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Not all animals drink as much water as they should. Wet foods can be a good source of hydration if your animal is the type that is reluctant to drink adequate amounts of water, which also means that your pet can enjoy a larger portion per meal without adding more calories to their diet. And then there are health considerations that can make wet foods a practical choice. Older animals that have lost some of their senses may be more inclined to eat a food that has a richer scent and flavor, such as wet foods often are. This is also a good alternative for when a pet is ill and cannot smell as well, or is lacking in appetite. This will assure that they are getting the proteins, vitamins, and minerals they need maintain their health. Wet foods are a good option as well for dogs with missing teeth, poorly aligned jaws, or smaller mouths.
Some dogs do naturally have a tendency to build up tartar, but there is plenty that can be done with diet to prevent it. Try a lower protein feed or one that specifically has been formulated for dental health. Several years ago, I had to put an older dog on Science Diet Oral Care, because at 2yrs old, her teeth were practically rotting out of her mouth after whelping a litter. Still don’t know the underlying cause for it, but I gave her the kibble pieces as treats, and it did help. I don’t care for the SD brand and wouldn’t recommend it, but there are certainly other brands that do make similar foods.
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You may think that because your older canine friend has missing teeth that you should avoid hard dog food. This isn’t technically the case. Some forms of food are still capable of being eaten, even without teeth. Food formulated for puppies or even small breed dogs are made to be broken down with little or even no chewing. You can feed these brands to your dog. Start with sample sizes until you find a brand your dog likes.I had two min australian shepherds but lost one at the age of 13. I used to feed both of them dry kibble. After the older one died (he suffered from quite severe arthritis) I decided to see if a different food would help the younger one who is now 7. Did what I thought was adequate evaluation of foods and decided on Honest Kitchen with canned food mixed in. This younger dog has now been on this combo for a little over 7 mo. His annual checkup was done a few weeks ago by a vet that has known him from birth. She was sooo pleased with his overall health and was ever more expressive in her comments regarding his coat. He is a blue merle and the black parts of his coat shine as if they were wet. The vet noted also that his eyes are very bright, his teeth are in better shape as to tartar accumulation. He is just overall a healthier looking dog. Now it's not that the food he was eating before was subpar (he was eating science diet) but with no canned food added. So I do think that canned food is good for dogs and I do also think that the raw foods in Honest Kitchen are extremely good for dogs. Overall it doesn't end up costing more either because the amounts eaten are less yet the weight of the dog remains the same.