Dog owners who feed their pets dry food are promoting overall dental health and preventing canine cavities. In addition to brushing a dog's teeth, a dog owner can feed dry food to a pooch to help remove tartar from its teeth.
Veterinarians also recommend dry food to help puppies develop healthy jaw strength. Dry food is ideal for the dog who does not like chew toys, and it trains pets to slow down and chew their dinner properly.
Dry food has many other advantages over wet food. In addition to being easier to store and transport, dry food is less difficult to measure, which increases pet owners' ability to feed dogs the right portions. It also is cost-effective, and dog owners often pay less for premium dry food than wet food.
However, wet food is a good option for dogs with reduced jaw strength or those with preexisting dental problems who are unable to properly chew dry dog food. A veterinarian also may prescribe wet food for short periods of time to settle digestive problems or help a dog gain weight.
If you've already started your dog on wet food but would like to make the switch to dry, talk to your veterinarian. Most veterinarians can recommend a dry food that will meet the nutritional needs of your dog. A veterinarian also may want to monitor your dog's weight to ensure it does not lose significant weight during the transition from wet to dry food.
Most dogs will change to dry food with little fuss, but there are a few tricks to make the process easier. Expect a two week transition from wet to dry food. Start by feeding your dog one-fourth dry dog food and the remaining amount of the meal in wet food. This should help you avoid any digestive problems. Mi a little warm water with the food also should help during the initial adjustment.