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Bichon puppy - fresh snack suggestions?

Scary
May 27th, 2008, 01:57 PM
Hey All, its been a while...

My parents have a 7-month Bichon Friese pup :dog: (Mimi, SUPER cute) and she eats ok (Orijen or Innova kibble mostly). What I want to know, is what fresh treats can I give her?
She has various 'snack' crackers as treats, and I've given her bites of apple which she loves... what else is safe to try? Of course 4-5 bits of anything is where I stop, I don't want to 'mess with her movements' (so to speak).

Thanks, Scary

PS - For any long-termers, my cat Luna is now six and doing well... still overweight and only getting 1/3-1/2 cup Orijen/day. Oh well... :cat:

sugarcatmom
May 27th, 2008, 02:27 PM
PS - For any long-termers, my cat Luna is now six and doing well... still overweight and only getting 1/3-1/2 cup Orijen/day. Oh well... :cat:

I'll leave the snack question to the doggie people, but as for your kitty still being overweight, the best thing would be to ditch ALL kibble and go with a completely wet food diet. Have you had any luck finding some other canned varieties that Luna will eat? Here are some tips for making the transition: http://www.catinfo.org/#Transitioning_Dry_Food_Addicts_to_Canned_Food_

And info on why wet is better: http://www.catinfo.org/

BusterBoo
May 27th, 2008, 07:56 PM
I have a mix tzu/bichon and he loves his fresh snacks! Apples and broccoli are his favorites. Just be careful with the broccoli, they tend to have a bit of "gas" if they eat too much (wanted to put the EWWWWW emoticon but it won't work!)

Buster also loves ice cubes as treats and anything with cheese!

Frenchy
May 27th, 2008, 09:20 PM
ĢI give carrots to my guys , and Rainbow posted this recipe for salmon treats , easy to make and the dogs love them :cloud9:

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=25544&highlight=salmon+treat

Scary
May 31st, 2008, 12:16 PM
Hey there... I did look at those sites... some contrary info to my decent knowledge base, but all is worth a read...

Luna gets a wet can once a week, but when she ate more of that (more often) she gained a bit... and I'm not always home to feed her each day (sadly).
I can up it a bit more, but I worry about her teeth too... and I only feed her top-of-the-line wet food. After MANY tries - had to get her off her old recalled Nutra stuff last year - she now eats Wellness chicken.

Any futher thoughts are still al help with either topic!

sugarcatmom
May 31st, 2008, 01:21 PM
Luna gets a wet can once a week, but when she ate more of that (more often) she gained a bit...

If you don't cut back on the kibble when you add canned, that'll happen. Total calorie intake still has to be accounted for. A basic guideline is 20-30 cal/lb/day of ideal body weight.

and I'm not always home to feed her each day (sadly).

If it makes a difference, you can leave canned out for longer than most people think (like up to 12 hours). I typically put a 3 oz can down in the morning when I go to work and my guy nibbles it over the next several hours. Add a bit of extra water to prevent it from drying out. Or you can try an automatic feeder with frozen gel-packs. Or even freezing the canned and letting it thaw out in the cat's dish over the course of the day. If you have a petsitter come in while you're out of town, they should at least be able to feed one wet food meal per day (someone has to scoop the box, after all!).

I can up it a bit more, but I worry about her teeth too...

It's a myth that kibble has any dental benefits, and in fact may do more harm than good (inappropriate texture for an animal designed to tear into meat, not grind plants). If you think about it, why is there so much dental disease despite dry food's popularity?

The best thing for teeth (besides brushing - which is something I have yet to master in my own very orally defensive kitty), is gnawing on raw meat chunks and bones. Plus regular exams and cleaning at the vet. More on the teeth/kibble connection: http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=doesdryfoodcleantheteeth
http://home.ivillage.com/pets/cats/0,,p8ds,00.html

Anyway, sorry to get sidetracked from your original question. All the best to you and your furry friends.

becmonchu
June 3rd, 2008, 11:44 AM
I also have my pup on Orijens and Innova kibble. I give him about 2 tablespoons of wet food (morning time or dinner time only) (wellness or merricks) once a day mixed with his kibbles.

For snacks, I got the Zuke's salmon bites to feed him. I try not to feed him any foods I would eat just yet as I don't want him to start begging when I am eating. Sometimes I'll give my buddy some peanut butter in his kong.

Etown_Chick
June 9th, 2008, 01:55 AM
Scruffy will eat anything so I don't guarantee your doggy will like them, but here are his faves:
pea pods
mini carrots
cucumber
apples
bananas
papaya