The Many Uses for Canned Food


We recently got sent a case of  Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free 96% Real Beef Recipe Canned Dog Food by  to review and are discovering various uses for canned food. Mr. N primarily eats raw and he has only had canned food on special occasions previously. 

Mr. N says they’re all his.

We’ve been using canned food for:

  1. Stuffing the Kong: Easiest Kong ever. Just put a few spoonfuls of canned food in the Kong and freeze. 
  2. Training: Spread thinly on a long-handled spoon (especially great for small dogs) or in a food tube. 
  3. Palatability: Great for mixing in with kibble as a treat or coaxing dogs to eat. 
  4. Adding more water to your dog’s diet: Canned food has a high water content which is great for dogs that tend not to drink enough or during the summer when dogs get more easily dehydrated. 
  5. Emergency backup food: For when you run out of kibble or forget to thaw raw food. 
Mr. N doing platform training and waiting to be rewarded 
The Merrick food is grain-free, protein-rich, made in the USA and the cans are BPA-free. And Mr. N eagerly eats it which is a big deciding factor. I’d prefer it  if the ingredients didn’t include guar gum though. 
Do you feed your dog(s) canned food? What do you use it for?

This post was sponsored by Chewy. They are not responsible for the contents of this article. All opinions expressed are our own. 




18 Responses

  1. Emma

    June 26, 2015 11:22 am

    We never had canned food until last winter when we started testing out some Merrick food. Now we use it for special occasions and we use it to keep Katie interested in eating as the last 6 months or so, she isn't all that into eating. I think it is an old lady thing. It is super tasty and we all love the wet food.

  2. Talent Hounds

    June 26, 2015 3:00 pm

    Such cute photos- Mr N looks pretty happy. We have been given a few samples of canned food. We'll have to try some frozen in a Kong- great idea. I always mix a spoonful of something wet in with Kilo's handful of kibble at breakfast and dinner. X Susie

  3. Beth

    June 26, 2015 7:36 pm

    Barley doesn't get much canned food, but I always keep a couple cans of sensitive stomach food on hand in case she gets into something she shouldn't and needs something a little easier on her tummy. Sometimes I'll stuff some into a Kong and put it in the freezer because that seems to keep Barley busier than plain old peanut butter in a Kong. We also occasionally get fun blends to use for special occasions like Emma and her sisters do 🙂 Glad Mr. N found some food that lives up to his high standards 🙂

  4. Janet Keefe

    June 26, 2015 9:24 pm

    The crew gets some canned food with their kibble once or twice a week as a special treat. Their bowls are always licked clean! Merrick is a favorite around here.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  5. K9s OverCoffee

    June 27, 2015 2:04 pm

    We used to mix wet food in with our kibble on a more or less regular basis, but never tried Merrick (we used Ziwipeak, Wellness Core, and Great Life). We switched from kibble to raw a few months ago, and while we haven't fed any more wet food, we still have several cans in our pantry. It's always good to have a little back up plan 😉


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