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Old 07-17-2014, 10:41 PM
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I have a 10lb male a 6lb male and a 4lb female. The two boys eat 1/4 cup twice a day and maintain weight perfectly. My female is a very tiny and cobby 4lbs and I am having a terrible time keeping her from gaining weight. I rotate kibble, but no matter what I do, she looks porky. I feel like I am starving her and have no idea how much I should be feeding such a tiny dog. Its 10 times easier keeping my lab from getting fat! I am thinking of putting her on Acana solely but have no idea where to start as the feeding guide says 1/4-1/2 cup and thats way too much for her.
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Acana is a great food. Just watch out for the high protein content.


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My little ones are currently on Merrick grain free. My four pound girl eats a few kibbles less than 1/8 cup twice daily. Oddly enough, my 2.5 pound girl eats just about the same amount. Both are fit and trim. My suggestion... Ignore those feeding guidelines! They were developed for "average" dogs. But whose dog is average?! Feed according to her body weight. Too heavy, feed less. Too thin, feed more. If you are continuously feeding less (and not giving extra treats, etc) but she is STILL heavy, then it's time for a vet visit and maybe a thyroid panel.


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Is she getting adequate exercise? Walks do wonders. Lady was a bit overweight when I got her but she wasn't walked consistently. She is now about 5.2 pounds. She was just over 6 pounds when I got her. She eats a heeling tablespoon of Ziwipeak with a few crumbles of Stella and Chewey's twice a day. She is getting consistent walks now too.
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My little ones are currently on Merrick grain free. My four pound girl eats a few kibbles less than 1/8 cup twice daily. Oddly enough, my 2.5 pound girl eats just about the same amount. Both are fit and trim. My suggestion... Ignore those feeding guidelines! They were developed for "average" dogs. But whose dog is average?! Feed according to her body weight. Too heavy, feed less. Too thin, feed more. If you are continuously feeding less (and not giving extra treats, etc) but she is STILL heavy, then it's time for a vet visit and maybe a thyroid panel.


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Love the Merrick brand. It's such an amazing food. My feeding regimen for my two small girls is similar to yours except I add Stella's to their kibble. Wish the two boutiques I shop at carried Merrick, I'd totally switch from Fromm to that.


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Love the Merrick brand. It's such an amazing food. My feeding regimen for my two small girls is similar to yours except I add Stella's to their kibble. Wish the two boutiques I shop at carried Merrick, I'd totally switch from Fromm to that.


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Have you thought about just ordering online? Chewy and petflow have pretty good prices! Mine love merrick. We rotate flavors with each bag. So far, buffalo seems to be the favorite!


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Have you thought about just ordering online? Chewy and petflow have pretty good prices! Mine love merrick. We rotate flavors with each bag. So far, buffalo seems to be the favorite!


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Never thought about ordering it online. I forgot how affordable Chewy's is. I bought a couple buddy belts on there a while back.


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The guidelines are simply a starting point, it all really depends on the dog. My 8 lb boy Mojo eats the same amount as my smaller chis bc he gains weight really easily!

I've always been interested in Merrick food too bc the flavors look great for dogs w allergies like Lola but dog food advisor has had lots of negative reviews in the past few months, looks like quality control problems and dogs having lots of digestive issues.
ChiChiLove, have you had any issues?

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