wet dog food
Why do dog need wet dog food?

Though dry dog food has often been regarded to be good for dogs’ healthy, wet dog food can also provide balanced nutrition for your dogs through all stages of his life. Wet dog food has the following advantages.Read More

Dog Wet Food

Wet dog food, normally referred to as canned dog food, is a great source of energy and nutrition for dogs. Wet dog food has the following advantage:

Greater water content: Wet dog food is particularly valuable for hydration. If your dog doesn’t drink enough or you live in a dry, hot climate, wet dog food can keep your dog properly hydrated, according to PetMD. Even so, you should still make sure fresh water is readily available for your pup.

Helping dogs who have trouble chewing: Dogs can have issues chewing hard kibble for a variety of reasons, such as loss of teeth, misaligned jaws, or even a uniquely smallmouth. In these cases, canned dog food may be much easier for them to manage.

The smell: Older dogs lose some sense of smell, and therefore might not eat their dry food with the same gusto or interest that they used to. Wet foods normally have a richer scent and flavour that could spur an increase in appetite.

Satiety: The higher moisture content in canned food often helps a dog feel full. This may be useful in a weight management program for those dogs who appear to have an endless appetite.

How much wet food should I feed my dog?
The answer will depend on a variety of factors. Normally, the dog owner should consider the following questions before determining the right amount of wet food.

1. the size and breed of the dog
The larger the dog, the more food they will need to eat each day. Some dog breeds also may require more food than others due to faster metabolism or energy level.

2. the age of the dog
Younger dogs need more food than seniors. As dogs age, their metabolism slows down. You may want to re-evaluate your dog’s caloric needs as they get older.

3. the weight of the dog
If your pup is not at its ideal weight you’ll want to work with your vet on a diet plan specific to your pup. If your dog needs to gain weight, you will want to work with your vet to help them pack on the pounds the right way. If your pup needs to lose a few pounds, your vet can help with a diet and exercise plan to get your pup back on the right track.

4. is your dog active?
If your dog runs, hikes or competes in sporting events like agility, flyball, or dock diving they may need more calories, especially when they’re competing. Talk to your vet or a knowledgable nutritionist to make sure your dog is in optimal shape to compete.

Here is a wet dog food feeding guidelines:
When feeding your dog with 400g canned dog food, veterinarians suggest:

A 5-pound dog needs 3/8s of a can per day.
A 10-pound dog needs 3/4s of a can per day.
A 20-pound dog needs 1 + 1/8s of a can per day.
A 40-pound dog needs 1 + 3/4s of a can per day.
A 60-pound dog needs 2 + 1/4s of a can per day.
An 80-pound dog needs 2 + 1/2s of a can per day.
A 100-pound dog needs 3 + 1/4s of a can per day.

This suggestion is suitable for most of the wet dog food, but the dog owner should take the dog food manufacturer advice as the priority.

An unopened can of dog food can remain fresh for years when stored in a cool and dry location, according to the “best by” dates marked on the container. Once opened, canned food should be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than seven days. If you do not think you will use the whole can in that amount of time, freeze single-serve portions and thaw them on an as-needed basis.

Canned food that has been opened and left at room temperature should be discarded after four hours. And the bowl should be cleaned before refilling.