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What’s the Difference Between Canned and Fresh Dog Food?

In the world of dog nutrition, the choices may seem endless. There’s wet food, dry kibble, raw food, homemade food… But today, let’s simplify things a bit and discuss two main types: canned dog food and fresh dog food. Most importantly, let’s explore why fresh may be the better choice, especially when it’s PawCo’s plant-based fresh dog food.


Understanding Dog Food Types

  • Canned/Wet Dog Food: Let’s start with the familiar: canned dog food. Many of us have memories of popping open a can of wet dog food and serving it to our eager pets. It’s convenient, has a seemingly never-ending shelf life, and dogs often gobble it up without hesitation. However, it’s important to note that canned food usually contains preservatives and filler ingredients that may lack nutritional value. In addition, researchers have found that canned food may expose dogs to high levels of Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine-disrupting chemical. 
  • Fresh Dog Food: Enter the new kid on the block: fresh dog food. Prepared from fresh, healthy ingredients, it’s like serving your pup a home-cooked meal but less risky. Fresh dog food is often better for your dog’s health and digestion than dry kibble or canned dog food, as it contains more bioavailable nutrients. 


Key Differences Between Canned/Wet Food and Fresh Dog Food

  • Nutritional Value Comparison: Fresh dog food, like PawCo’s, provides a balanced meal packed with essential nutrients. On the other hand, canned food often loses vital nutrients as it’s usually highly processed.
  • Digestibility and Bioavailability: Fresh food, with its natural ingredients, is typically easier for dogs to digest than canned food. This means your dog can better utilize the nutrients, promoting better overall health.
  • Shelf Life and Storage Requirements: Fresh food is usually sold refrigerated or frozen and needs to be stored in your freezer or fridge. In contrast, canned food can be stored at room temperature as long as it’s unopened. Though long-lasting, it may see a decline in nutritional value over time.
  • Taste and Palatability for Dogs: PawCo’s taste tests have shown that dogs love the taste of our fresh meals. Generally, the ingredients in fresh dog food are more appealing to our furry friends.


Advantages of Fresh Dog Food

Choosing fresh dog food is not just a dietary change; it’s a health and lifestyle upgrade for your four-legged buddy!

Fresh dog food offers a high nutritional value, ensuring your furry companion receives a balanced meal with every serving. It’s packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that keep your pup healthy and thriving. 

Fresh food also supports good digestion. The natural ingredients and minimal processing mean the meals are easier on your dog’s stomach, and the nutrients are more bioavailable. Better digestion can lead to health benefits like a shinier coat, more energy, and less frequent health issues.

However, the appeal of fresh food goes beyond nutrition—it’s also about taste. When compared to canned food, fresh dog food stands out in the flavor department. Canned food often relies on artificial flavors and enhancers to make it palatable, whereas fresh dog food, like PawCo’s plant-based one, is made with real, whole ingredients that bring out the natural flavors dogs love.


Why PawCo’s Fresh Food Stands Out

With a sea of fresh dog food options on the market, PawCo stands out for several reasons. Our mission is to combine taste, nutrition, and convenience in each meal we provide while caring for the planet and all the animals inhabiting it.

PawCo revolutionized the industry with our proprietary GreenMeat™, a plant-based protein source formulated specifically for dogs. This high-protein, nutritionally balanced ingredient brings a wholesome meal to your dog’s bowl without animal products.

Our meals not only meet but exceed AAFCO standards, and they are developed by a dedicated team of board-certified food scientists and animal nutritionists. This ensures that all our recipes provide all the essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals your dog needs and that your pup gets a balanced, nutritious meal every time.

PawCo also cares about convenience. Our meals are shipped frozen and can be safely stored in your freezer for up to nine months. We deliver our eco-friendly packages with your lifestyle in mind, making PawCo’s fresh food both a nutritious and convenient choice.

And let’s not forget about the taste. With PawCo’s diverse range of recipes—the vitamin-rich Green Mix & Carrots, the anti-inflammatory Pumpkin & Cranberries, the antioxidant-rich Blueberries & Veggies, and the high-protein Peanut Butter & Apple—your dog will always have a tasty meal they look forward to.



Choosing the perfect dog food for your beloved pooch may seem daunting, but we hope understanding the difference between canned and fresh food makes it a little bit easier to make a healthy choice. Fresh dog food, like PawCo’s plant-based version, offers a nutritionally complete, delicious option for your furry friend. With PawCo, you’re not just choosing food—you’re choosing a healthier, happier life for your pet.

Try PawCo today and let your pup enjoy the delicious and nutritious difference that plant-based fresh food can make!


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