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Old 03-23-2010, 03:18 PM
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Question Possibly changing dog foods??

So Libby's breeder asked me what I fed Bella, which is Before Grain Chicken. She wanted to know because she said that she would gradually try to switch her over to that so that it would be easier for me when I got her. So she went out and bought Before Grain and called me last night and said that Libby would not eat it. Possibly because the kibbles are too big for her?? They aren't huge, but for an 8 week old puppy, they probably are. My question is, what is another dog food, good quality, that has smaller kibbles and I can switch Bella to and the puppy? I believe that the puppy is on Royal Canin which is what Bella also use to be on, but I do not want to use that. Also, Bella use to love her food, and now I am noticing that she doesn't eat as well so I have to set the food out for her on her placemat to eat it. She doesn't like eating out of the bowl. Could this be her not liking her food, or just not like eating out of the bowl??

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Also, Bella's tummy gurgles occasionally and I don't know if it is upset from the food or if that is normal?
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Hmmm, I don't know.

Maybe the puppy doesn't like the larger kibble, that is entirely possible. Some chi-babies are SUCH picky eaters. It takes a long time to get them used to something new. When I switched Oakley's food, I started by soaking a bit of the new food in water until it was soft, so I could mush it into a paste and mix it with her current food. That way she got used to the taste of it before she ever saw any of it. Then I started crunching up bits of it really small and adding it in. It was a process but it was successful eventually =)

I want to switch to a grain free but the only one in my area available is EVO and I am nervous about the super high protein content.

Bella's growth is probably slowing down. Thus she might not want to eat as much food as she has been. Isn't she pretty close to 6 months? Around 6 months is when Oakley completely stopped growing and gaining weight, but still eats pretty well all things considered...much less than she did as a pup though, for sure.
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I honestly have no idea how big the Before Grain kibbles are, but a good all life stages kibble that I think is on the smaller side is Natures Variety (Instinct is the grain free, otherwise they also have Prairie and that is with grains). I would say they are about as round in size as a pea, and they are flattened, not in a ball. I bought the Duck and Turkey formula (it has the lower protein out of the three formulas- 35%) and I signed up on their website and got a coupon for "buy one get one free".
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Hmmm, I don't know.

Maybe the puppy doesn't like the larger kibble, that is entirely possible. Some chi-babies are SUCH picky eaters. It takes a long time to get them used to something new. When I switched Oakley's food, I started by soaking a bit of the new food in water until it was soft, so I could mush it into a paste and mix it with her current food. That way she got used to the taste of it before she ever saw any of it. Then I started crunching up bits of it really small and adding it in. It was a process but it was successful eventually =)

I want to switch to a grain free but the only one in my area available is EVO and I am nervous about the super high protein content.
Kristi, any grain free food you get is going to be very high in protein. That's kind of the point of grainless foods, the protein content is boosted because there's no grain to raise the carbohydrate level. The carbs all come from fruit and veggie sources in the kibble, and fruits and veggies (particularly veggies) all have a WAY lower carbohydrate count than any kind of grain.

Why are you nervous about a high protein content? High protein/low carb food is a dog's natural/ancestral diet. Do you think it will be damaging?
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