The great pet food debate on which is better between dry and wet pet food just never seems to stop. Both of them have pros and cons that need to be weighed out carefully before deciding which one is best for your pet. However, given the facts, more and more pet owners are now into mixed feeding pet food. This practice maximizes the benefits of both dry and wet pet food thus giving pets the best of both worlds, a balanced and complete diet with increased palatability and variety.
The practice of mixed feeding in pets does not necessarily mean mixing both wet and dry food before offering the meal to your pet. You don’t really need to serve both at the same time. You can feed dry pet food in the morning and wet food in the evening.
Before making a significant change on your pet’s diet, it is recommended that you consult with your veterinarian to make sure that your pet is still receiving a complete and balanced diet that is appropriate for their lifestage and health profile.
Wet and dry food differ in the calories that are available per gram. Thus, when it comes to mixed feeding, it is NOT just simply swapping half a cup of kibble for half a cup of canned pet food. Just to make sure, it is recommended that you consult with your veterinarian regarding portion control and ratio between wet and dry pet food.
A transition period will give enough time for the animal’s system to get used to the new diet. The introduction of the new diet should gradually take place over a number of days. Start by mixing a small amount of the new diet while gradually decreasing the old one. Over a period of 7-10 days, gradually alter the proportions in favor of the new diet until you’re serving the mixed food diet on the 7th or 10th day.
Here are some popular combination of dry and wet food recommended by experts:
Feel free to mix up the combinations and experiment on which pairs work the best or your pet. Happy testing, and bon appetit!