I have decided to switch Ace & Summer's food. Right now they eat Diamond brand puppy food but they don't really like it. I always leave a full bowl of food for them, but they don't eat it at all during the day, then at night when they realize they're not getting anything else, they'll finally eat their own food. So I'm going to switch. But I have no idea to what yet. I know this is such a repetative question, but I seriously don't have a clue. I was thinking maybe Iams? Is that a good choice?
And also, I read on a chihuahua website that chi's should be switched to adult food around the age of 10 months. Has anyone else ever heard that before? Ace'll be 10 months February 3rd.
First, I've never heard of dogs being switched at adult food at 10 months, but considering he/she is just 2 months from being an adult dog, it should be okay.
As for Iams, let me just say, I wouldn't feed Iams to any living creature. It is full of corn, chicken by products & other fillers. Vets push Iams & Science Diet because they get a kick back from the companies for selling it.
There are many wonderful and reasonably priced premium foods out there, and considering you have chis, you can even go with a higher priced one because they eat so little at a time. I feed Wellness Lamb/Rice formula, they also make chicken & rice, beef, and white fish & potato. Other great choices are Innova, Canidae, Royal Canin, Solid Gold, Life's Abundance, Flint River (although mine Cresties wouldn't touch it), and the new Merrick line of dry food looks great as well (their canned food is fantastic), and then there's what I would call more middle of the road and more easily accessible at PetSmart and PetCo like Nutro, Natural Balance, ProPlan, just to name a few. I will not feed anything that does not have a protein source as it's 1st ingredient (and no by products whatsoever), and I also avoid anything with beet pulp.
I remember when there was only dog food. no puppy or senoir blend it was just dog food. gosh what a mess. Well anyway, I have heard that puppy food is not necassary and a waste of money. also i have heard feeed the dog all the way till puppy food till there 2. and every other hog wash in between. The truth is we are trying to choose the best of the bad for the dogs. I do not fed my dogs the raw diet. i do use kibble. but the fact of the matter is dog food, no matter who it is made by, is not very good. It's highly processed, and the raw materials do not have to met the standards of "suitable for human consumption" It is the crap no of us will eat. the meat companies sweep there floors at the end of the night and sell what's in the dust pan to the dog food Co. people say that puppy food has too much protein or too much calories for big dogs or that it has the extra nutrients. no one out there has conviced me they know what they are taliking about in regards to the dog food debate. except the RAW and BARF people. cause i can see good whole some ingredients. not someting that resembles a rodent terd and has 52 different ingredents in it.
***Edited By: gunny on 1/16/2005 7:06:15 PM*** Reason: rant
Gunny, I agree with you. I had read about giving pregnant dogs raw food. I asked my vet about that and she said that no dog dog should eat raw meat. When I posted that, I was told to find a new vet. Well, I didn't.
You are right, gunny, the meat packing places do sweep up the floors and sell it to some dog food Co.That was exposed in the book 'Food Your Dog Is Dying For' That book exposed something else...It is legal in certain states to use eunithised ground pets in dog food. I stay away from meat byproducts as that can be anything that is not fit for humans. My dogs turned their noses up at Flint River too. They do like Neutro and also I cook for them.
Feeding raw is an artform. Feeding a pregnant animal can be a chemical dance onto itself. I think that few people should trust their ability to properly balance and not over or under suppliment a female dog.
I've been on both sides of the table and heard both sides. For some ether way works. In the end its what is best for your dog. What makes your dog glow with life and health. Then you have your answer.
Well, right off the bat let me say I didn't read all of the posts. Actually I only read half way through gunny's post and decided I wanted to tell you what my vet told me. I love my vet and I trust him implicity. When I got Ariel, also a chi, she wasn't liking the puppy food much either. He told me the same thing that gunny said about it being a waste of money. He said as long as you feed a high quality adult food it would be fine. Now all my dogs eat the same food, it's easier and they like it. I don't know about all the foods and if I'm going to get blasted for what I say I feed then hold your breath. My dogs all like it and they all do very well on it. It's not the most expensive but I can tell you they are all healthy and I have not had any problems what so ever. They eat Pro Plan Lamb and Rice. I get a 40 lb bag at Petsmart for about 25.00. I have also used Exceed Lamb and Rice from Sam's Club 44 lbs for 22.00. I've never had a problem with either food. I think they are very similar. Obviously the deal at Sam's club is better for me but I don't always have time to get out there. Of course I am feeding 4 dogs so I have to get big bags. Hope this helps some and I'm sure Ace would be fine.
i switched snowball at 11 mos and snoopy, right after we got him, at 9 mos because all he wanted was snowballs grown up food, not the innova puppy. they seem to like innova. i had a few sample bags of nutro ultra i was using as treats and they seemed to like that also and i know you can get that at petsmart. innova's website has a feature where you can compare up to 4 foods. it's under "tools' at the website : http://www,naturapet.com
i just got innova EVO samples, which is a kibble answer to raw and, as soon as the eye doctor tells me whether or not snoops eye problem is related to a food additive, i am going to see if they like it. i have heard good things form people regarding the EVO.
I have two chi babies (now 3 years old, but still babies!) and I feed them Canidae. They love it and have done very well. They're seem to shed quite a bit less and are extremely happy. The great thing about Canidae is that it is for all stages of life...no puppy stage, adult stage, etc. Also the kibble is not too small or large. Makes eating for my little ones much easier. They also make canned food that they love as well. I do suggest that you feed your little ones premium food that you have researched. Food that does not contain animal bi-products or too many fillers (i.e. corn meal, etc). Your pups will be much healthier and you will see it in the way they glow. I have fed Nutro as well and it is pretty good food as well, but would suggest Royal Cannin, Natural Balance, or my pick Canidae. Good luck on your search.
Going to petsmat to look for new dog food can take me 2 hours,There are sooooooo many choices,reading the label can get so confusing.My yorkie also doesn't get too excited about his food.I was feeding eukanuba until I read on her it wasn't that great ,now I feed Natures recipe .What is anyones opinion on that one? this is a neat little tool to use.http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=comp-wiz
Is it true that the main reason why puppies are supposed to eat puppy food is because it's packed with protein which is what growing puppies need, or is it because the ingredients are actually more digestible for babies?
" "... then at night when they realize they're not getting anything else, they'll finally eat their own food...."
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Are you SURE that's what they're thinking? It's NORMAL for dogs to eat at night like this. It DOES NOT mean they do not like their food.
Don't obsess too much about their food. Unless you like having fat chihuahuas who die prematurely of heart attacks, of course."
*****Of course I don't know that's what they're thinking when it comes to their food. But I do not think it's normal to have two puppies who do not eat ANY food during the day at all. Eating only at night does not seem normal to me. Maybe it is, but I'd like them to eat at least once during the day at some point.
Just because I am going to switch their food does not mean they're going to get fat and/or die of a heart attack. I'd like to find a good, healthy dog food that they'll eat two or three times a day. I didn't think it was very healthy for a puppy to only eat once a day.
"...I didn't think it was very healthy for a puppy to only eat once a day..."
Yes, but they're not that young anymore. It's not at all unusual for a ten-month-old dog to eat just once a day.
I'm sorry if I went a little overboard, but I've been there. Lot's of other people have too. They think their dogs aren't eating enough so they keep trying foods until they find something the dog gobbles up. That often ends up being Kibbles 'n Bits, or some other crap.
Dogs aren't like us. If your chi's are eating once a day, they are developing a healthy adult dog habit.
You're right, they're not little puppies any more : ( I wish they were. lol. I still talk about them as if they're still 8 weeks old. Ace'll be a year old in 3 months!
I really didn't know that dogs only ate once a day sometimes. I thought they were just holding out for something better : ) Thanks for the advice/info. BTW, Summer is not a chi, she's a pug/beagle mix who *is* a bit chubby & I have no clue as to why, since she barely eats!! I think it's the pug in her.
Acey-- I read through most of the posts on the thread. I think everyone has a very valid point and I saw some really good suggestions on the foods. I can't speak much for Summer and her eating habits but as far as Ace is concerned, he may be eating once a day because that is Summer's preference. Our Chi girl (who is almost 3 years old) eats very small portions all day long. We leave her bowl out and she gets free choice (like you do with your's). She eats 4-5 pieces at a time and then goes about her merry way! She does end up scarfing down about a cup (sorry--little more description here: She weighs about 3 lbs) in a day and a half. Try to take into account when choosing whether to switch them and what type of food to go with: Their metabolism. If Ace is super active and maintaining a healthy weight on the Diamond, then look for a food with roughly the same Protein/Fat content. We feed our girl Royal Canin Small Breed Puppy. But she is SUPER active and maintains a good weight on it. (and the pieces are small enough for her). Kinda the reverse if they are overweight. You will need to decrease their protein/fat intake. Possibly cut down on the portion as well. I just love that everyone on here posts such informative responses. Let us know if the food change helps Ace and Summer with palatability.
Asl ong as your puup is eating healthy and is looking well then i dont think you should worry over the types of food you are giving them. Just as long as you dont go over the top and feed them silly things such as chocolate - i wouldnt advise this because it gives them a poorly bellly. (poor puppies!!)
Let me ask this and please don't blast me for it. After reading all of these posts I am wondering if there is any dog food that Walmart sells that might be fine? I have no Petco's or Petsmarts near me and I have been buying the expensive Science Diet Puppy food for Toby from the vet or pet store. He is now 1 yr old and I am going to switch to adult food. Hopefully something he and Max will both like and not have to fight over anymore. Yes, Max likes Kibbles n bits but I won't buy it for him. Are there any decent dog foods that Walmart sells or am I destined to drive over an hour to the closest Petsmart?
Hi Wendy! I will admit that we fed some of the Ol' Roy before we started special ordering our dog food. I never had any trouble with the dogs' weight and they did eat it well, but they weren't on it for very long. I think Walmart also carries Purina One Lamb and Rice. We fed that too for a while. That is a pretty good food but they did seems to like the taste of other brands better. Our Vet recommends just plain old Puppy Chow. I know Walmart carries that for sure. Good Luck in finding a food that will save you and hour's drive. I don't blame you for trying to find something closer to you.