Dry Food vs. Wet Food for Bulldogs

bulldog dry vs wet food

When it comes to choosing between dry food and wet food for your English bulldog, One Size Fits All does not apply. Most dogs prefer the smelly, juicy, meaty canned food over the crunchy, less aromatic dry food. But there are a number of other considerations to take into account when choosing between the two.

Pros | Where Wet Food Wins

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  • High water content: Good for hydration, especially for pets that are older, ailing, living in hot climates or not drinking enough water. Water intake can also have a bearing on urinary tract health, helping to prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Fuller filling: That high water content can help your dog feel fuller, faster, while getting the same amount of nutrients in a larger portion of dry food, a perfect pick for dogs that need to lose weight.
  • Taste and aroma: Picky eaters or dogs that are old, sick or have a reduced sense of smell may be lured into eating wet food by the juicy flavor and strong odor.
  • Mushy: The mushy texture can be a plus for dogs with sensitive gums or missing teeth.

Cons | Where Wet Food Fails

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  • Short lifespan: Goes bad in an hour or so without refrigeration, a day or two with it.
  • Stinky: Stinky to us humans in this case, however, can be rich and delightful to your dog.
  • Costly and Messy: No further explanation needed.

Pros | Where Dry Food Wins

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  • Convenient: Scoop out a portion, fill the bowl, and call feeding time complete.
  • Lifespan: General dog forum consensus says an open bag of dry food can stay good for up to three months, while food in the bowl lasts all day, perfect for slow-eaters or grazers.
  • Expense: Dry food is typically much less expensive than a regular diet of canned food.
  • Fairly stink-free: Unless you go for the salmon variety.
  • Crunchy: The tough exterior can satisfy your dog’s urge to chew while helping to clean tartar off teeth and massage gums.

Cons | Where Dry Food Fails

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  • Meat byproducts: Dry food may contain more meat byproducts rather than quality protein. In low-quality dry foods, this may include anything from hooves to restaurant waste, according to holistic vet Jean Hofve.
  • Fillers: Grain, corn and other fairly useless fillers often make up a chunk of dry food ingredients (read the labels!).
  • Animal fat: Dry food is often sprayed with animal fats infused with flavorings and preservatives to ensure a long shelf life. While typically safe, the animal fat sprays have been linked to gas, diarrhea, sensitive stomachs and bad breath.
  • Gluten: Some low-end dry foods often contain high levels of vegetable proteins, such as soybean meal, plant protein concentrates and corn gluten meal, to get the protein levels up to standard. While dogs are able to break down and digest both vegetable and animal protein, animal protein generally provides a higher nutritional value.

Dry Food or Wet Food? | Nutritional Comparisons

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High-quality dry or wet dog food can provide the essential ingredients and nutritional balance your dog needs for the healthiest life. Low-quality versions of either food types can be basically, well, crap. High cost alone is not going to necessarily denote high quality; it’s always important to read the label.

That said, wet food typically comes out on top when it comes the specific percentages of protein, fat and carbohydrates. In nature, a dog’s diet would be high in protein and moisture – and largely devoid of carbs.

Because carbohydrates are not part of a dog’s natural diet, most of the calories from carbs are rapidly converted into fat. Holistic Veterinarian Jean Hofve pinpoints this as a top cause for pet obesity.

High protein meshes with the dog’s natural diet. It also gives a needed boost to younger pups and active dogs to help build muscle and sustain energy levels.

Natural fat is an essential part of a dog’s balanced diet, and your pooch doesn’t have to worry about high cholesterol or other human health issues that can stem from a high-fat diet. In fact, PetMD says a diet that is too low in fat can result in itchy skin, dull coat, diminished immune system and other problems like diabetes and heart disease.

Wet vs. Dry Food  |  Carbohydrate Comparison

english bulldogs carbs carbohydrates

  • Wet: Lower carbohydrates (18-57%)
  • Dry: Higher carbohydrates (46-74%)

Wet vs. Dry Food  |  Protein Comparison

English Bulldogs Protein

  • Wet: Higher protein (28-50%)
  • Dry: Lower protein (18-32%)

Wet vs. Dry Food  |  Fat Comparison

english bulldogs fat in diet

  • Wet: Higher natural fat (28-50%)
  • Dry: Lower natural fat (8-22%)


>> Conclusion

Your bulldog’s diet doesn’t have to consist of only one food type. Feeding a combination of dry and wet food can give you the benefits of both as part of a balanced diet.

Got Recommendations or Warnings For Other Bulldog Owners? Share your experiences with dry and wet food in the comments section.

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  1. Is Your Dog a Picky Eater? My dog certainly is. It gets expensive to feed bulldogs and my boy dislikes nearly all food I’ve tried to give him.


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