Combining dry food with wet food is certainly possible. Not only does this apporach provide variation in your dog's diet, it also helps to keep them hydrated. If you stick to dry food only, please make sure that your dog has access to water.
How do you measure the right amounts of each?
To make sure your dog is getting the right amount of food, you first need to determine the daily recommended amount of dry food they should be eating. This number (in grams) depends on the size, age and weight of your dog. There's a handy measurement table on the side of each bag of kibble. You can also access the table here.
You must also take into account how active your dog is: an athletic dog needs more fuel to sustain them. If your dog is overweight or underweight, please go to this page for more info on how to measure.
You can choose your own ratio of dry to wet food, but we generally recommend a daily portion that consists of two thirds dry kibble and one third wet food.
Because wet and dry food have a different number of calories per gram, you can't just interchange them weight-for-weight. The rule is, take the weight of dry food you're not feeding your dog, and multiply it by 2.5 to get the right weight of wet food.
Here's an example:
Suppose your dog is meant to eat 300 grams of dry food per day. If you want to feed them two thirds dry food to one third wet food, here's how that formula works out:
- Give your dog 200 grams of dry kibble (2/3rds)
- That leaves 100 grams of kibble you're not feeding them.
- Multiply 100 by 2.5 = 250 grams of wet food
Here's another example:
Let's say you want to give your dog 50% dry food and 50% wet food. Using the same 300g as above, that would mean you feed them 150 grams of dry food (300g divided by two) and 375 grams wet (150g x 2.5).
If you have any questions or just want to check your sums, please feel free to contact us!