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Little bites VS regular kibble

I've been feeding my pack Natural Balance Duck and Potato Small Bites since I brought home Winston because it's the only thing he can tolerate.

For some reason the Small Bites is $2.40/lb while the regular size kibble is $1.66/lb. With 4 mouths to feed, the kibble goes fast and I'm trying to figure out if there is a difference in the kibble other than size, and if not, if there is a practical way to break it up a bit for little mouths.

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Do you give your dogs the kibble dry, or do you soften it before?

I feed raw, but I have been down the "kibble path" and I know for my own experience that after a while...I do not think it is worth it so "give the kibble a bang" before feeding...

BUT I do not know wath size your Havs are...Some of my angels have NO problems with the big size of the kibble...and prefere them...
Ask the store for a "testbag", often you can just e-mail to the food company and get some test...then you know...

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We use a nut grinder to break up the kibble for Dexter with small and large chunks and we moisten the food. Mix a few large pieces in with the little pieces and see what he prefers to eat. We quit grinding food by 6 months. In the beginning, Dexter would eat the large kibble and one day he vomited all the whole pieces, then we started grinding up some of the food.



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Or just put it in a Ziploc bag and hit it with a meat mallet. That's how I break up stuff I have to cook with all the time. It would be worth a try.

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I vote for the mallet method. But if Winston is the only problem, you could also get him a small bag of the small bites...




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Beverly, do you think you could pulse it in a blender to break it up? That way you could do a lot at one time and store in a ziplock bag so you wouldn't have to do daily...maybe.


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That is quite a difference in price, make sure that it is the same. Is the small bites made for pups and the other one for adults? The ingredient percentage might be different, they say not to give adult food until they are 1 year. You could ask at the store where you buy it if they think it would be okay for Winston.

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A hand blender with a mince chopper works wonders! http://www.target.com/Oster-2619-0-3...blender&page=1

or a coffee grinder..
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I've been thinking of trying the food processor...might as well, I don't use it for anything else!

I'll check on their website and see if I can compare ingrediants there. I don't think it's meant for puppies and dogs, more like small mouths and bigger mouths.

I was using some small bites of a prescription diet and the content was different than the regular size kibble.
It's not so much the small bites that Winston needs as the Duck and Potato. The Natural Balance is the only brand I can find locally that is a Duck and/or potato base product.

Sometimes I mix the kibble with a bit of water, they love that, but if they don't eat it all, it's a mess!

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Beverly,
I'm not sure if the ingredients are the same,but if they are--I would certainly give it a try. I can tell you however that working at the vet's....we have small bites and large breed kibble and the small bites they eat so much better. In fact I've had a small jack russell now for quite a long time and he throws his big kibble down the grating. The little bites he gobbles right up! Still-----it's worth a shot!

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