Blending the two types of food is a great approach to make mealtime more enjoyable for your dog. Puppy proof your home before getting one and do your homework before making any drastic dietary changes to your dog. It includes finding the best dog food and figuring out how much your pet needs to eat.
When settling on a certain brand of dog food, it’s important to consider your dog’s breed, age, size, and any special dietary needs or allergies. There are various brands and products, each with advantages and special components. There isn’t a single dog food brand equivalent to every other.
What Is Mix Feeding Feeding For Dogs?
Blend feeding, also known as combination feeding, is the practice of regularly providing wet and dry dog food to your dog. It’s a wonderful method to provide your pet with the nutritional advantages of both wet and dry food.
Your dog will get the required nutrients from a combination of dry and wet food, but adding wet food will keep your dog hydrated and provides more variety in its diet. Particularly helpful for dogs that are picky eaters or who consistently refuse their dog food.
Reasons why you should consider Mix Feeding for your dog
To spice up your dog’s lunch
The flavor, form, texture, and aroma of your dog’s food are all factors in how they respond to it. Many canines stick to the same dry food for the entirety of their tummies’ existence. Including some wet food in your dog’s diet may reawaken their appetite and rekindle their interest in eating.
Advantages of mix feeding
Although both wet and dry dog diets provide all the nutrients your dog needs, offering a variety of foods will provide even more benefits.
You should feed your dog dry food since the crunchiness of the meal aids with dental hygiene. Dry dog food, especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs, will typically have a higher carbohydrate content and nutrient density.
Because of the high nutrient density, portions are often smaller, but you may transport the packets in greater quantities. The 15- or 20-kilogram packages offered by several manufacturers are a fantastic way to save. Dog owners often find it more convenient to feed their pets dry food (quicker and cleaner).
Hydration in dogs can be challenging, but feeding them wet dog food is a simple approach to up their water consumption. Dry pet food typically only has about 8-10% water, but wet dog food can have as much as 85 percent water.
If your dog doesn’t drink much water or is a small breed prone to urinary illnesses, this is a great option for you. You shouldn’t replace water with wet dog food to avoid dehydrating your dog. Keep a clean bowl of water handy at all times. Wet dog food is beneficial for growing pups because it usually has a higher protein and fat content.
You can help picky canines get their food by feeding them
Wet dog food is a good alternative to dry biscuits if your dog refuses to eat them. Wet dog food is a good way to encourage your dog to eat more of its meal because of its delicious smell and meaty texture. Spread the flavor and moisture evenly by thoroughly stirring the wet food into the biscuits with a spoon. If you put the wet food on top of the dry dog food, picky eaters will consume it.
Dogs with weight issues may benefit from a diet that includes mixed foods
Calories per gram in wet dog food are significantly lower than in dry dog food. Therefore, if your dog is overweight, you may want to consider including some wet food in its diet. As a rule of thumb, the protein content of wet dog food is higher, the carbohydrate content is lower, and the calorie content is lower than that of dry dog food of the same weight.
Knowing how many calories your dog needs and practicing portion control are crucial steps toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for your pet. To determine what wet to dry dog food ratio is best, read the feeding instructions carefully.
How can I provide my dog with a balanced diet of dry and wet food?
There are typically three ways to combine foods for your dog’s diet.
- Combine dry and wet ingredients
- Periodically, on alternating days (one wet food, one dry food)
- Swap your meals every so often (morning or night wet food, and dry food for the other meal or grazing)
Dog owners frequently ask us for advice on what their pets should eat, how to pick the best dog food, and what their dogs prefer to eat. There is no one correct mix feeding method; it all depends on the individual and the circumstances. Some canines like to eat dry food and wet food once a day. Whereas some animals do better when they eat wet and dry food simultaneously, others have specific preferences.
Your dog’s eating schedule and routine, as well as your own, should be considered when deciding on mealtimes and mix feedings.
The amount of wet food added to dry dog food varies
Controlling your dog’s portions is as simple as finding the right mix of dry and canned food. Ensure your dog maintains a balanced diet. It is more important to pay attention to the number of calories in food than the actual amount.
Your dog may need some time to acclimate to a mix feeding diet, as different types and brands of dog food have varying ingredient and nutrient densities.
Do not overfeed your dog by giving it an unreasonably large amount of wet or dry food; instead, consider the dog’s breed, age, size, and special dietary needs and measure the entire amount of food.
Wet food has fewer calories per gram than dry food, so feeding your dog a mixture of the two can trick them into thinking they’re getting more food. That is because regulating your dog’s caloric intake is more important than limiting its food intake. Your veterinarian is a good resource if you need further advice on how much food to give your dog.