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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-29-2009, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a Good, Larger Kibble

I'm on the lookout for a good nutritious, high-end kibble that is larger in size.

My boys are on Merrick's Grammy's Pot Pie, and the kibble is about 1/4" in diameter.

I am looking for something more like 1/2" in diameter, which will encourage Scout to chew it (rather than swallow it) hopefully causing less tartar buildup.

Any recommendations?

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Evo has a large bite version, but it's really not that large. Their small bites are tiny. Orijen and Acana aren't that small, not sure if you tried those.


It is a myth that larger kibble helps keep teeth cleaned, as any kibble is like cereal or granola bars and actually sticks to teeth more than canned, raw or homemade. What could help him slow down is adding some canned to the kibble. It will make it harder to swallow as it clumps things together. The bite he takes will be too large to swallow whole and will have hard and soft parts to it.

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Same kibble but what about those bowls that make them eat slower?

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Jane- Orijen is bigger kibble pieces. Reason why a lot of people don't like it actually as they want smaller for small dogs.

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Murphy doesn't chew his food either, he just gulps it down and then burps so loud! It scared me the first time he did it. We now mix canned food with the kibble but he's still like a little vacuum and it's gone quickly.

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Jane I recently tried the Wellness Core and my guys liked it well enough. I usually serve Fromm's and the Wellness is larger--maybe not 1/2", more like 3/8ths. It had like a pyramid shape I think? We're out of it now and back on the Fromm's since my order came in. I would consider switching after this bag though. I'm like you. I think the kibble is good for their teeth. It would be hard to convince me otherwise LOL!
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I was just going to post Orijen but see that Amanda beat me to it. I've just started the boys on it and the pieces are definitely large. Neither of them have a problem eating it, though!


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Thanks everyone. I will look into the Orijen! And Marj, that is also an interesting idea about mixing soft food with kibble to encourage chewing. I think the bowls that slow your dog down will only slow Scout down from getting the kibble into his mouth. Once it is in there, he'll just swallow it as usual...

Scout was on Wellness Complete Health - probably the same pyramid shape as the Core - but it wasn't large enough. He literally inhaled that too. The vet suggested the Science Diet Dental Diet (no WAY!) because of the larger kibble pieces...

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Just a note on the Orijen, I started mine on that a couple weeks ago.....both of them carry it out of the bowl and into the kitchen, onto the couch, in their beds, etc.
I don't know if its big enough that they feel like that have to drag it off and chew it in stages or what. lol
They do like it tho, but I have messes to clean up pretty often.
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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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That's funny, Dawna. My guys are big pigs so they eat VERY quickly. And Scout will steal Lincoln's food if he gets a chance, so no one here strays far from the bowl!

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