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Mixing your pets food: Dry food, wet food and everything in-between

Mixing your pets food: Dry food, wet food and everything in-between

Whilst mixing your pets food is generally ok, it is important to brush up on those all-important facts. Consulting a veterinary expert should be at the top of your to do list if you do choose to introduce a new diet to your pet, but knowing whether you want to switch in the first place is a different ball game (pardon the pun)… and so that’s where we come in.

Let’s get to it… is it ok to mix dog food brands?

Mixing dog food brands can be a tricky business. Without thorough research, you may just end up mixing the dog equivalent of pizza with, well, more pizza! That’s because some food is formulated to be high in fat, some to be high in meat content and so on. Mixing dog food should not be taken lightly, as negative effects can include weight gain and excessive intake of vitamins, minerals etc.

The solution? Consult your vet (you’ll see a theme emerging here soon!). Your vet should be able to advise you on mixing food and which brands work with each other in order to provide your pup with a well-balanced meal.

Hold on, what about mixing wet and dry dog food?

Mixing dry and wet dog food is very popular, however we still take the same stance as above… this should only be done following careful consideration.

This surge in popularity is that this combination tends to be more palatable (whilst reaping the benefits of a dry dog food). Additionally, this gives dog owners a degree of flexibility as you can change flavours of food more easily.

If palatability is your reason for considering a wet food, then there are a couple of alternatives. Other things to add to dry dog food to make it tastier include warm water (this’ll make a lovely rich gravy!) or even a very basic broth (which has a similar effect to the above).

Of course, a lot of your decision may come down to preference – which is quite alright. If mixing wet and dry food is the one for your pup, then your vet will be able to advise you on the best wet food to compliment your kibble of choice.

Pups and senior dogs

Just to make things even more confusing – there’s also the debate about what makes the best puppy and senior dog food and therefore, should we mix these different suggestions together?

Again, this all depends. So, for dogs who are poorly, or may have missing teeth, a wet puppy food or wet senior food may be appropriate. Similarly, if your veterinarian has recommended a particular wet food with a specific kibble, then you should stick to these suggestions.

High quality, specific life stage formulas are formulated with extremely careful consideration. Introducing opposing foods can ‘undo’ all of this effort which has gone into creating the best food possible.

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If you want recommendations of the best senior dog food then please click here. Similarly, for advice on the best puppy food, click here.

Therapeutic, grain-free and hypoallergenic dog food diets

Many dogs have specific dietary requirements; some may be allergic to certain foods and some may require more of a certain ingredient as a supplement. If your dog’s diet falls under any of the above, then this part is super important.

Whether your mixing dry food with dry food or dry food with wet food, it is important that you don’t ‘counteract’ the benefits of the food your dog needs. For example, if your dog requires a grain free diet, then mixing a food which contains rice will cause problems (depending on your dog’s reaction to grain).

This presents even more of a problem in therapeutic dog food as the food is often formulated to either prevent or reduce the severity of certain symptoms. It’s all about balance in these foods, and to disrupt this balance by mixing food can be a problem. Again, always always consult your veterinarian if you wish to mix a therapeutic food.

So, what’s our stance on mixing food?

Unless otherwise stated by your veterinarian, there is no reason why you need to mix food! Rather, we suggest investing time into finding a well-balanced food for your dog which provides all the nutrition and taste your pup needs.

Hypoallergenic is a great place to start. Not only does hypoallergenic keep your pet protected from common allergens, but it’s also packed full of vitamins, minerals and other good stuff! Explore our site to learn more about hypoallergenic, natural food or click the button below to see what we recommend for your pooch.

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If you have any questions about mixing food before consulting your vet, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email or our Facebook page.


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