It’s a question we get a lot at Tuckers. Not only what is the best dog or cat food, but what format of food – wet, dry or raw and why? Each feeding format offers specific advantages so let’s take a look at a few of them.
VARIETY – Comes in a variety of packaging types such as tray, pouch and can
FLAVOUR – Provides variety to a pet’s diet through flavour and texture
STERILE – Food is sterilised through cooking, so no preservatives are added
EASY TO CHEW – Easy to chew texture can help puppies and kittens, as well as senior pets
MOISTURE – Provides additional moisture, especially beneficial to the pet when the weather is warm. High moisture content helps maintain lower urinary tract health
SMELL – Aromas and texture can help tempt fussy eaters
Less calorie dense than dry food, so can assist with weight loss and healthy weight management
CONCENTRATED – Concentrated nutrition, so you feed less
ECONOMICAL – Dry dog food is most economical of all types
CONVENIENT – Convenient to use and store
DENTAL HEALTH – Crunchy kibbles may help improve dental health and freshen breath
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS – May contain active ingredients such as stabilised Green Lipped Mussel powder for joint health
So which one?
Wet and dry foods are equally nutritious. The important thing is that you offer your pet a diet that is complete and balanced for their life-stage.
The feeding of both wet and dry food formats together is known as ‘mixed feeding’. This method of feeding provides a pet with taste and texture variety and enables them to get the benefits that each feeding format offers. In other words, mixed feeding provides a pet with the best of both worlds, so it’s a great choice.
When feeding both ADVANCE™ wet and dry food, simply halve the recommended quantities of each product and let your pet enjoy the advantages of both formats.
What about home prepared and raw feeding?
Some pet parents want to feed the wild nature of their cats and dogs, but it’s important to remember that our couch-dwelling pets have evolved quite a bit from their days as wolves and free-roaming cats.
Cats and dogs require about 40 essential nutrients, each in the right form and in the right amount (balanced) to deliver complete nutrition. Formulating a pet’s diet means ensuring that the minimum and maximum amounts of vitamins and minerals are met – and that adds an extra element of risk to home-prepared or raw meals.
So there is a lot to consider, and a fair few strategies to choose from. Tuckers recommends you ensure whatever combination of food you feed your pet that it is balanced and nutritious. Happy pet parenting!