Wet Dry Food?

October 2010 008

(There is a treat in there…)

In the old days – read: before Sissy – I gave little thought to feeding my dogs.  Oh sure, we bought what we thought was quality kibble, we’d add yums here and there, only using moist/canned/whatever you want to call it dog food when needed (Fred, our first basset, had a diganosis of “garbage gut” so tummy troubles aren’t totally new to us), or for a special treat.  I was raised to think that dry food was better than wet because it helped clean the dog’s teeth.  Never mind that we always have treated rather liberally, usually with crunchy treats.

Now, there are so many conflicting reports, including this latest pause for thought from Nature’s Logic.   Of course, Wondervet has the last word on what Sis eats and how, but I’m curious…  do you moisten your dog’s kibble?  If so, why? 

We have moistened kibble for senior dogs, for sick dogs, or for a picky dog who needed a little extra incentive to eat.  (Yeah, that is caninely possible, even with a hound.)

Happy Thorsday!

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6 Responses to “Wet Dry Food?”

  1. Mango Says:

    I have always added a little water to Dexter’s kibble because Dexter is such a fuss budget about drinking out of a shared water bowl that I worry he will not get enough fluids. Adding water does make the kibble release some delightful fragrances.

    Having seen kibble come back out of a dog more times than I would have liked, I can report that after a brief stay in the belly it looks about the same as it does in the bowl with water so I agree that it is designed to swell up and provide a feeling of fullness.

    As for the clean teeth… Mango and Dexter don’t seem to actually chew their kibble very much at all. I suspect the issue is more with really moist food (like canned) that would stick to teeth and cause tartar to build up.

    Mango Momma

  2. Nichole Says:

    We’ve always added a little something as a mix-in on top, whether it’s canned dog food or something like cottage cheese or yogurt. And we feed only once per day… or at least we were feeding only once per day…

    We’re actually in the middle of a Zeus episode of adjusting food and trying to find out what’s going on with him. I briefly blogged about it last week. He’s been getting fed 2x a day for over a week now, boiled hamburg & rice and I’ve started adding kibble back a few days ago. He’s still on pepcid twice a day as well… this may be something to do with age and digestion and it may have us going back to feeding twice a day on a regular basis.

  3. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning Says:

    We usually eat our kibble dry. But Mom does put a dollop of yogurt or maybe some canned food on top, not mixed. Now with Picky Phantom, his kibble cannot be tainted with anything at all. No liquid, no yogurt, no canned food. Everything needs its own separate dish:)

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  4. Jed & Abby in MerryLand, USA Says:

    Sorry we’re AWOL so much. Mama still has a gimpy right shoulder and can’t type with her right hand. We’re catching up with reading, but probably can’t comment as much as we’d like for a while. Maybe we should trade mama in on a newer model. When does the model year change for mamas?

    We always get water added to our kibble: about 1/3 cup water to 2 cups of kibble. We always get low-fat grilled chicken or hard boiled eggs added to our kibble. Jed gets rice and eggs about every other day due to his IBS, plus a dab of yogurt. [Abby is allergic to dairy]. Mama has always added water to kibble, which she learned to do when her dad was raising Great Danes. And she’s always added extra protein – usually chicken.

  5. gmariesews Says:

    Hmmm – very interesting and makes alot of sense when you consider the issue of bloat. But, my dogs would go effin’ bat nut crazy waiting for the kibble to soak enough to eat and honestly – doesn’t look very appetizing. But then kibble really doesn’t either – does it? g

  6. Katherine Says:

    In the past we always moistened dry kibble or gave our fur-babies canned food. Macy is the only dog we have ever had that has received ONLY dry kibble with no moistening. Odd, she is the healthiest dog we have ever had. I am not even suggesting that the dry food has anything to do with her health, but one has to wonder!

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