I have smaller dogs. I feed them Wellness and Natural Balance. They have canned for breakfast and dinner, and I leave dry out 24/7 for them to nibble on.
With a much higher percentage of dogs eating only dry, and the high rate of canine dental disease, I doubt the dry is helping much. The only way to healthy teeth and gums, is proper dental care, which would include brushing their teeth from time to time, an oral spray, regular vet visits and dentals.
Also, I would think that canned food would have less preservatives, as the "canning" in and of itself, is preserving it.
Feeding companion animals commercial pet foods may be jeopardizing their health. Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals that U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors have deemed unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled—is what often goes into pet food. One Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specialist says that the unrendered protein in food may come from heads, feet, viscera, and other animal parts. Many of these animals have died of infections and other diseases. Pet food has also been recalled during mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), outbreaks because of the risk that contaminated meat might have been processed into the food. One deputy commissioner states that cats in particular “are susceptible to BSE.”
Yes, I know that. But companion animals do need to eat meat based diets. Whether its in a holistic kibble or raw diet... but they should never eat a vegetarian diet unless they have some sort of medical issue.
http://www.ashleyspets.com "A dog is not almost human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.
i make my own dog food b/c jersey is fussy. usually pork hearts & a little rice. during hunting season, she gets all the venison off cuts for about 4 months after. (doggie heaven!)i've been doing this for 4 years & even the vet comments on how great that she looks! dog food is a sensitive topic & i think that its up to the individual on what to feed.