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I'm getting really confused about this food thing. Coco is 3 mo and came to us eating puppy pro plan (chicken and lamb). I bought a bag of puppy pro plan chicken and rice. He was not going for it. The vet said pick up the bowl after 20 min. if he does'nt eat it and give it to him again at next feeding. I did'nt have the heart to do that. So I bought some can puppy pro plan and mixed it in. The first time he devoured it. Now, he spits out the dry and only eats the wet. A neighbor of mine used to breed dogs and told me the dry food is better for them. So off to petco I went again and bought another brand called Natures Recipe (dry) the salesman said it would probably be tastier. So far he's going for it but not like the wet food. Of course I forgot to slowly transition him and his stool is a little looser. Is the canned food really not healthy for him? Sorry this is so long but I feel so confused about it. Any suggestions are welcomed.
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No , good canned is better than good kibble. Most dogs prefer it . Search for my post called canned vs. kibble. It will give you the reasons it's better. One of the only downfalls is price. I figure I spend three to four times the price for canned , but it's worth it . Here's part one. http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...+kibble+part+1 And here's part two http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...+kibble+part+1 Your dog is typical. Quite often they will eat the canned and leave the kibble. Your vet was right on one hand. Put it down for ten minutes and LEAVE IT. If they don't eat it pick it up til next meal time. They'll eat it eventually. Not a big fan of Purina .

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Thanks so much for the articles. Now I won't feel so guilty if I give him canned.
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The big thing with canned is that if they eat exclusively canned and don't have bones and what not to snack on they can develop serious tartar, etc. So as long as you're keeping that in mind you should be alright.
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The big thing with canned is that if they eat exclusively canned and don't have bones and what not to snack on they can develop serious tartar, etc. So as long as you're keeping that in mind you should be alright.
actually the article I posted, refutes that and so does this one. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosi...cleaner-teeth/

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Well granted dry food isn't going to do as good of a job either if it's what you're exclusively feeding your pet. When I used to work at a vet hospital the cats and dogs we saw with the best teeth seemed to consistently be those on a raw diet.
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Well granted dry food isn't going to do as good of a job either if it's what you're exclusively feeding your pet. When I used to work at a vet hospital the cats and dogs we saw with the best teeth seemed to consistently be those on a raw diet.
yeah I could see that, maybe one of the reasons is that raw feeders tend to be given more bones to chew. And that can help. I had another article about this but the site is no longer available or something. Before my Molly got on canned she had tartar buildup. We had her teeth cleaned and in the last couple of years of eating canned only she has no tartar. I'm convinced. Like Sabine says , it comes down to watching your dogs teeth, some are more prone to tartar ,just like humans.

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