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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-20-2009, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Bella is almost 2 years and about 8 lbs. Through a series of events, she now gets half Innova and half EVO in her bowl. But I've found that she picks out the EVO and only eats that. Eventually she'll eat some of the Innova but not much.

My question: Is it safe for her to get only EVO Red Meat small bites? She's not a big eater and the normal amount for her size is 1/2 cup so that would work well for her. We once had a dog with kidney problems and I want to avoid any problems like that (or any other) with Bella.
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Mine get EVO Red meat small bites and the chicken. I buy a bag of each and mix it. I also add chicken or turkey to it, not much but enough to make them eat. They get 1/4 cup in the a.m. and 1/4 in the p.m.


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Have you tried a good amount of excercise before you feed them to help them be hungry? Also, cutting out treats helps with their appetites.

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They don't get many treats. At the most, maybe 1 teaspoon of chicken breast a day. And we walk 20-30 min. in the morning 5 or 6 days a week. They aren't skinny or else I'd worry about them not eating. My biggest concern is the Red Meat small bites--can the concentration of meat hurt their kidneys or something else.
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Nancy I hear your concern. Mine free feed of Evo Small bites chicken. I'm wondering if high amounts of protein can harm an otherwise healthy dog? That's what they would eat in the wild? IDK
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You're right about what they'd eat in the wild. But in the back of my mind is the phrase, "survival of the fittest" and what if these two fur balls we have aren't the fittest. Maybe small dogs/Havanese have a weakness in certain areas like this which cause them harm.

That's why I mixed the Innova and EVO (plus I had a big bag when I got the Red Meat and didn't want to throw it out!).

I know things have improved so much over the years but sometimes I long for the simple days when you opened a bag of Purina Dog Chow and grabbed a handful for the bowl!
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They don't get many treats. At the most, maybe 1 teaspoon of chicken breast a day. And we walk 20-30 min. in the morning 5 or 6 days a week. They aren't skinny or else I'd worry about them not eating. My biggest concern is the Red Meat small bites--can the concentration of meat hurt their kidneys or something else.
Nancy ,as far as kibble is concerned , that is one of the best. The biggest issue with kibble is that it should be moistened. Lack of water in kibble is one of the leading causes of kidney problems. Dogs don't instinctively know enough to drink when they eat kibble. Most vets should not recommend kibble for cats. The dryness doesn't allow waste materials to flush properly.

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Know need to worry about the high protein causing kidney problems. Years ago it might have been true due to the source of the protein. But with EVO the protein source is from meat and therefore easy for the kidney's to handle. If you go to the Orijen website there's a white paper you can read on the myths of high protein.

Keep in mind not all kibble should be moistened. Some may actually cause bloating in the stomach. You have to read the ingredients. Evo would be find moistened but making sure your dog drinks plenty of fresh water is just as good. Unfortunately many dogs don't drink enough water.

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I am using both of the EVO's now with my girls. We may have to go to just the red meat as I am almost sure one of Smarty's skin problems is Chicken! She has started eating the hair on her right leg again. Smarty & Galen love it.

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As most of you, I made myself crazy with the different brands of dog food. After the pet food scare, I finally switched and stayed with the EVO. My dogs no longer have runny or mucousy stools, and they only go once or twice a day, especially if we are on a walk. Seems they just have to poop when we go for a walk. I guess it's the exercise.


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