Why feed canned food to your dog or cat? A lot of people don’t know much about canned food, but it has plenty of benefits. Canned food tends to have a higher overall protein content then kibble. The moisture content is great for both dogs and cats, and it almost always gets finicky eaters to gobble down their meal. The downside is the cost, bacteria if left out, and it can cause weight gain.
Canned food tends to have more protein then kibble because the meats in the food are closer to their original state, they also require less carbohydrates and binding agents which are used to keep kibble together. This is especially great for cats since they are carnivores and do not need grains. This provides great protein rich food which both dogs and cats thrive on.
The moisture content in canned food is an awesome feature. Cats generally don’t like water, so it is a nice way to sneak moisture into their diet; because they will generally lick up the gravy in canned food. For older dogs or dogs with dental issues the high moisture content helps make it easier for them to get the food down without the need to chew.
Finicky or picky dogs can be a pain. Some dogs are just stubborn and will go 2-3 days without eating to prove their point. Dogs will not starve themselves, but as an owner it is alarming when your dog goes this long without food. If you have never tried canned food as a topper we at Poudre Pet and Feed Supply highly recommend it for these situations. Most dogs cannot resist the food when you put a little bit of canned food on it!
There are a few things about canned food that make some people steer away. The cost is usually the first. Canned food tends to be a little pricey if you are trying to feed it alone. We recommend a good mix of can and dry food. When feeding canned food, do not leave it out for more than one hour as bacteria will begin to form much quicker than dry food. Since canned food is much higher in protein and fat than kibble it is easy for us humans to feed too much. This can cause obesity in our pets which will lessen their quality of life, so again we will recommend a mixture of canned and dry food which will keep pets at a healthy weight!
In the end do not be afraid of canned food, it is a great way to keep your pets happy and healthy and there is nothing better than that!!Sources