational chewing of bones takes care of that better.

I have to note.....anything wet that goes into your dog will NOT come out wet. Adding more moisture in your dogs diet is a good thing, and if there is a problem with diarrhea, that would not be just because it was canned. That would be another issue altogether.

Chaser
June 6th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Thanks Purpledomino - I should note that I have learned better since this post. That was the result of listening to the staff of a certain large petstore chain, which I have since boycotted. :o at my misinformation....