Last time I boarded Harley(Rotti), one of the techs suggested I stop buying the small bite kibble. I told her I buy it because I feed Bailey(Maltese) the same food. Now, I'm wondering why it would even make a difference.
It does'nt matter what size the kibble is, to me anyway. What matters is what's in that kibble. Small dogs obviously need it, but there's no reason for a large dog not to have it, unless they think they're going to choke on it, by not chewing it, and scarfing it down.
I dont think it specifically matters, have been told by large breed breeders that not only does the small kibble fall out of their mouths while trying to chew, but the larger size pieces help satisfy some of their chewing cravings.
When he was a couple months old my dog had a throat problem and I had to wet his food which made kibble easier to swallow. Since then he hasn't chewed his kibble. Even if I give it to him a couple at a time as a treat he tends to swallow it whole. Although I can't choose the size of the kibble because he is on a special diet formula I prefer that it is smaller if he isn't chewing. I noticed that Royal Canin makes a kibble that is especially for boxers which is "wave shaped" to accomodate their unique jaw. Interesting concept but probably only a marketing tool.
Even the vets can't be trusted 100%. When my Bullmastiff pup Ruby developed digestion problems my vet said to give her Royal Canin formula for stomach. It is $73 for the large size bag of kibble. I fed her that for a while and she did show some improvement but was still having some issues and her stools weren't as firm as her litter sister's. I was not happy with the ingredients in the Royal Canin and started looking for another food that had better quality ingredients and hopefully a more reasonable price. I am now feeding her Canine Cavier chicken and pearl millet puppy which is $41 for 33 pounds. I am also feeding a Chihuahua,a Rat Terrier,five other Bullmastiffs, and five rescued cats so the cost for feeding everyone is important.
I feed my dogs Innova Evo, and the kibble is so small the cats can eat it, and they're old cats. Even at the size my dogs are, they do chew it, but it also falls out of their mouths too. When I had Rottweilers, they inhaled their food, and never chewed it.
Harley has never been a chowhound. I've never noticed him swallowing his food whole or any falling out of his mouth. I've heard over and over that Rotties are one of the breeds that can easily become overweight. Harley is on the lean side and isn't a big eater. I guess I should count myself lucky, LOL.
I keep kibble down all the time even though mine eat canned at meal times. I buy Welliness Super-Mix for the 2 senior schnauzers and small kibble for Kayla. I guess they think they are yorkies because they love the small kibble best. I just let them eat what they want because it would be hard to seperate it out. As long as your dog is getting all the right nutrients I can't see what it would hurt.
for whatever bizarre reason, all my large breed dogs have always preferred smaller kibble. so anything we feed has to be small or they will not eat it. i haven't found that it falls out of their mouths, which i guess just makes me lucky.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Yes there IS a very serious reason to feed a large dog big kibble. If large dogs ingest the small food too quickly they can be prone to "Bloat" which if not treated immediately will mean death.
Bloat is a life threatening disease caused by a rapid accumulation of air in the stomach, commonly accompanied by malposition or rotation of the stomach and adjacent organs.
Size and structure of the dog are the two biggest factors that contribute to bloat. Large dogs with a deep and narrow chest are at greater risk, and the risk increases as the dog ages.
Signs of bloat are not always obvious to the dog owner. The development of Bloat may come on suddenly and be severe, or develop slowly over a period of 8 to 12 hours.
Unsuccessful attempts to vomit Pacing or other evidence of discomfort Intense salivation Possibly visual swelling of the abdomen As Bloat progresses, the dog often becomes weak and prostrate as it goes into shock. The gums will turn white, then gray.
Not all dogs will show swelling of the abdomen. If you suspect Bloat, seek immediate veterinary attention!
About 25 percent of dogs that bloat will die. For dogs that have surgical treatment, the reoccurrence rate is less than 5 percent, without surgical treatment, nearly all dogs will have a reoccurrence of Bloat.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 11/10/2008 2:25:47 AM*** Reason: No kennel links permitted