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Q: My Pug doesn't like Dry Food, but I want her to loose a little weight. Any brands you suggest?

June 28, 2008 | By Samantha S. | 7 answers | Expired: 2358 days ago

Samantha  S.

My dog Pugsie has tried Beneful dry food with the wet. She responds well to dry Chicken and wet Beneful, but leaves the dry alone. I need to find a dry food that she will like, that is lower in fat (and hopefully price).

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Jessica H.
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Jul 02, 2008

I will clarify, have no idea where I got the overweight bit from, but what I do want to say is -- if your dog is happy on wet food and you are happy on wet food, and she is healthy and at a good weight, why switch to kibble?

I personally don't like wet food because it's mostly water and expensive for the nutritional quality, therefore you have to feed a LOT more wet food to get the same nutrition as kibble. BUT not everyone is like me. If you are ok with her eating wet food then I would advocate good dental hygiene for her and just watch the weight.

If you're worried about price, then wet food is definitely not the right choice. As I already said, wet food is mostly water by weight and has "diluted" nutrients because of the high moisture content, therefore having to feed more to get the proper amount of nutrients, therefore putting a bigger dent in your wallet.

HEALTHY DOGS WILL NOT LET THEMSELVES STARVE. If you take away the wet and she refuses to eat kibble, DO NOT GIVE IN. Do not think you are "starving" her. She will eat it when she's hungry.

Put out the kibble for 15 minutes. Make sure she knows it's there. After 15 minutes, remove the food whether she has eaten or not. If you have more than one meal time a day, then put out the food again for 15 minutes. She will eventually get the hint that when the food is down, it will go away if she doesn't eat it. It may take a few times, but I assure you she WILL eat it!

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Criscil
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Jun 29, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Senior Dog is also a very good, natural dog food. But, if Pugsie is the picky type, she may put up her nose at any dry food. In that case, I suggest giving her nothing but the dry food for a few days. Believe me, she will not starve to death, but when she realizes that is all she's getting, she will eat it. I had to do this to my Red and Bluto because they got use to the scraps we fed them. They lasted two days; on Day 3, they ate. Problem solved.

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Leigh7
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Jun 29, 2008

I would stay away from the Beneful...it's one of the worst dog foods around.

Here are some brands I would trust: Innova, Chicken Soup, Canidae, Wellness, California Naturals, Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance. Feeding these high quality foods is as cheap as feeding Beneful, too. Your dog will need much less food. When comparing Innova with Purina, the cost per day of feeding was only THREE CENTS higher for an 80 pound dog with the Innova.

As far as losing weight, the only way to help your dog do that is to figure out what he should weigh, and feed for that weight. If he is 50 pounds, and should weigh 35, MEASURE the proper amount of food for a 35 pound dog and feed that and only that. Be sure to check for your brand, feeding amounts can vary wildly from brand to brand. Natura has a calculator on their site for their foods to help you figure amounts, but I wouldn't use that calculator for a cheaper product, as you usually have to feed twice as much of the inexpensive foods, your dog might not be getting enough.

The other thing to remember is to exercise him...walks, play, fetching...everything will help him burn calories.

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