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Hello everyone, Ive searched the forum and cant quite find the answers I'm seeking so I'm posting them hoping someone can assist ...

We picked up Maggie on new years eve and everything has been going well. She sleeps through the night and is getting pretty good at letting us know when she need to go potty outside. She will walk over to the door and give you a quick glance as if to say I'm not waiting all day so move it ! LOL

The breeder suggested that we feed her Fromm Puppy Gold kibble with a tablespoon of Wellness 95 canned beef on top. A good friend who is a dog groomer and has lots of experience with dogs has highly recommended against feeding any canned food. Any comments are appreciated...

The second issue is her crate. I initially got the crate with this very nice plush bedding for my little princess. I quickly realized that there are some downsides to plush bedding in the crate at night. She seems to spend a lot of time chewing and digging at the bedding, not sure of she is ingesting any of the material but it doesn't seem safe. Also, with the plush bedding, its difficult to tell if she has an accident at night because it will be quickly absorbed by the bedding. I have a Petmate Compass plastic crate, is it inhumane to just have her sleep on the plastic floor with no bedding at least till this chew everything stage is over?
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put a little soft towel in the bottom of the crate or a piece of fleece. Easy to wash up in case of a accident. I personally would stick with what the breeder has told you...at least for now.Your baby is trying to adjust to the new world around her and feeding her the food she is used to would be a good thing. Just my opinion for what it's worth. She really is adorable Have fun!
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I saved the plush bedding and beds for when Molly was not having any accidents any more. I went to the Goodwill store and got some baby receiving blankets cheap. They worked great to line the bottom of the crate and you could easily tell if she had wet them. As for food, I would stick with what the breeder was feeding her for now. After she adjusts to you and your home you can decide which food you would like to feed and slowly transition her if you want to make a switch. Fromm is a good brand of kibble and if she is doing well on it I would probably stick with it for now. Adding the canned food is up to you. Most dogs love it!



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I am another vote for sticking with what the breeder started her on. You want to keep her routines the same, as much as possible, while she adapts to her new forever home. Fromm's is a good quality kibble and the little bit of canned meat is just the cherry on top. Eventually, a few month's down the road, I suggest you eliminate the canned food.

Havanese are known to be "diggers." Even at 2 y.o., Ricky still digs at his crate mat and blankie each night to get them just the way he wants them before falling asleep. As far as Maggie's crate mat, I would just launder it every couple of days until she is more dependable in her potty habits.

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There are so many different opinions on this but from the research I did on it, (years...and talking to holistic vet, etc) I believe canned can be much better than kibble. I feed Sophie a mix of raw and canned...one in morning and one at night I also don't believe feeding both together hurts a thing though, theory has been they digest at different rates so could cause gastric issues but never heard of a case.

Canned doesn't have preservatives or chemicals since it is canned fresh and doesn't have to sit out on a shelf. It has a lot more moisture than kibble (and more palatability) good for kidneys and avoiding UTI's. It usually has much less, if any, (grain free) carbs and grain than kibble. It's also not true that eating canned food creates more dental problems than kibble. They both will cause plaque buildup. Kibble is cheaper and more convenient to feed which is why a lot of people with multiple or big dogs feed kibble.

I am careful to get canned food without carageenan which is a thickener, as it is suspect in causing gastric issues with some dogs, so just to be safe I get ones that use potato starch, (Weruva is what I am using right now) I also make sure the cans are not lined with BPA.

I give Sophie probiotics also (Essentials) as she tended to have stomach issues when on kibble. (diarrhea and clear the room gas!!) the raw and canned have totally cleared her up. (but every dog is different).

There are a lot of good articles out there here is one from Whole Dog Journal
The Benefits of Canned Dog Food - Whole Dog Journal Article

It used to be that canned was worse than kibble, but that is no longer true in general. The stigma of feeding canned food sticks with it though.
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Thank you for your comprehensive reply ... Thats exactly one of the issues my friend raised about canned being worse on the teeth than dry. Thank you for clearing that up that myth.

The breeder suggested Wellness 95 beef which is grain free. Is that a decent choice in your opinion?
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Wellness 95 beef is not a complete diet, it is meant for supplementing their regular food so you would not want to feed that exclusively. Wellness is a good brand, although it does have carrageenan which may be OK but as long as there is controversy I wouldn't feed since there are options out there that don's use it If you do use Wellness just be sure to get the small cans which aren't lined with BPA, their large cans are.

Here is what I am feeding Sophie just FYI in the end always go with your gut on what to feed your (ADORABLE) little girl no one has all the answers and we can only do the best we can. Plus every dog is different.

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Sorry I should have clarified my response. The puppy has been eating Fromm Puppy Gold with a TBSP of Wellness 95 Beef. Since she has been here, I've only been giving the kibble because of what I was told. Is that combination ok for her?
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Oh sorry I thought you were asking if you could feed only the wellness.
I am sure since your breeder recommends it, it's fine! Did she say why to add the canned, for taste or ?
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I dont recall exactly but something like feeding only kibble will lead to crystals in the urine which can lead to bigger issues....
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