Dry Dog Food
Food plays an extremely important part in dogs when it comes to a leading a healthy life – as it does for us humans too! There are a variety of choices available when it comes to selecting dog food, whether you are looking for food to cater for a dog with a specific dietary requirement, or looking for options which will your dog will find scrumptious. One big choice to make is what type of dog food to go for, dry or wet. To help we have found benefits of dry dog food vs wet dog food to make your decision a little easier.
Dry dog food benefits
Dry dog food can benefit your dog’s oral health. As your dog crunches through the dry dog food, they will be clearing their teeth of plaque and tartar. This does not only mean that their gums and teeth will be kept more healthy, but it also means that your dog will be less likely to have bad breath than a dog that exclusively or predominantly eats wet dog food.
There are some practical benefits too. Looking after a dog is a highly rewarding & joyful but it can become expensive, and so the little bonuses where you can save money are always welcome. Dry dog food like canned wet dog food isn't as expensive, making it a good option to choose.
How to store dry dog food
In addition, dry dog food is more economical as it does not need to be refrigerated once opened, making it easy to buy and store the food. You can even take it with you without any hassle when you are travelling with your dog.
All you need to do is keep it in a sealed container or bag and store it in a cool dry place. They should not be kept in sealed bags which let light through too, as this will have a ruin the quality of the food.
Check the bag for the use buy date, but if you find that you have some left over, or indeed want to benefit from a good deal and buy in bulk, then you can always place some in a freezer bag to freeze for a later date. You will need to let it completely thaw when you want to feed your dog.
Dry dog feeding guide
When it comes to feeding your dog, you should give them two meals a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. For puppies it is a light different, experts suggest that splitting the food over three to four meals will be better. It is best to keep meal times regular for puppies as this will help build a routine. Take a look at James Wellbeloved's feeding chart to find out what the recommended daily serving requirements are.
As calorie count goes, this will vary of course once more with regard to the age, size, and indeed the activity levels of your dog. Always check on the packaging of the dry dog food you buy to find out what the suggested feeding guide is, as this will give you an indication, but make sure you take your dog’s health and lifestyle status into account.
As such, you may need to adjust this if you have what you suspect is an overweight or underweight dog. Check the PFMA Pet Size-O-Meter to gauge the weight of your dog.
Feeding charts are only a guide when it comes to advising you how much food to give dog. If you are unsure about anything it is always best seek advice from your vet, as they will be able to give you advice and a more accurate plan catered to your dogs needs.
How to measure dry dog food
When you see lots of talk of ‘1 cup’ or ‘1 ½ cups’, this is not referring to any old cup, but indeed an official measurement of a measuring cup. As a result, it is necessary, if you have not already got some, to get a set of measuring cups so that you can precisely measure out a full cup or a half cup. Once you have spoken to your vet, they may give you a more specific amount which you may need to weigh out rather than measure it in a cup. For this reason, it will be advantageous to buy yourself a set of kitchen scales to give you extra precision.
Dry Dog Food at Cuddles Pet Store
Keep those tails wagging with our variety of scrumptious dry dog food from the planet's leading dry dog food brands. There’s a recipe to suit every dog, including puppies and senior dogs. We even have something for those with sensitive stomachs or weight issues.