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Question Food Advice

Ok, so like I mentioned before, I have absolutely no small dog experience.

I was not happy with the food Sidney was getting from the friend/breeder we got him from, so I did some consulting with the owner of the pet store I go to (in addition to dog food analysis).

I spent a lot of time at the store going over different kinds of foods for him. I currently feed my dogs RAW, but when I was feeding kibble I fed both Orijen and TOTW (taste of the wild). I believe in the grain free foods being better in general. To me, why would you feed grains when they are just for filler.

But, again I know nothing about smaller dogs needs. With the guidance of Patricia (store owner) I decided on BG Buffalo. It is rated a 5 star food on the dog food analysis site, so I felt comfortable with that.

I was told that since he is a small breed dog and not getting a lot of exercise it was better to stick with 34% protein and under. Which is why I didn't get the kibble that i use to buy.

He's been eating it fine. But I am concerned that it is the best for him. I am not really sure of the nutritional requirements for this breed so any advice you can give will be much appreciated.

I would love for my mom to feed him raw, but I really don't think she will. I think that will be too confusing for her and I want to keep this as easy as possible.

Thanks for all your help
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LOL. Are you sure you want to go there? Politics, Religion and Dog Food are very hot topics...

There seem to be three camps on the forum and I don't think there is any right or wrong it all depends on the individual dog.

Many feed a well rounded Kibble with grain that would be under 34% protein. Fromms 4 star, Innova, Merrick, and California Naturals are I think what are referred to the most.

I think you will also find a lot of supporters of grain free, Orijen, EVO.

Many feed Commercial Raw (Nature's Variety, Primal) and some are doing the full blown raw.

There are also some home cookers.

I saw a huge change in my boys when we switched from a grain based kibble to Commercial Raw (nature's variety.)

I bet your mom could handle the commercial raw. I swore I couldn't and now I am a convert.




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LOL, I know it's a hot topic, and I promise I am not trying to stir anything, lol.

I'm really no sure of the Hav's requirements.... like is lower protein better? Do they tolerate higher amounts of protein ok? Or will higher protein give them softer poops with them being so little?

Lol, I feel like a newbie dog owner again. I am really thrown with what is best for him. Big dogs I can handle, no problem.........him though, I want to make sure he's getting all he needs.
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I think the requirements would be the same pretty much for all dogs. As long as you are feeding a healthy kibble or raw and your Hav is getting proper nutrients, then I wouldn't worry to much about it. I feed both my guys raw but there's certainly no problem with feeding a good kibble. If you are feeding a 5 or 6 star rated food, I think you should be ok as long as there are no ill effects from the food.

Chances are if your parents never had kids...you won't either...
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