How many of you that feed your dog dry kibble soak it first in warm water? I haven't been doing this, and wonder if I should be?
I don't. I always thought the dry kibble helps their teeth. My girls have nice white teeth.
I don't soak the food. I add tepid water and serve right away.
It's chewing action that would help keep teeth clean. My dog doesn't chew his food and if he does, he doesn't chew it long enough to clean his teeth.
I've read and been told that soaking the food for a bit before feeding cuts down on the risk of bloat. I don't know the exact theory behind this, but a lot of people seem to say that they just add water and feed immediately. I'm puzzled by this as by just adding water without letting it sit for awhile it seems to me pretty much the same as feeding the food dry and giving your dog a bowl of water with it. (that is if the reason one is adding water is for the purpose that it will possibly cut down on the chances of your dog bloating)
Adding water slows down the eating speed.
Puff eats dry kibble in the morning for breakfast but in the evening, I add some water and some minced frozen salmon for her supper.
She chews every mouthful of her food thoroughly.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
This is what I have found on DogAware.com:
By soaking dry kibble in warm heated water for 10 to 15 minutes, it starts breaking down binders in the kibble, releasing some of its tasty fat and flavoring, cutting down the time it takes the stomach to break it down for its trip thru the small intestine. It also helps with digestion.
It did say that eating dry kibble does NOT help clean the teeth.
Any thoughts on this info I came across?
Soaking the food does nothing in the prevention of bloat. Serving the food as Betsy suggests (kiddsmom) is the best way.
♣ Laura ♣
I don't soak the kibble, but I will add water just before I put it down. I had to do this for Baloo when he had his UTI/Crystals, and I noticed that it slowed him down a wee bit, so I just continued with it ever since.
Also, just in case they don't drink enough for whatever reason, I know they are getting enough water this way.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
I started soaking Oona's food in warm water after she broke a tooth and had to have it extracted. I've continued to do it because she likes it that way.