At times dogs can be finicky. You’ve discovered a favorite dry brand for your dog and now your pet won’t eat. A hunger strike puts an owner in a precarious position. What do you try to encourage consumption now, and do you just pack up the dog and race to the Vet’s office? I think not. A bit of variety is something everyone enjoys. I am suggesting your dog is no different. In this article I will discuss the benefits of feeding dry vs. wet foods to your dogs.
Comparison: Wet vs. Dry
The dry dog food vs. wet dog food facts speak for themselves here. The shelf life and ease of use is the reason that I typically serve dry foods to my dog. They are affordable and contain all the vet recommended nutrients my dog needs. The problem is that over time, the dog simply will not consume the food. The dog is just bored with dinner. My dog’s dry food dinner sits there unhampered with while the firestorm of begging for treats has begun. A couple of really flavorful brands that I have found to break my dog from this habit are Beneful and Alpo dry dog foods. I’ve gotten better responses with these two than any others I’ve fed regularly. Alpo is a tried and true staple for dog owners and has been served for years. Beneful is a newer product and caters to the likes of smaller dogs. Again, an excellent choice for a dry feed when searching for variety and value.
Adding wet food to your dogs diet satisfies cravings and the need for a more savory bite. Increased moisture levels are excellent for bringing back Fido’s appetite and aid in ease of elimination. By all means, if you believe your dog is suffering from a serious malady, please do the right thing by your pet and provide them with professional care. There are some dry foods on the market today that cater to your dogs need for a softer meal. A great example of this? Gravy Train. Gravy Train can be served both wet and dry. Just add water. Most manufacturers offer both wet and dry versions of their products allowing owners to mix and match and further surprise and delight their pooches at meal time. For us, both styles of food should be fed for optimum health.
FROM OUR TABLE
Nulo Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth
Now, I realize this may open up a new can of worms….the wide world of broth. However, I just wanted to let you know that this broth was received well and spiced up my dogs appetite today for the usual dry bowl of food. I served the Nulo pouch at room temperature over one half cup dry kibbles after allowing the broth to absorb for two minutes. This product travels well, is easily stored in the pantry, and has a great price.
OKAY NOW, TIME FOR A WALK
It is raining out today, and well, I am not thrilled to have to do my duty. Where are those poo bags? I am starting out by preparing a post walk basket for the door. In today’s reception basket we have 1 thirsty towel. I tend to stock up on towels for the worst days at the local Goodwill. A dog brush for removing leaves, pine needles, burrs, and mud. 1 pair of tweezers for anything slightly more serious. 1 pair of flip-flops for me. 1 bottle of dog shampoo. 1 garbage bag to hold wet shoes and socks, the umbrella, the used dog towel, and the dog lead. There is no avoiding the splash the dog makes as it hurries through the puddles. The rain makes for unusually fun dog races with the other pooches. I have learned that an old coat that you don’t care about works best when calling the dog back once the fun is over. I am invariably jumped on, high fived, kissed and slobbered upon in appreciation for hanging in there. Even in the rain, I serve.
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The Doggy Perspective