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Old 12-17-2014, 01:42 PM
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Does anyone grind up kibble, moisten and feed it like canned?

My Cookie choked on kibble (tiny Fromm pieces) a few weeks ago. E-vet visit determined she had esophagitis and megaesophagus, probably from trying to swallow down the kibbles that she eats rapidly.

So vet said from now on, 100% canned food. Fromm's canned food is out of my price range. Ihave her on Natural Balance canned, but her coat is looking dull and shedding (and it's not her typical shedding season). I really think she looked her best on Fromm Salmon Tunalini.

I have 3 other dogs, much larger than she is, so cost of food matters, along with DH taking a pay cut

So, this morning I decided to grind up a serving of the Fromm dry food into powder, then I added water (which it promptly soaked right up. Gave her a sample and she was able to eat it without any trouble.

Does anyone do this? Have you fed this way long term?
I do a cooked meat or fish/veg combo "topper" from the crock pot, so they do get real food.

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Interesting question! I've never done this, nor do I know anyone who does, but I had to add water to Max's kibble just to get him to eat it before we switched to raw. Fortunately, I've never dealt with megaesophagus (though they considered it at one time when Maggie was having trouble keeping kibble down). I can see how grinding the kibble would help it to soak up the water faster, and more efficiently. Is your pup able to eat better that way?
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What about just soaking them in warm water till they're soft.When i do vitamin tabs for Dottie,i have to put them in a plastic bag and hit them with a hammer (the things we do for our dogs )
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I use Nutro Natural Choice (chicken, rice and oatmeal, weight reduction formula for small breeds). The pieces are quite small. The Nutro formulations,and there are many of them, consist of either larger size pieces, marked for regular adult dogs, and the smaller pieces for small breeds. Simcha is a bit larger than nearly all the Chi's here, at 15 lbs. He eats all his food at one sitting, at a reasonable pace, never gulping it down. So far no problems. I suppose I should count my blessings.
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I have tried the tiniest sizes of kibbles, the problem is, they are dry, and stick to the inside of her enlarged esophagus, and then pile up. She will choke on that and also retrograde aspirate the kibbles up into her sinuses.

I've tried soaking the kibble, thinking having them soft helps, and they still pile up.

Today is the first time I've ever tried grinding kibble to powder and then adding equal amount of water. She was able to get it down fine, I massaged her esophagus after eating and there was no evidence of there being anything lodged in the throat.

I think I might try feeding her this way for a while just to see, it would be a significant savings on the canned food.

And i miss the way she did so well on the Fromm. Her coat was silk and just sparkled, good stool, far less tear staining than she has now.

She's a tiny chi, also at 3 pounds, 12 ounces. (She could lose a few ounces still ,she's a smudge chubby).
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If she was doing well on the Fromm, then i think grinding it up is the best solution. I would grind up a fresh batch for every meal rather than storing it ready ground. I hope she feels better soon.
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So Cookie's last 3 meals have been 0.4 ounces ground fromm kibble, with cup warm water. I let it sit for a good 5 minutes and then it's somewhat thickened but slightly soupy.

I have noticed that her breathing is MUCH better when she sleeps. She's not snoring herself awake (apnea) nearly as much. She has to really take her time eating her gruel meal now, which I think is definitely helping both the ME and the retro-aspirating.

Will have to see if her tear stains improve back to nearly nothing like she was before the fromm.

So, just sharing this if anyone has the need for a "soft" food, kibble + water is a viable method
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Great it's working better than grinding every time
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