How does can food compare with dry dog food?
This article will partially address this question. We will demonstrate to you two things:
- How much water and nutrients you are getting
- The difference in cost between wet and dry food to get the same amount of nutrients
Also we demonstrate the need for guaranteed and dry matter analysis.
It could take several containers of wet dog food to get the same amount of dry matter and nutrients as dry dog food. This translate to a very high cost difference as demonstrated in this article.
Here are two made up examples that represent realistic values by Guaranteed Analysis (commonly found on the dog food label). The can food has much more moisture than dry dog food, which is typical.
350grams is selected because that is the approximate weight of one 12 fluid oz of wet can food. 350 grams is approximately 0.77 lbs.
|Wet (350g)||8% (min)||3% (min)||1.5% (max)||82% (max)|
|Dry (350g)||23% (min)||12% (min)||3% (max)||12% (max)|
We’ll convert the numbers to the dry matter basis analysis to remove the moisture. By doing so, it would appear that the wet dog food is superior. Not true! We are not done.
|Wet (350g)||44.4% (min)||16.7% (min)||8.3% (max)||0%|
|Dry (350g)||26.1% (min)||13.6% (min)||3.4% (max)||0%|
Now apply the dray matter figures to 350grams of food to see how much nutrition we are getting. Basically the “Dry Matter” Is the amount of solid you get after removing the moisture/water from the 350 grams sample.
The truth be told is the water you are buying in wet dog food is the bulk of the weight.Yes, most people know this. However, there is so much water that dry food is much further ahead in the absolute amount of nutrients.
We are not done.. Now let’s visit the difference in the cost.
For the sake of cost comparison let’s make up some numbers that are within the realistic range for dog food. Let’s say:
- $1 per pound for dry dog food
- $2 for one 12 oz can of wet dog food
Here is an article to a sample of dry food cost comparision
Now let’s proceed to the cost analysis in dollars
|Dry Food Cost||$0.77||$0.77||$0.77||$0.77|
|Equivalent Wet Cost||$9.80||$5.80||$8.00||$4.00|
Wow! To get the same amount of dry substance you need to spend $9.80 on wet dog food versus $0.77 on dry. To get the same amount of protein, you need to spend $5.80 vs $0.77.