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Wet Dog Food or Dry Dog Food: Which is Best?

by Burns Team Writer

Can’t decide between wet or dry dog food? There’s a good reason for that. There are so many wet and dry dog food diets on the market today that it can get confusing. Some are great quality, some aren’t so great. So when it comes to answering the question of which is best, there’s not really an easy answer. 

What Makes the Best Dog Food?

It’s not how a food is made which makes it a better option but the content and quality of the ingredients in the food. Whether a food is wet or dry doesn’t have an impact on its digestibility. All complete wet and dry diets by law must meet the nutritional requirements of our precious pooches. Typically speaking, no matter whether it’s wet or dry, you’ll always want to look for a healthy dog food that uses only the best ingredients possible.

What’s the difference between wet and dry dog food?

Most adult dogs will need a low protein, low fat diet unless they are working dogs. When looking at the analysis on these two diets we can’t compare like for like, they have to be worked out on a dry matter basis.


Typically, wet diets can be around 70-80% water compared to dry which are typically around 8-10% making them more energy dense.

Protein and Fat

Generally wet foods will be slightly higher in protein and fat on a dry matter basis. The analysis on all packaging is on a dry matter basis so a wet food may look lower in fat than it actually is. As dry diets are around 8% water, this will have little effect of the analysis on the packaging.


This also applies to the calorie content, for example Burns Original Chicken and Brown rice has 349Kcals per 100g, Burns wet Organic Chicken, Vegetables and Brown Rice as 80Kcals per 100g. In this instance it is recommended that you would feed approximately 4 times the volume of the dry food.

Read More: Comparing Wet and Dry Dog Food Food

The Benefits of Wet Dog Food

Good for Greedy Dogs

Wet food, when fed in a higher volume, may satiate a greedy dog, and it will certainly take your pooch longer to eat it if they tend to gobble their food.

Good for Enrichment

A good option for enrichment feeding, wet food can be stuffed into feeding toys such as a kong, if it’s popped in the freezer it will last even longer.

Great Taste

We love feeding our beloved dogs and our concept is that wet food is a tastier option, just by its nature of being wet, it releases its aromas and most dogs will love it. For this reason, we can offer it to our fussy dogs and those seniors who have become inappetent may be tempted by the smell.

It’s Hydrating

Dogs fed on a wet diet don’t drink as much water (they do tend to self-regulate their water intake). Fresh water should still be available.

Good for the Environment

In the Burns wet food range we use ingredients which are locally sourced where possible, reducing our carbon footprint.

The Benefits of Dry Dog Food


When comparing both diets of equal quality dry food is generally cheaper.

Better Shelf-Life

Being more convenient it won’t deteriorate if uneaten, just lift it and offer again at the next mealtime. When going on holiday with your ‘bestie’ the dry food will be more convenient.


Environmentally it is not as heavy or bulky to store and transport, canned foods are particularly cumbersome, the empty cans will also take up more storage space than trays or pouches.


Less packaging! For example, a 10kg dog would typically use one 2kg bag of dry food in around 20 days, the same dog would need 8kg or around 20 x 395grams trays of wet food. All the Burns packaging is now recyclable, which is great if you’re looking for a wet food with less of an environmental impact.

Looking for a sustainable, hypoallergenic and healthy wet food for dogs? Try the new hand cooked wet food from Burns, made with healthy and wholesome ingredients.