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Hi Everyone! I am new to the forum and its great to be part of the chi parent community.

I have dedicated hours and hours to trying to figure out the best food for my chi and his long-term health. I am sure many of you have done the same because we want the best for our chis. But I find that there is so much conflicting info out there, it becomes so confusing.

My vet says grain free and wet food is better. What have you guys heard?

I am trying to decide if Innova canned adult food or Party Animal Chillin chicken would be best....anyone feed their chis any one of these?

Does anyone swear by a certain food they have been feeding their chi for awhile now? Can anyone give me, and I'm sure others, any good advice they have been told regarding the best food?

I know many people give their dogs raw and homemade, but I can't quite do that right now with my schedule, but perhaps one day...so for now, I am looking for a great canned.

Thank you in advance everyone, Chi lovers unite!
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From the research that I've done on kibble and canned, ZiwiPeak and EVO seems to be the closest to raw. ZiwiPeak isn't kibble, but it is even better than EVO. It is expensive and comes in a jerky form in a 2.2 lb. and 11 lb. bag. It also comes in canned.

I know some have had great success with Natures Variety too.
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EVO Small Bites Kibble. This comes in Beef as well.

http://www.evopet.com/products/default.asp?id=1488

Canned (Other flavors available).

http://www.evopet.com/products/default.asp?id=1494
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Natures Variety Instinct

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Orijen is pretty good too.

http://www.orijen.cz/orijen/products...gredients.aspx

And ZiwiPeak.

http://www.ziwipeak.com/nzl/cuisinefamily.shtml

I use ZiwiPeak and Evo 95% canned. My dogs enjoy the taste, and do very well on both. I prefer to use ZiwiPeak canned, but it's about $4 a can. The EVO is from $2 to $3.79 a can, depending on the protein you choose. Duck being the most expensive.

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If your dog is young and has teeth to eat dry, I would say go with dry, chihuahuas have alot of trouble with their teeth. My senior chi doesn't have the teeth for dry and I'm switching her over to canned (special senior varity). But I would say look for a good dry food.
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Oh, and I prefer a mixture of both. The kibble for their teeth, and canned for added moisture. Adding the extra moisture helps them break down all of those proteins in the grain free.
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Kibble doesn't actually clean teeth, it helps rot them. Do you eat ginger snaps to help clean your teeth? Crunchy food does NOT equal teeth cleaning.

I would go for a grain free, canned food like Innova EVO, Merrick Before Grain, EVO 95% meat, Wellness grain free varieties, etc. I would also give the pups raw chicken wings weekly for dental health. This way, you're getting the benefits of raw eating without going out of your way, it's easy if you're a busy person.
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