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Food Recommendations after Puppyhood

Although I really can't believe it, Loki will be one year old the end of October.

I have been feeding him Merricks Puppy Plate which he isn't too impressed with-only eats when he is very, very hungry. I would love your recommendations for what to feed Loki as an [gulp] adult dog. I want to feed him kibble as it's been my belief it keeps poop firmer and is also better for teeth than canned.

What do you feed your dog?

Any thoughts on grainless kibble. I like this idea but I'm not sure if this diet is best for very active/high performance dogs?

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Hi Pam , every dog is different, generally speaking good canned is better than good kibble. And the belief that kibble is better for the teeth than canned is not true. Here is Part 1 of a post that I made awhile back this is Part 1 ,if you want part 2 , do a search. http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....us+kibble+part

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Thanks Dave,
That is a very interesting article.

I was looking forward to reading the responses to the OP.

My dog Petunia is not a very good eater. I started her out on Wellness Puppy dry and then switched to Solid Gold dry and she does not seem to like either one. I was also under the impression that dry was better then canned, so I didn't consider feeding her canned food.
Sometimes I mix chicken or sweet potatoes in her food, I even grate Natural Balance dog food that comes in the roll on top her kibble, and she just eats around the Solid Gold and eats the good tasting stuff.

It's puzzling to me why they don't have a nutritional healthy, good tasting, dry dog food that dogs eat enthusiastically.

But anyway, now that I've read that article I'm going to switch Petunia, who will be one year old in November, over to canned and see if she eats any better.


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the very nature of kibble is limiting- dry , hardly smells. bland. Some dogs love it others don't . There are good kibbles but when we switched Molly over to canned there was no waiting for her to eat anymore -it's gone in one minute flat. The only neg. with canned is the price. That's why it has fallen out of favour with many people. We pay close to 4$ a can. (which lasts 3 days)

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Your article gave me alot to think. I'm fairly certain Loki would love canned for one of the reasons I don't - it smells awful!

I'm leaning towards the canned more now.

Thanks very much Dave.

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Your article gave me alot to think. I'm fairly certain Loki would love canned for one of the reasons I don't - it smells awful!

I'm leaning towards the canned more now.

Thanks very much Dave.
You're welcome. Just make sure to get a good canned. there are apparently not so good ones. At least you guys in the States have cheaper prices.

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Would canned food lead to staining around the mouth?
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Hi Nicole, Molly will get some food stains on her beard. Being white we wash her face occassionally. But its not like a tear staining around the eyes. Simply food getting on the beard. NO big deal. It's worth it to see the smile on her face lol.

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Great news! We're looking for a puppy food she actually enjoys and canned seems to be popular What are your recommendations for a good brand/brand Molly really likes?
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Great news! We're looking for a puppy food she actually enjoys and canned seems to be popular What are your recommendations for a good brand/brand Molly really likes?
Nicole, I try not to recommend specific foods for people because every dog is different. What I would strongly recommend is a consultation with Sabine at Better Dog Care. For $25 U.S. she will get you to fill out (by online email) a detailed questionaire. It is the best money I have ever spent on Molly . She will also suggest a couple of suppliments . These are really important and very inexpensive. You will be happy with her advice , she always give you good better best type options and leaves it up to your choice. Can't say enough about her expertise. Here is her website for consultations http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about

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