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What is the best food for a finicky 5lb Chihuahua mix?

The vet thinks she might be around a year old and she's in good health, but...she just picks at food. At first she loved the soft chunky meat pouch food by Pedigree, Little Champions. Then she turned her nose up and started eating the cat's dry cat food...so I bought her dry Purina Puppy Chow...liked it at first, now she doesn't. Am I just being an over concerned new dog mom?

 
lizard111

Asked by lizard111 at 2:19 PM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Pets

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  • I may get bashed but...yes lol. thats not bad tho, we love our fur babies!
    My advice is listen to the vet on a healthy choice for your dog-then stick with it. Cat food is NOT made for dogs, its a different formulation and can do harm. Trust me, your doggy wont starve lol. we put human emotions on our pets(aka-he is soooo hungry and hates it) when really its a test. The food for a dog that type and size is formulated the way it is to help them be their very best, health wise...so stick to it.
    (spttt? shhh.....mix in a lil bit of plain cooked rice, and I mean a smidge, tablespoon, to the food to make him like it, slowly pull out the rice :))
    Bearsjen

    Answer by Bearsjen at 2:23 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Purina/Pedigree (nor Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, & Ol Roy, plus many other common brands) are NOT good brands of dog food. They are full of corn, byproducts, and other yucky stuff! Just do a little bit of research online about dog food and you will be shocked. Here are some sites that I like: http://www.dogfoodproject.com, http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com, http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews (rates all brands from 1 to 6 stars; Purina/Pedigree all get 1 star), and http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com (rates them from 1 to 5 stars; again Purina/Pedigree only get 1 star). I currently feed mine Canidae All Life Stages and it is awesome. I/they also like Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo.
    CollinBayleeMom

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 2:28 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • you can go with eukanuba dog food. and trust your dog wont starve and i will get bashed on this but measure out an amount and leave it out all day for it to munch on when it starts to turn it nose up ignore it. when they get hungry enough and relize that you arent going to give in to their demands it will eat it again. i say eukanuba because it is a very good dog food with no fillers at all and they have specially designed foods for certain breeds. i have a lab and when i switched her to it he was way more energy like she was a puppy again and she also acted full unlike any other dog food i had fed her. and if you know labs they can eat til they cant move.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 2:30 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • You cannot trust most vets when it come to nutrition! Out of the, what, 8 or 10 yrs they are in vet school, they only study nutrition for about 3 WEEKS and those classes are taught by Hill's (Science Diet), Purina, or Royal Canin. Of course most vets are going to recommend one of those brands; they make huge profits off of them!
    CollinBayleeMom

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 2:30 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Thanks for your input...I'm doing my best to keep her out of the kitties food!
    lizard111

    Comment by lizard111 (original poster) at 2:25 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • look at the ingedients like when you buy your dog food it should list meat at the first ingedient and no corn or fillers. if there is corn or fillers they should be listed at the end.
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 2:31 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

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