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Old 04-14-2008, 12:20 PM
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Thanks for all the information in my other thread regarding my picky papillon puppy. (Try saying that ten times, lol)

Anyway....is EVO appropriate for a small breed puppy? I've read that's it's not okay for larger breeds, but I couldn't find anything on smaller ones. Megan is only about 3 lbs now at almost 10 weeks, and the vet doesn't expect her to get much over 10 lbs or so.

Also, are different brands wet and dry kibble formulations similar in nutritional content, or is one of them usually lacking in some way. For example, would feeding EVO wet be doing the same nutritionally for your dog as the dry kibble? Thanks for all your help!!
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:20 PM
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no reason why not

different brands of dog food will say on them if they meet (i think it's the AAFCO or something) the dog's nutritional requirements. Some, I would say, exceed it. But if you're asking between wet and dry, I wouldn't feed wet as it's really bad for their teeth! My Blossom is a dog that won't eat ANYTHING - and I've gone as long as four days before I broke down and fed her WHATEVER she wanted, because she is one dog that would seriously starve herself before eating something she didn't want (and I believe most dogs would not, she's just very stubborn and not like a normal dog at all). She's really hard to keep weight on, she's always been skinny. For her, I mix a tablespoon of 95% duck or rabbit into her dry kibble and she eats it all. Before, I had to do a half can of Merrick. Her teeth got worse doing the 1/2 can method, and I brush. So if you are interested in wet, I personally wouldn't do very much at all. Plus, once they're used to eating wet... it's really hard to go back.

just my 2 cents good luck, i love papillons! so cute.
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Old 04-14-2008, 04:42 PM
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Thanks for all the information in my other thread regarding my picky papillon puppy. (Try saying that ten times, lol)

Anyway....is EVO appropriate for a small breed puppy? I've read that's it's not okay for larger breeds, but I couldn't find anything on smaller ones. Megan is only about 3 lbs now at almost 10 weeks, and the vet doesn't expect her to get much over 10 lbs or so.

Also, are different brands wet and dry kibble formulations similar in nutritional content, or is one of them usually lacking in some way. For example, would feeding EVO wet be doing the same nutritionally for your dog as the dry kibble? Thanks for all your help!!
The EVO is fine for small breed puppies If you want to compare the wet to the kibble, you should be able to find that info on their site, www.naturapet.com. Keep in mind that a significant amount of the content in canned food is moisture, though. And there's nothing wrong with dampening the kibble with some water, or even broth.

You can find answers to all sorts of questions about nutrition and all the different pros and cons of different feeding at www.dogfoodproject.com. Mordy has put together an astounding resource there!
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:16 PM
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As the above posters said it's fine for small breed puppies, just not large/giants. As far as wet food vs. dry, the price is the biggest problem with wet. I do have to go against those that say it is bad for teeth though, that's pretty much a myth (this is what I learned from cat people). Dry food does not clean the teeth because the important part of the teeth is up by the gum and the kibbles break before they get there so the dry does not clean. And there is no reason wet food would stick to teeth anymore than dry food. It's like comparing pudding or stew sticking to your teeth to cereal without milk or crackers sticking to your teeth. I would not say that the pudding and stew sticks anymore than the crackers and cereal. You also have to keep in mind wet food spoils quicker than dry food once opened so you can't leave wet food out for the dog for hours, it's for dogs who eat their whole meal when it's served to them.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:48 PM
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Wet food has downfalls but is just as "nutritionally sound".

Downfalls:
1. more expensive (matters less with a 3 pound dog).
2. hard to get them on to kibble (can be a problem when you go out for the day... harder to carry a can around then a small bag of kibble).
3.Cant leave it down long (alot of small dogs tend to pick at their food).
4. Bad for the dogs teeth and gums to never chew on anything... however, you can combat this if you offer other options to chew on... bully sticks, bones, etc.


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Old 04-14-2008, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for all the information!

I may have to seriously look at raw sometime in the future when I'm a little more confident about it. We had chicken last night, and the poor little thing was practically flinging herself against the wall once she smelled it. It was hysterical...I've never seen anything like it. Drama queen.
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