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I'm not entirely ready to switch to 100% raw feeding, yet. I know that my current kibble isn't completely a great thing to be feeding my new girl, Bella. But, I'm wondering about feeding her a partially raw diet and what I may need to supplement her kibble with. Thanks for any helpful information.
 

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What is Bella eating now? I can't overemphasize how important nutrition is to our tiny breed. Every bite counts. There is no room for junk food or fillers.

Before you start adding raw, I'd get her on the best kibble you can get/afford. Once she's on a great quality kibble (Acana, ZiwiPeak, Fromm are all good) then you can look at adding in some raw. You may want to start with a pre-made (Stella and Chewy's, Primal, Bravo, or Natures Variety are all good brands) and then branch out into prey model raw if you so desire.

But first get her on the best kibble you can right away.
 

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There are tons of threads on this question, perhaps going and looking through some of the others will help you :)
Folks on here mainly feed Acana, Fromm, and Orijen. I personally feed Brewster mostly Acana currently (we're transitioning him to Acana from Wellness).
 

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Well, I feel it necessary to post this update on Bella. Last night after feeding her just a small portion of the boiled chicken breast, sometime in the night she threw up pretty much all of the chicken that I gave her. And her stools are also water and bloody tinged. I know she's had every round of puppy shots and hasn't been exposed to any parvo area but she was dewormed about four days ago. She isn't shedding any worms that I can see and she didn't have any worms while she was at the vet for a checkup. So, I don't think I'll be feeding Miss Bella anymore of a raw diet, seeing as how her stomach obviously can't handle it. I'll just stick with kibble, but I'll update her kibble and upgrade to a higher quality kibble. I can't feed Orijen or Acana or anything like that as Walmart doesn't carry it and like I've said before, our local pet store has had multiple bad batches of the higher quality food.
 

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Well, I feel it necessary to post this update on Bella. Last night after feeding her just a small portion of the boiled chicken breast, sometime in the night she threw up pretty much all of the chicken that I gave her. And her stools are also water and bloody tinged. I know she's had every round of puppy shots and hasn't been exposed to any parvo area but she was dewormed about four days ago. She isn't shedding any worms that I can see and she didn't have any worms while she was at the vet for a checkup. So, I don't think I'll be feeding Miss Bella anymore of a raw diet, seeing as how her stomach obviously can't handle it. I'll just stick with kibble, but I'll update her kibble and upgrade to a higher quality kibble. I can't feed Orijen or Acana or anything like that as Walmart doesn't carry it and like I've said before, our local pet store has had multiple bad batches of the higher quality food.

I wouldn't give up on a raw diet just because she was sick one time. Besides, wasn't the chicken breast boiled? It sounds like something else is going on.

Why not order food online? PetFlow and PetFoodDirect carry a ton of high quality brands. It is usually cheaper than buying in the store as well. I wouldn't limit yourself to just WalMart if possible- every food there is junk full of fillers and dyes.
 

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I'm a bit confused too; boiled chicken has the nutrients removed, so doesn't have the same benefits as feeding a raw diet. And, it's not unlikely for a dog to be even allergic to a cooked version of one food, yet not allergic to it in its raw form. TBH kibble (and I'm saying this nonspecifically as I don't know what brand you're feeding) is going to do more damage long term. Tracy said it best though; there are some great brands of kibble out there; and often their websites have a "dealer locator" or "online order" option to search both ways. Good luck with Bella and keep us posted on the little darling! =)
 

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The chicken breast was boiled, so it wasn't raw. But certainly I don't blame you for being worried about loose watery blood tinged stools!

If you can, research foods. There's really nothing you can buy at Walmart that is a quality kibble. You can go to dogfoodanalysis.com and plug in the foods and read the reviews.

Do you have a feed store, farm store, TSC or Atwoods? They can carry good brands. And they will be the same price or cheaper than Walmart. Look for Taste of the Wild or Blue Buffalo. TSC has a grain inclusive store brand (made by diamond) called 4Health that is pretty good. It certainly is miles ahead of the purina and iams you will find at walmart.

You will feed LESS of a premium brand and it won't cost as much as you think to switch to a better grade of food. Proper nutrition is really important in these tiny breed dogs. Every bite counts. And feeding a 5 pound dog shouldn't be a hardship, they are so small and they really don't eat that much. I can understand wanting to keep costs down if you were feeding a mastiff! But a chi is small. It is worth it to buy the best food you can.
 

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I'll check out the foods that TSC offers, because we have one of those around here. But, I thought that it wasn't good to choose a grain inclusive kibble? I thought you wanted to choose a food that didn't have grains as fillers in them. Did you mean to say grain exclusive? Maybe I'm the one confused here lol.
 

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I don't feed raw, well actually, I have been using THK for one meal, but heed Tracy's advice! She is very knowledgeable on raw!

I feed Wellness Core. But I have also fed Orijen and Fromm. Between the last two, I would pick Fromm.

Also, check out dogfoodadvisor.com.
 

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It would be good to get a grain free brand, but really anything with grain NOT from Walmart would be better than somethig from there. I think what Tracy meant is that the brand containing grain made by TSC is better quality than any WalMart food.

Blue buffalo makes a kibble w/ grain that would still be OK to feed. Do you live near a Petco or Petsmart? They carry higher quality brands than WalMart.
 

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I've been looking at the dogfoodadvisor.com's review on 4Health and it's reasonably priced within our budget for food so I think I'm gonna give her some more time to get settled in and then starting next month I'm going to be making the switch to 4Health. It's received great reviews online, so I think we will try that. I don't live anywhere close to a Petsmart or Petco unfortunately.
 

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I've followed the advice of Dog Food Advisor and the 4Health brand is the brand that I'll be trying come September.
 

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I've followed the advice of Dog Food Advisor and the 4Health brand is the brand that I'll be trying come September.
Let us know how you like it. It is a huge step up from walmart foods and about the same price! No corn, wheat, or soy. It does contain grain but it's still much better quality than Iams or Purina. It is made by Diamond, which has had some recalls, so be aware of that. But as far as the least expensive foods, it is a decent one.
 
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