No, wet food is not entirely bad for your dog. Wet foods aren’t designed or structured to help in scraping away plaque from your pet’s teeth. However, wet food is an effective method to hydrate your dog while also helping with digestion.

Pros of Feeding Wet Food to Dogs

Most dogs prefer wet food to kibble. It has a stronger resemblance to the fresh meat that canines want. Wet food is a great option or complement to dry food for fussy eaters. [1]1

Wet food could be healthier than dry food for these reasons:

  1. Wet food has lower carbohydrate content and a high protein and fat intake than dry food. Because high carbohydrate consumption can lead to obesity in dogs, many wet foods can help prevent or encourage weight loss. [2]2
  2. Wet food contains a lot of water, and that can help dogs stay hydrated. It is beneficial to pets that do not drink a lot of water, especially during summers.
  3. Wet food is generally less processed than dry food, resulting in higher bioavailability of protein and minerals. To make kibble into little crunchy pieces, it goes through a lot of processing.
  4. Because wet food is packed in tiny containers, it contains fewer preservatives than most kibble. Kibble generally has a lot of preservatives which keeps it fresh in the bag.

Is wet food bad for dogs’ teeth, or is it healthy? Not all types of wet food are the same. When purchasing dog food, make sure to read the nutrition label and ingredients list on the package. [3]3

Did you Know?

Wet food often contains 70-90% water and little or no carbs.

Cons of Feeding Wet Food to Dogs

Dog owners have always preferred dry meals for two factors: price and convenience. Wet food is more costly, messy, and time-consuming to make. [4]4

Another reason why dog owners choose dry food is its odor. Although dogs are attracted to the scent of wet food, many dog owners find it disgusting.

Wet food expires fast if kept out long, and it’s not suitable for dogs that prefer to munch for several hours on their meal.

Another issue with wet food is waste. A bag of dry food produces far less waste than lots of cans, pouches, or plastic containers.

Is wet dog food bad for dog teeth?

Let’s look at some of the health risks associated with wet food.

  1. Wet food has higher fat content than dry food. It could be too much fat for certain dogs, especially those prone to pancreatitis or allergic to fatty foods. [5]5
  2. Wet food may cause tartar to form on a dog’s teeth faster than kibble. If he doesn’t have dental care checkups, it will be more visible.
  3. Cans might be sealed using Bisphenol-A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor. BPA can also be found in pouches and plastic containers. According to research, BPA from canned dog food could enter your dog’s bloodstream and may have harmful effects on their body. [6]6

Giving your dog the best mix

Using a combination of dry and wet food is a good option for feeding pets. It can help you save money on your pet’s food while also providing some flavor and health benefits that wet food has. Always make sure you’re feeding the right amount of calories. [7]7

Note: It is a common myth that dogs require a lot of food options.


In the end, it is you who decide if canned dog food is bad for your dog’s teeth. When it comes to feeding your pet, there is nothing right or wrong. What matters is that the pet food you select gives your dog the correct quantity of nutrients to satisfy its dietary needs.