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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: 2259 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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Jessica H.
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Jul 02, 2008

I agree that the problem isn't dry food versus kibble, it's the amount that is being fed. Dogs are gluttons and will act hungry, even if they aren't. Read the feeding recommendations for your pet's IDEAL weight, not her current weight, and feed according to that. If you need help determine your dog's ideal weight, consult with your vet or a representative of your pet food company.

If the portion you are currently feeding she is gaining weight, reduce the portions. Easy as that. For my 40-50lb dogs I will cut back 1/2 cup at first for about a week or so and then see how they are doing. If they're losing too much weight, I'll add 1/4 or 1/8 cup back and see how they're doing after a few weeks, if they're not losing enough, I'll reduce by another 1/4 or 1/8 cup, etc.

The feeding guidelines on the back of the bag or can or box are just that -- guidelines. They are not set-in-stone for every single dog, because like humans, every dog is different!!!

If you feel "bad" about reducing the portions, try replacing a portion of her meal with the same portion of regular canned green beans. So if you're reducing her diet by 1/2 cup but feel bad feeding her "less", then try replacing 1/2 cup of wet food with 1/2 cup of canned green beans (uncooked, straight out of the can, nothing added).

Good luck!

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Sarah F.
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Jul 01, 2008

Four dogs and a cat have all been interesting on the food category. None of our animals eat wet food. The cat thinks it is repulsive and tries to cover it up like it belongs in the litter box. I guarantee you that your dog will eat what you feed it. If it has gotten spoiled on wet food it will wait for it, and gobble every bite when it comes. If you provide only dry food, the dog will eat it when it is truly hungry. An animal will not allow itself to starve to death because of preference. It may go a day with out eating because it is hoping for more, but in time it will eat the other food. You may worry or feel guilty but it is for the doggies health and life!

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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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Marta J.
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Jun 29, 2008

The problem may not be the dry food. It's more likely she prefers the wet. Wet food has more smell than dry and a more intense flavor. Just imagine mashed pototoes without the gravy or chips without the dip. I feel wet food temps some dogs to eat more than they normally would without it. Hence overweight dogs. Dogs don't need to eat as much as people think,especially small breeds. Unless a dog is VERY active it requires very little food. The reccomened feeding on the bag of food is for active dogs. Unless there is a medical reason, if a dogs is overweight it's getting too much food. Treats are also very high in calories. Be a label reader.Keep reminding yourself. Leaner dogs live longer if you start to weaken. Good luck

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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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Jun 28, 2008

Natural Balance by far is the best all round. It truly is a great food.They have a allergy type,a low calorie and they carry dog and cat. I changed all my pets (dog and cats) to it as they had allergys. So did my daughter with her 3. Our pets were loosing hair, bone mass etc. As they were not getting the proper nutrition from hills and others as the protein they have in most of the foods are from corn meal or wheat and our pets have flour and corn meal allergies.I have been quite successful helping a pet loose weight using Natural Balance. It can be found at Petco, Petsmart or any pet supply or feed store. It fills the pets and the amount of stools are smaller in girth and smell. Its a healthy food. I highly recommend it for all pets.

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