Wet or Dry--which is better?!
I took an impromptu quiz on Facebook to see what you all are feeding your fur-family and wasn't surprised to find that most of you feed a mixture of both. Hi all, Amanda here. I amwriting on my new blog in my new website (check it out, it is pretty amazing!). So, who wants a little more info?
Most of the sites that I checked (PetWebMD.com, Petfinder.com, Simplewag.com) agreed with my readers. A mixture is the best combination. Both have special and unique qualities that we will explain below.
Let's start with wet. Wet food smells so good! Dogs and cats have stronger noses than humans, so things that smell regular to you smells SO GOOD to your dog or cat. The protein content in wet food is higher, as is the moisture level. Most dogs will drink water to make up the difference but some of those finicky cats need that extra bit of moisture in their diet. The people I polled, plus the clients I have cared for, typically do dry food with a "treat" of wet. Not to mention those pill meatballs we try to sneak by our beloved :)
Dry food has a better standing in most homes based on its convenience and cost. Most people I know will do anything necessary to make their fur-family safe and healthy; please don't think they are somehow doing less by choosing dry food based on the lower cost. Dry food is just as nutritionally complete as wet food. Giving your pet a treat of wet food makes them appreciate their meal even more than they already do since it came from their favorite person (or favorite dog walker!).
But Amanda, what about raw food or homemade food? Much like breastfeeding or feeding formula to your precious baby--no wrong answer! Both are nutritionally sound and wonderful for your fur-love. One of my pals from A.P.P. said that she gives her dog organic canned pumpkin and coconut oil with his dry food and several others we care for add something yummy and nutritional to their pet's food. Pumpkin (not pie filling!) has natural fiber and helps with urinary health. Coconut oil, according to Dr. Pema Melu, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, MD, explains that medium-chain fatty acids, like coconut oil, help with physical and digestive ailments because they are “directly absorbed in the GI tract and go directly to the liver where they are metabolized into utilizable energy.” (©1999-2017 petMD, LLC.) Just make sure what you are adding is appropriate for dogs or cats--they don't eat everything you do!
The bottom line is this--care for your pets like they are the most important people in your lives and they will return the favor. All my clients give their pets food that is equivalent to what they themselves eat in the way that they check all the ingredients and give them the best. Hiring Amanda's Paw Pals, LLC would be along the same lines :)
PEACE LOVE AND PAWS!