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Our Diet Odyssey
This is the tale of my search for food that I could afford and that Skye would eat. Not intended to be a "how to", just our trials and tribulations.
The breeder said she was feeding the pups Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy so I laid in a supply before he came home. Fifty years ago Eukanuba was a top tier dog food. Now not so much, even though there are many that still swear by it. Took Skye to the vet for his puppy check two days after he came home and we discussed nutrition. The vet was all onboard with my plans to feed raw, but recommended a high grade kibble for a while before switching to raw. So I got small sizes of several kibbles and tried mixing with the Eukanuba. Skye was just picking at his food. I tried soaking in warm water, hand feeding, everything I could think of and he would eat a few pieces and leave the rest or pick it out of his bowl and lay it on the floor.
I have seen on here and heard from the owner of a local boutique pet food store "Just leave it out. When he gets hungry he'll eat." That's all well and good, but I knew that in the early developmental stage of life he needed proper nutrition for growth. I had to find something he would eat.
One day my wife gave him a little piece of baked salmon and he went crazy dancing and begging for more. So I got some Solid Gold Chicken and Salmon in the little 3.5 oz cups. He ate that better than the kibble but still was not eating as much as I knew he needed for proper development. Plus those little cups would certainly did not meet my criteria for long term affordability. Tried mixing different kibbles with it with varying results. Some N&D he would eat a few pieces of, some he wouldn't touch. Same with Victor. Fromm's no luck. The funniest was Orijen. He would eat most of the Solid Gold from around it and then do three Havanese Hops backwards and bark and bark. Slowly approach the bowl all stretched out and when he got close repeat the hops and barking. I Would pick out the Orijen and then he would finish the rest of the Solid Gold.
We started puppy classes and I asked the trainer if she had any suggestions for training teats. I had tried a bunch and the only thing he would work for was baked chicken breast which is pretty messy to put in a treat pouch.. She tried a lot of different treats and we found he loved pieces of Instinct freeze dried lamb toppers. So I then tried Northwest Naturals Chicken and Salmon freeze dried raw food. At last! A food he loved! The freeze dried still didn't meet my affordability goal so we tried the frozen Chicken and Salmon raw. They very same ingredients as the freeze dried but quite a bit cheaper. Home Run!!!
That's where we are now. I do add a little bit of K9 raw Natural Beef Feast as a topper. The NW naturals has chicken liver as the only organ meat and the K9 Natural contains a variety of organ meats. Now Skye not only jumps for joy when his food bowl comes out, he polishes the bowl clean. Absolutely not the tiniest speck left in the bowl. He is growing strongly and his fur is soft, shiny, and silky.
Last edited by PNWAlan; 02-19-2019 at 12:20 PM.