WHICH IS BEST:
HARD OR SOFT DOG FOOD?
owners are faced with a dilemma regarding what
type of dog food to provide their dogs. Dogs themselves tend to
prefer the moist, canned types of food. They are more aromatic
and naturally tempting to the dog’s palate than the dry kibble
that comes in a bag. A dog’s dental health, however, relies on
the dog being able to chew hard and crunchy items and dry
kibble foods serve this purpose well. What’s an owner to do?
Some owners make a
two pronged approach when selecting dog food for their furry friends.
They will mix a portion of dry food
with canned, effectively giving their dog the "best of both worlds." If
you are feeding canned food to your dog, you’ll definitely want to
supplement it in some way with something that the dog can chew and
crunch. Chew toys and dog biscuits or treats can help to serve this
Remember that a
dog’s health depends greatly on the nutritional value of its food. A
dog is only as healthy as the food that it
eats, in many respects. The food you buy for your dog should meet its
nutritional needs as best as possible, whether it is dry or moist.
Unfortunately when it comes to dog food you get what you pay for. Store
brands and generics tend to be made with cheaper ingredients and lots
of fillers. They’ll feed your dog, but they may not be the best choices
for it. The more expensive brands like Solid Gold and Flint River Ranch
which claim that they are "specially formulated" really, to a certain
extent, are. They will have higher quality ingredients and are better
suited to meet your dog’s needs.
Truly, as long as
you are providing a good method for your dog to work out its choppers
on a regular basis, it doesn’t matter whether you’re using dry food or
moist. During regular veterinary checkups your vet will examine the
dog’s teeth and will warn you if there’s any issue that needs to be
corrected by providing a different type of food or some dietary
The reason that
dogs need to be able to chew on hard materials is twofold. It
strengthens their teeth and works out the muscles of their jaw, keeping
the teeth strong and the jaws powerful. It also provides a form of
dental care. Owners should brush their dogs’ teeth at least twice a
week. If this is not possible, however, crunchy foods like kibble and
biscuits act as a sort of natural toothbrush for the dog, loosening
and tartar and cleaning the teeth.
Choosing the right
food for your dog is important, both for the pooch’s nutritional needs
and its good dental health. If you prefer to provide your dog the
tastier soft, moist foods that come in a can that’s fine, just make
sure you’re also providing something for Rover to really sink his teeth
Author: Kirsten Hawkins is a dog lover and animal
expert from Nashville, TN. Visit http://www.doghealth411.com/
for more information on dog health, the care of dogs, and dog travel.