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Dry foods are absolutely a convenience for many pet owners. Food can be left out for hours, if not days, and not spoil. Dry foods are easier to store -- a large plastic bin with a tight lid is usually enough to keep the food fresh and safe from insects and rodents (and from pets) -- and is more economically cost-effective when feeding multiple pets. Dry kibble can also be used as an effective training treat and as a dental health supplement. Some dry foods are specially formulated and shaped to clean the teeth as the animal chews it.
Of course, dry foods do not provide as much moisture as wet foods do, something that becomes more important as an animal ages, when an animal is ill, and in dry, hot climates. In those cases, a wet food diet can be more practical.
Basically, either of these choices should satisfy your pet’s nutritional requirements as long as they are well balanced and are made with quality ingredients. It’s just a matter of which one will be best for your pet over the long term and which fits your lifestyle. Another option is to choose both wet and dry; mixing them together in the same bowl, or giving the wet food as an occasional “treat.” Talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns, since there may be particular considerations for your dog’s breed or age.
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