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schnauzerlove January 14th, 2005 06:16 PM

Canned Food only diet OK???
 
I just fed Jimmy, our 6.5 month old Mini Schnauzer, canned Wellness puppy food. He absolutely devoured it :love: !!

Is there any medical reason why he can't eat only canned food, or should his diet be supplemented with kibble?

Karin January 14th, 2005 06:28 PM

[QUOTE=MomtoJimShelby]I just fed Jimmy, our 6.5 month old Mini Schnauzer, canned Wellness puppy food. He absolutely devoured it :love: !!

Is there any medical reason why he can't eat only canned food, or should his diet be supplemented with kibble?[/QUOTE]

1.) Many dental cleanings in his future.

2.) Gastric problems.

3.) Weight gain.

4.) Expense.

There is really no hard fast rule...some small breeds thrive on canned only, but only a few without major medical problems.

He will eat dry food, I think he knows how to push your buttons already..dare I ask, are you spoiling him & giving into every whim?

Lucky Rescue January 14th, 2005 06:33 PM

IF you're feeding premium food like Wellness, I see no problem with him eating that only. The problems come from feeding grocery store food, which is composed mainly of water and cereal. I would feed my dog canned Wellness only, but at 75lbs, it would literally cost a fortune! :eek:

There is no proof that dry food helps keep teeth healthy. How many cleanings are needed depends on genes and maintenence, just like for us.

Cinnabear January 14th, 2005 11:29 PM

But what happens to the gums if only wet food is used?

chico2 January 15th, 2005 07:13 AM

I would think it would be ok,you can still give crunchy treats and get him used to having his teeth brushed,since he's just a puppy.
Wellness is high quality food,dry or wet..maybe you could mix wet/dry!!

schnauzerlove January 15th, 2005 07:33 AM

Jimmy does have dry food available (Wellness Puppy) but he picks at it. If I could leave it down for him 24/7, I wouldn't worry, but we also have Shelby (Yellow Lab) and she devours Jimmy's puppy food at every opportunity. So, I can only leave it down when Shelby is outside or in another room.

If I feed Jimmy the canned food, he eats it at once. That way, I know he has eaten a good breakfast and dinner. He still picks at his kibble.

Both Shelby and Jimmy also get soup marrow bones once a week.

Lucky, FYI, at a price of $2.59 per can, it would cost $19.00/day for you to feed your 75 lb baby canned Wellness :eek: !!

Karin....yes, we definitely do spoil Jimmy (and Shelby too). The canned food is not a matter of giving in to his every whim, just wanting to make sure he has a full belly!!

chico2 January 15th, 2005 07:43 AM

Wow!!$2,59/can???What's in it,Filet Mignon :D
I pay $1,20 for a small can of Nutro for my cats and they don't even like it,it seems more expensive if it goes to the Crows :mad:
I keep reverting back to Fancy Feast,the only wet food they'll eat,but they eat good quality dry....

schnauzerlove January 15th, 2005 08:10 AM

[QUOTE=chico2]Wow!!$2,59/can???What's in it,Filet Mignon :D

My husband says the dogs eat better than we do :crazy: !!

Now that I know Jimmy likes it, I will "shop around" to see if I can find a better price.


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