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Last night, I was chatting with a relative who has been in the pet food business for decades. He owns a wholesale pet and farm animal feed business, plus a couple retail pet supply stores. He asked what I was feeding Maccabee. I told him Canine Cavier kibble mixed with TOTW canned. He suggested we get him off canned and switch the kibble to Orijen or Acana (his first choice is raw frozen, but I'm not ready to go there). He said the Canine Cavier is good, but the company is small and does not have its own factory, therefore less manufacturing oversight.

I was getting to the end of the bag of kibble, so I picked up a bag of Orijen Puppy 80/20 today. I mixed it with the old kibble, and Maccabee gobbled it all down.

My relative said definitely no Chinese treats, but bully sticks from South America shoud be fine, and less expensive tn American. His son just started a line of all natural, grain-free, organic treats http://scooters-treats.com/PRODUCTS.html and brought some for Maccabee. I'm looking forward to trying them. Btw, Scooter is a Havanese!

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Last night, I was chatting with a relative who has been in the pet food business for decades. He owns a wholesale pet and farm animal feed business, plus a couple retail pet supply stores. He asked what I was feeding Maccabee. I told him Canine Cavier kibble mixed with TOTW canned. He suggested we get I'm off canned and switch the kibble to Orijens or Acana (his first choice is raw frozen, but I'm not ready to go there). He said the Canine Cavier is good, but the company is small and does not have its own factory, therefore Less manufacturing oversight.

I was getting to the end of the bag of kibble, so I picked up a bag of Orijen Puppy 80/20 today. I mixed one with the old kibble, and Maccabee gobbled it all down.

My relative said definitely no Chinese treats, but bully sticks from South America shoud be fine, and less expensive tn American. His son just started a line of all natural, grain-free, organic treats http://scooters-treats.com/PRODUCTS.html and brought some for Maccabee. I'm looking forward to trying them. Btw, Scooter is a Havanese!
A lot of beef products used in the U.S. are South American, and from a safety persoective should be fine. It is very good quality I try to avoid S.A. beef when I can, because they are cutting down more and more rainforest to produce it.


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Is he a nutritionist? Canned is generally better than kibble, if you are compariing good with good. Right there I question his wisdom.

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Dave,

To clarify, he didn't say canned food is bad, or that kibble is better than canned. He suggested we wean him off the canned food because we travel frequently and feeding canned food is not convenient on the road.

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To clarify, he didn't say canned food is bad, or that kibble is better than canned. He suggested we wean him off the canned food because we travel frequently and feeding canned food is not convenient on the road.
OK , you didn't make that clear.

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