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Old 11-10-2012, 11:00 PM
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Hello all,
My name is Lisa & I have a 4 month old, 2lb tri-color chi named Tyson. He is definitely the light of my life! Our previous dog (who has since passed) was a min pin so we are fairly accustomed to a small breed dog, but chihuahuas sure seem to have quite a lot more requirements! (or we were just not properly educated in the past! )

Anyways, this time around I am determined to make sure Tyson has the best there is available to him! So far we have had no major issues with him, besides him being too darn cute & suckering us into buying him lots of toys.
I have already read so much helpful information posted from everyone & it has really helped! THANK YOU!

One question I still have is about dry dog food. Tyson is on a brand called Nutro, which I'm sure isnt the greatest but that was what he was on when I purchased him. I switched him to Blue Buffalo Puppy & he ended up with horrible gas and lots of bowel movements. I'm guessing it was just too high in protien for his little system. After reading through a bunch of posts on here I'm seeing that Acana or Fromm seems to be a high quality dry food. Does anybody have any opinions on which one they prefer? Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:48 PM
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I have used Fromm and they did fine on it. I am one that switches almost every bag, so that they have a difference from the one before it. Always 4-5 star foods. I have used GO and NOW, which are great, but not very common. I just started a lower cost grain free food, called American Natural Premium. Has anyone else heard of this food?.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:07 PM
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I'd highly recommend Fromm or Acana. They are both high quality.

Also, you may want to look into Ziwipeak. It is air dried raw that looks like small pieces of jerky. It's scoop and serve like kibble but has the benefits of raw. I have fed it to my Toby since July and he has truly gotten softer fur, sheds less often, no testing, small hard poops and he loves his food.

Personally, any of those three is better than Nutro.


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Jaxx has been on several brands of food. We slowly moved up to the highest quality kibble I could find.
I think my favorite kibble is Orijen or Acana.
We are currently slowly transitioning Jaxx to Ziwipeak though and he loves it. He gets a little bit mixed with his Orijen at each meal and usually picks out the Ziwipeak first. I am ready to switch him over to Ziwipeak but we still have about 2-3 weeks of Orijen left.
Ziwipeak is a tad more expensive than kibble but you feed them less of it because it is such a high quality food so even a 2 pound bag lasts a while if you are feeding just one dog. From my estimation I can feed Jaxx Ziwipeak for the same price as Orijen and a couple dollars more than Acana.
I had really put off switching Jaxx to Ziwipeak because the price for a 2 pound bag scared me but after some of the members here pointed out that you don't feed as much of it I immediately started the switch.
No matter what food you choose it is great that you are looking for a better quality food. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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I feed Gemma grain free Acana Grasslands for her morning meals and she does well it. She gets fresh raw in the evenings. Acana is very affordable. I'd definitely recommend if you're looking for the best kibble. However, I would feed Ziwipeak air dried raw if Gemma liked it, but she won't eat it. It's a bit more expensive, but you only have to feed so little so it lasts a long time. Well worth every penny if you can afford it. Almost every dog loves it. I mean, what's better than pure meat? Gemma is just weird!

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Thank you everyone!

I just purchased a bag of "Fromm Puppy Gold" this afternoon from a local pet food store that specializes in grain-free, limited ingredient, raw, organic and frozen pet foods. I'm very excited to try it tonight! The owner of the store also gave me some free samples of "Solid Gold- Just a Wee Bit" to try out as well. I am by no means concerned with the prices of Tyson's food whatsoever, he deserves only the best & he will be getting that regardless of cost! The way I see it, I'll end up saving all that extra money in the long run because of less vet visits & other complications resulting from a poor diet. Hopefully I can start to integrate some Ziwipeak that a few of you had suggested as well.

Since everyone here seems like such pro's when it comes to chihuahuas, maybe you all can give me a few options as far as treats go. Right now Tyson does not get any kind of commercial dog treat. He loves chewing on cold carrots out of the fridge or getting cheerios for his potty training, but I would love to get him something tasty that will also be safe & healthy. He had some (very small pieces) Clould Star Buddy Biscuits but they seemed to give him some gas & loose poops so we stopped those right away.
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Thank you everyone!
Since everyone here seems like such pro's when it comes to chihuahuas, maybe you all can give me a few options as far as treats go. Right now Tyson does not get any kind of commercial dog treat. He loves chewing on cold carrots out of the fridge or getting cheerios for his potty training, but I would love to get him something tasty that will also be safe & healthy. He had some (very small pieces) Clould Star Buddy Biscuits but they seemed to give him some gas & loose poops so we stopped those right away.
Jaxx loves carrots. I actually keep carrot sticks in the freezer just for him. He seems to like them better frozen.
The only other treat he gets is Ziwipeak treats. Jaxx loves the Vension treats by ZP and will do anything to get one. They are already small but I usually tear them up into 2 or 3 pieces especially when training. You can contact Ziwipeak through their website and tell them you are interested in their food, treats, or both and they will send you out samples.
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Jaxx loves carrots. I actually keep carrot sticks in the freezer just for him. He seems to like them better frozen.
The only other treat he gets is Ziwipeak treats. Jaxx loves the Vension treats by ZP and will do anything to get one. They are already small but I usually tear them up into 2 or 3 pieces especially when training. You can contact Ziwipeak through their website and tell them you are interested in their food, treats, or both and they will send you out samples.
Wow, thank you so much! I'm so glad I decided to join here, everyone has been soooo helpful
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