All canned dog foods contain at least some water, and all too often, the manufacturers like to opt for an “extra moist” formula that means they can increase the water content, increase the weight and charge more for less food. We cut through the hypes and lables to find you the best options available. Even if the food isn’t branded as being “extra moist”.
That said, wet dog food actually contains more protein per ounce than dry food does. So it can be a very nutritious way to feed your pet. It also often means that your dog will require less food by volume, which may leave it thinking it is still hungry. I know mine always begs me for more.
It takes self-control on the part of the owner to keep from over-feeding their pet and causing weight problems.
The other challenge is that almost all of the foods use some type of thickener and there really aren’t any ideal choices for dogs when it comes to thickeners. None of them have been directly linked to health problems in dogs, but everyone is concerned about what effects they can have.
All of the foods I review are ones that use the safer thickeners and have better ratios of food to water so you can be assured that your dog is not going to sacrifice nutritional value.