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Canned Food

Feeding my dogs a small amount of canned dog food each day has always been a part of my routine.  My guys love it!  I might even go so far as to say I think they would totally boycott their hard food if I stopped giving them their night feeding with a scoop some meaty recipe a can.  Of course I am careful as to which brand/kind of can food a use (I currently use Merrick), but I do in fact use it everyday.  I think I might be in the minority though.  Seems more and more dog people I speak to tell me they only feed dry food, day in and day out.  Maybe I'm missing the boat here, but I see some definite benefits to feeding wet food moderation.

-adds water to the diet
-increases interest through stronger taste and smell
-easy to chew and swallow for older dogs or dogs with health/mouth issues

What are your thoughts???



  1. I always add something to Stella's kibble. Any leftover meat, or eggs, or stew/soup. If I am out of those things, I will put a tablespoon of finely grated cheese over the kibble. Now here is how I know she likes it and to what degree. After the bowl is ready, I hold it above her nose, and if she loves it, she bumps the bottom of the bowl very hard! If it is just so-so (cheese), she sort of gives it a weak tap with her snoot. I have also used a tablespoon of cottage cheese, or yogurt. I buy her a good quality kibble, so I am not interested in buying
    canned dog food enhancer! lol In other words, I can almost always find something good for her that she will like (green beans!) in my fridge.


    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  2. We do wet in the morning and dry at night. So a bit of both. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. We are free fed pups and it works out well for us. Of course mom supplements with fruits and veggies. Every day for lunch we get some carrots and chicken. But we don't know what would be wrong with supplementing with canned.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. That's great, I bet Murray really enjoys his treat!
    Lynne x

  5. We have always given our dogs a mix of hard/soft food as per our Vet's recommendation. They love it too!

  6. Canned food is typically less processed, and contains fewer (if any) preservatives than dry food. It does add much needed moisture. What dog doesn't like a bit of variety? I wouldn't want to eat the exact same thing, day in and day out.

  7. We don't do canned food, neither us dogs nor the cats. Mom doesn't like the way it smells and the mess it makes. I love water, so I drink plenty of water. My big sister doesn't drink as much as she should but she seems to be okay. Mom and I do a lot of baking and making of other homemade treats so we get variety. We also get some fruit with our breakfast and occasionally yogurt. Nothing wrong with canned food, though, just not the right thing for us. By the way, lots of humans think I am a golden doodle because my face has a lot of similarity :)

  8. We do just a scoop of wet food. Being little dogs the amount of protein in Merrick concerns my Mom and Dad but man the ingredients on the Merrick can seem yummy

  9. That looks great. Roxy won't eat plain kibble, so SHE has to put pureed stuffs on ours--baby food sometimes, or sardines, or Peanut Butter gravy!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  10. What lucky pups to get a bit of wet food in their diet. On special occasions, our dogs get some wet food. They're not picky eaters, so making their food more enticing has never been an issue. I will say that they get A LOT of healthy treats like dehydrated liver, chicken feet, breast, etc.

  11. I am primarily a raw feeder but feed a high-end kibble and organic canned food mixed together when we travel or if I forget to thaw some of their raw food.

    I think that canned is a great addition to kibbles just so long as you buy high quality brands, not the grocery store stuff.

  12. That sounds like a great idea! I think I may have to start feeding my three some canned food with their dry food. I bet they would love it!

  13. You are right about the benefits there. It seems like older dogs get the canned goodness more so than younger dogs. I'll admit that I only buy dry for my dog, but she gets an occasional can here or there. And sometimes I boil her up some meat.

  14. I feed mostly dry but I do add a bit of canned to their food or some other topper like yogurt most days. Norbert will not eat without a topper of some kind. I also add water to their food unitl the kibbles are floating

    urban hounds

  15. We have never fed canned food to the dogs. Before we had dogs, we only had cats, and for them canned food was not as good for their teeth, and higher in fat. So we just never did it, and then when we got dogs I guess we just figured it was the same thing! I guess we're afraid if we give them just a little that then they will want it all the time. I suppose that's not such a bad thing, but it is a bit more work. I bet they'd love it though! We do give them different treats, of high quality and also homemade, so they get their variety that way. It's something to keep in mind though.

  16. That sounds like a good idea! I likes my kibbles LOTS, so I don't gets extras usually, butts I do like the can stuffs! I thinks it's yummy, and I'm goin' to demand a change on the homestead!! Oh, and Ma says that that Merrick Co. is pawsome!
    Ruby ♥

  17. The seniors get kibble with a little canned mixed in (I like the Weruva canned) and it moistens it a bit for them--The others just get the veggie's with their kibble, but I have to admit, that I've stirred a spoon full of canned for extra flavor--They love it too!


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