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    The breeder gave us a bunch of canned food to give to him, but when we brought him home he was passing a lot of gas and when he pooped it was just like melted ice cream. I gave him 1/4 cup blue buffalo dry food and a teaspoon of canned pumpkin and this morning he had a solid poop. Is there a benefit to giving him the canned food or is it just for when they aren't eating dry food?

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    I would say its about preference. I mix it to Mochas dry kibble at dinner time(just a little bit of it)If it is upsetting his tummy I would feed the dry food mixed with a little bit of water.Thats what I used to do when Mocha was a baby. There is an article here that is very informative about food choices, I think it will help you in making your desicion on what to feed.
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    I'm assuming I will have a lot of trial and error

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    I just want to make sure he will get his proper nutrition from the dry food without using the wet

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    @mdawson808 Yes, it will be trial and error. He will get the nutrition he needs. There are wonderfull choices out there for your puppy! Many bulldogs are allergic to chicken and grains ,some potatoes. I know chicken and grains dont set well with Mocha so I stay away from them completly.Go check out the food list here, it will at least point you in the right way. What I feed is Natural Balance LID grain free. That was my choice for Mocha after trying others. Keep adding water to your babys food to make it easier for him to chew.
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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    We always feed dry, but with pups we add a little water as @LisaMarie has stated to make it a little softer. Like she said it's mainly preference. We feed our pups FROMM puppy, and our adult bullies FROMM 4 star, it works for us. You just have to find the one that works for your little guy, plus we take them off puppy food around 7 or 8 months of age.
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    I am feeding blue buffalo right now (that is what the breeder feeds) I have noticed the chicken being hard on our puggle so I bought a bag of the lamb and oat meal. I have been mixing it 50/50. Her stool stiffened up. Same for little carmine

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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    With any of my pets, I never ever feed canned food. I prefer to feeds the solid food since it's better for their teeth and lack a lot of the preservatives that tend to be in the canned stuff. If you want softer food because the pup is young then I normally put just a small smidge of warm water to the dry food to soften it up and make a bit of gravy.
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    That settles it. That's all he is getting.

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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bizzymammabee View Post
    With any of my pets, I never ever feed canned food. I prefer to feel the solid food since it's better for their teeth and lack a lot of the preservatives that tend to be in the canned stuff. If you want softer food because the pup is young then I normally just a small smidge of warm water to the dry food to soften it up and make a bit of gravy.
    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.

    So, really, the main decision on whether to go canned versus dry centers on 2 things: Cost and Convenience. Canned is much more expensive than Kibble. And, once you open a can, you got about an hour or two before that food goes rancid - so you can't just leave it in the bowl until the dog eats it all like you can do with Kibble. You'll have to refrigerate, re-heat, all that inconvenient goopla.

    I go the best of both worlds way. I use measured dry kibble mixed with a bit of canned food. My dogs eat on a schedule, so if the dogs don't eat all of the food, it gets thrown out. But, my dogs inhale their food if it's mixed with canned meat, so it's not much of a problem. It's not much more expensive than just going completely kibble, so it works out for us. But yes, sometimes, I go completely dry kibble to get them used to it to prepare them for a vacation when they have to go to my brother's house or to a boarding house. I try to keep things as easy as possible for the people I leave the dogs with.

    Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Did anybody feed their puppy canned food?

    i dont have puppies but i give my dogs a smidge of canned food just as a treat really. also i was giving it to sarah a bit more as her stool got to hard and she needed some water but it is not necessary to feed canned food. and if the stool is soft or runny then i would cut it out as canned food has more water in it than kibble and can add to the problem. good luck.

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    I will keep you guys updated

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