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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    Anatess is exactly right; Most Canned is far better nutritionally than Most Dry and definately tastier for them. Like everything man made for convenience, its not usually the best solution. Its really not natural for anybody to be eating %100 of their diet dehydrated. Like many here I do a mix. Fromm 4 Star Kibble with a small amount of good quality canned (currently its Natures Variety Instict, but I mix it up). Additionally they get olive oil or fish oil with every meal. When I don't have canned they get their dry topped with whatever I can find in the fridge (shredded cheese, yogurt, ham & sauted veg ) and occasionally pumpkin.

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    Obviously everyone and their dog (ha) has an opinion on what you should feed your dog, so I would look for advice from trusted sources. Dr Marty Goldstien, is a very well known and respected vet, he is Martha Stewarts and Ophra's vet, has a Vet Radio Show on Sirius satellite radio and many many books and an active practice.. Here he has listed, what is generally agreed to by informed professionals, from the Most Ideal (1) to the Least Ideal (11):

    1. Hunted, raw prey (not realistic in modern society)

    2. Fresh raw meats, bones, organ meats with very small amounts of fresh vegetables. Include a well-rounded vitamin/mineral mix and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). You can prepare your own raw diet using meat/bone pieces and parts, or you can use pre-prepared ground products such as Bravo! and Nature’s Variety.

    3. Fresh cooked meats, calcium, organ meat, with very small amounts of fresh vegetables. Include a vitamin/mineral mix, and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). There are several books on the market that help you create your own home-cooked diet. It’s best to follow the recipes in these books.

    4. Ultra Premium commercial canned foods and augmented with some fresh, raw foods. Canned foods, which are lower in carbohydrates, are much better for your pet than dry kibble. Some of the brands I like are Nature’s Variety, Merrick, and Evanger’s. These products are mostly meat, are usually grain-free, and very low in carbohydrates. The meat they use is human quality and they do not use by-products or chemical preservatives.

    5. As in #4 above, but adding fresh cooked foods

    6. Ultra Premium canned commercial foods WITHOUT fresh raw or cooked foods added

    7. Super Premium canned foods are very much like the brands above, but they use more grains. They still use good quality meats and don't contain by-products. Brand examples: Solid Gold, Innova, Pet Promise.

    8. Super Premium grain-free dry food (kibble) like Instinct by Nature’s Variety

    9. Premium canned foods. These brands use substantially less meat. Water is often the number 1 ingredient (in the Ultra Premium brands meat is the number one ingredient), they use meat by-products (poor quality waste parts) and they usually contain significant amounts of grains and chemical preservatives. Often, if all the grains are added together, they would equal or exceed the meat. The meat quality is OK, but just barely.

    10. Super Premium kibble like Innova, Prairie, Canidae, and Timberwolf

    11. Grocery store brands – canned or dry. These contain very little meat, are made with substantial amounts of meat by-products, and primarily consist of grain and grain by-products. The rendered meat used in these products came from condemned animals, ie – animals that were deemed unfit for human consumption. These products normally contain artificial colors, flavors and chemical preservatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracoliv View Post
    Obviously everyone and their dog (ha) has an opinion on what you should feed your dog, so I would look for advice from trusted sources. Dr Marty Goldstien, is a very well known and respected vet, he is Martha Stewarts and Ophra's vet, has a Vet Radio Show on Sirius satellite radio and many many books and an active practice.. Here he has listed, what is generally agreed to by informed professionals, from the Most Ideal (1) to the Least Ideal (11):



    10. Super Premium kibble like Innova, Prairie, Canidae, and Timberwolf

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    Right off the bat..I would question his choices of "premium kibble"... Let alone his rating system.
    do the best you can and feel comfortable with. AND what works for your dog. Opinions are like..well you know.

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    we give Duke 1/2 canned 1/2 dy Natures variety instinct and he does wonderful on it.. his coat is amazing and after MUCH trial and error poops are solid!
    Good Luck to you ! oh and the reason we do 1/2 wet 1/2 dry is he would inhale the dry.. the wet slows him down !

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    I save canned food for special occasions or if my pups have an upset tummy (or have meds that might give them an upset tummy). There are lots of great forum discussions about food that you might find helpful. Especially since they specifically address the nutritional needs of english bulldogs. Just make sure that you also pay attention to the treats that you use - since many tend to overlook this.

    Congrats on the puppy! Can't wait to see for pictures!
    Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors... I probably have both bulldogs laying on me or fighting for attention...




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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    I give the boys about a tablespoonfull of canned on top of their dry kibble every once in a while. I feed them dry Fromm and have tried NVI , Blue Wilderness, and Merrick canned. I think I (they) like the NVI the best.




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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    Bizzy, you got this one backwards. The dry kibble contains synthetic preservatives and artificial flavor and food color additives, the canned ones don't. Canned dog food use the vacuum sealed canning method to preserve the food whereas dry dog food has to have synthetic preservatives to remain fresh in the non-airtight bag.

    As far as teeth health is concerned, there is no benefit with the dry kibble over the canned. If you got an elderly dog that has weakened teeth then canned is even better in this instance. The chewing motion to break down kibble is not significant enough to count as a benefit. And no, it doesn't clean the teeth as it still gets stuck to the gumline. Healthy teeth is better provided by the proper chew toys or chew treats and appropriate dental care products - or going raw.

    As far as nutritional content is concerned, canned dog food is packed with higher quality meat with lesser carbohydrate content than their kibble counterpart. And, hands down, majority of dogs find it better tasting.
    I have always had yorkies. They are very well known for bad teeth as they get older. The vet told me in the puppy on up to adulthood years, the dry is much better. Now as they get older and are senior canines the softer food is more desirable depending on their teeth. When I took Raven to the vet I asked the same question since I am not used to big dogs. He told me for himself and as a recommendation he always opts for the dry food. It may just come down to a personal choice.

    I feed Merricks B4 Grain so there really isn't much by way of additives in there. I haven't really compared and looked recently at any canned stuff. I prefer the dry stuff.

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    Poor @mdawson808 !!!! To much information!!!! Do what feels right for you to do, and for your puppy. We all have our opinions and a way of doing things. I do like the kibble and as I say i mix some can food with it. I do agree with @bizzymamabee that the hard kible also helps to prevent tartar and plaque together with brushing and good dental hygiene. But that is just my opinion.
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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    Well, I guess I will throw my 2 cents in. hehe. Canned food actually IS better then dry but it may be too rich for the tummy of your little one. I wouldn't count on ANY food other than prey model RAW to help with dental hygiene. Maybe try a mix of dry and canned and see how that goes. You really just have to find what will work for your puppy. There are several good foods out there both wet and dry.

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    boy...do I agree with the Too Much Information!

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    Haha I was just curious. Maybe it will be a treat for him because it comes out the same way it went in.

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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    Well, I can't think of anything more dreary than eating dry food day in and day out.

    I make "gravy" with super hot water and a small scoop of Wellness canned food to mix in with the dry kibble. Like @BabyDuke, I have one gulper and this slows him down to boot. I also add either yogurt, cottage cheese or a scrambled egg to their food. Egg breakfast is the only time I get to see Bea do a "happy breakfast dance" so it's worth it. ha ha ha

    @cowsmom suggested adding protein to Bea's diet and it's helped with her energy level a great deal. I can see a difference. It's awesome.

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