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Do you soak your dry kibble before feeding?

  • yes - soak in water before feeding

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  • no - do not soak before feeding

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Do you soak your dogs dry kibble in water before feeding? Why or why not?

I am soaking Sandy's food because thats what my parents did with our dogs when I was growing up, it was supposed to stop the food from swelling in their stomach after eating and also help prevent bloat. Not sure if thats true or not.
 

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I soak Asia's food because she is such a fast eater and inhales the dry kibble and the soaking slows her down and prevents her choking on it.
 

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We don't soak it but we do pour alittle water on the food . Sasha seems to choke if we don't, he eats so fast.
 

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No, I think the crunchy kibble helps to keep teeth clean, plus I don't think Sadie would eat it if it was soaked in water.
 

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We've put a little water to make "gravy" since we got Maddie. So now, just habit I guess. We'll be gradually changing over to a raw diet soon.
 

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We use a little water in the dry food for Connor and Duke - gives the kibble a little lubrication for easier swallowing.
 

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With previous dogs that we raised from puppyhood, we always wet the food.

Ben was adopted as an adult. When we brought him home, I wet his food the first couple of days and he wouldn't eat it. If we gave it to him dry, he would. Since I read that dry food is better for their teeth, we give him dry.
 

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I only soak food for puppies under 2 months olds. The dry food is better for their teeth, helps keep them clean.
 

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Correction from my earlier post. I just went on the BB website (we feed wilderness salmon) and it actually had directions for mixing it with water to "maximize flavor." I swear though, unless I'm making things up in my head, that I've read before on the bag not to because of the life bits or something. Maybe we'll have to try it sometime! :)
 

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Genetics are a big part with clean teeth. Mine eat their dry food with water on it.
 

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I pour some water over the food, it's not softening the food because they get fed right away. It keep the dogs from chocking from eating too fast.
I don't use canned food for them.
 

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Like others we add a small amount of water and a spoonful of canned & stir to get a gravy but feed immediately, so kibble is still hard. Dogs love the gravey.
 

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I don't "soak" kibble in water but I do add a mixture of warm water/salmon juice/wild salmon in with the kibble. To me, it's more appealing and that's about the only reason why! (I didn't vote because I didn't fit in for either choice)
 

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I put a touch of water on Dex's kibble just to soften it a little for him, he still has his puppy teeth and finds it hard to eat. Once he's older and can crunch it easily I'll stop.
 

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I have always soaked my dog's food with hot water until "en dente" at least prior to feeding them. I do this to prevent the food expanding in the stomach after ingesting. So far, so good. I clean my dog's teeth as well.
 

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I haven't been able to make up my mind on this topic!!!:confused::confused:

Sammie my first golden was always given dry kibble and she loved it. I was always under the impression it would help clean her teeth. Bloat was never even a consideration for me back then. Never had a problem.:D

Now Woody on the other hand I go back and forth from wet to dry and dry to wet...My experience has been all dogs throw up from time to time for what ever reason? Of course when ever he does throw up I always have a look see to make sure one of my shoes isn't in there. ;)

What I have noticed is the kibble is about 5 times the size it was before being swallowed :uhoh: and although he gets only 1 & 1/2 cups at a time it looks like half a bag!!!

I don't know how the heck his stomach handles this swelling? And then there's the concern of BLOAT which I've read so much about on this board. Is it really that much of a concern???

I talked with my vet,whom I like very much, and he said don't worry about it, you know the symptoms and some dogs are more prone to it than others.

Well it's almost time to feed old Woody and I'm still scratching my head on whether or not to wet his food?

Woody could care less, wet or dry, he just wants his bowl on the floor and the big OKAY to eat his food!!!:D

Put me down for UNDECIDED!!!

Pete
 
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