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Q: Do you recommend mixing a "wet" dog food product with the dry dog food?

September 9, 2009 | By Amy N. | 6 answers | Expired: 1765 days ago

Amy N.

When I was younger my mom used to buy Alpo and mix a little of it together with the dry food to make a "gravy" for our dog. I am just wondering if it is better to do this or if the dry food is acceptable alone.

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Zak C.
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Sep 14, 2009

Mixing wet food in with your dogs food isn't bad as long as it's in small amounts. Too much wet food can sometimes make your dogs teeth dirty. The dry food helps scrape the plaque off the teeth and keep them clean. Also your dog could begin to get spoiled and expect to ALWAYS have wet food on top. So when your tight budget wise and can't grab your dog's favorite food topper they won't eat it.

It's a win lose situations sometimes but it's not a bad thing to feed your dog wet food, just be sure it's all natural, grain free etc. Or if you want stray away from the norm you can try a teaspoon of plain yogurt or canned unseasoned pumpkin on top. Frozen green beans are a nice touch every now and then too.

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Pitbullluvr17
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Sep 13, 2009

It really is up to the owner. if the dog chews on bones and hard dog treats it is getting plenty of rough stuff. But brushing the teeth is always good. My dogs like having wet with dry, they won't eat dry alone, we just do like a spoonful or two of wet with a half cup dry twice a day and they seem pretty happy.

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Jillian
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Sep 11, 2009

dry dog food is better for your dogs teeth, but what many people don't realize is that you should be brushing your dogs teeth a few times a week anyway. dental care is extremely important to an animals hygiene b/c bad teeth allow bacteria to enter the system. wet food is generally healthier for your dog, when you're dealing w/basic dog food such as iams, euckaneuba, hills, any of the popular brand names. this is b/c of the meat proteins ratio. most dry food is very misleading and if you see corn on the label of a dry dog food, you can pretty much bet that it's the most prominent ingredient even when it's not the first on the ingredients list. this is b/c those amounts were calculated before the moisture content was removed. by mixing dry food w/wet, you'd actually be doing your dog a favor beyond just how it tastes. to find a good dog food, check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ and aim for four stars and above.

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Kris
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Sep 10, 2009

I tend to use only dry food because I have been told it is better for the dog's teeth. I think dry alone is acceptable. However, I don't think there is anything wrong if you want to mix some wet food with the dry. I am sure your dog will enjoy it. Just make sure you look at the ingredients and choose good quality foods. I remember when I was little, my grandparents also mixed Alpo canned food with their dogs dry food and he never had any problems. They did not have the food choices back then that they do now.

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Sheltervt
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Sep 09, 2009

As Mary said below, there is nothing wrong with mixing a little high quality canned food with a little high quality dry food to create a more savory flavor and to provide a little dietary moisture for your dogs or cats. The key is, whatever you feed, go for quality... no corn, wheat, soy, glutens, vegetable proteins, or byproducts.

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Mary C.
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Sep 09, 2009

We all like a little variety! I find nothing wrong with mixing a little good quality canned food in with your dry food. Stay away from grocery store brands, most are not healthy, look for a natural food in your local pet stores. I use a grain free, just a teaspoon for my little dogs only for their "breakfast", the other meals are just dry. I don't reccommend just canned though because they do need the kibble to keep their teeth strong and tarter free.

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