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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Red face Toothless foster dog needs to eat-but what?

I did it again.. I took in a poor little yorkie X shih zsu that has been used strictly for breeding who pathetically begged me to get her out. I did. I did notice a 'snaggle' tooth but did not inspect everything as it was impulsive on my part. I saw, felt horrible and took.

So my findings are as such:

Anywhere from 10+.
Huge teats that have been used over and over again
Pregnant? Not sure yet - vet visit tomorrow
Teeth (or there lack of): HORRIBLE. 6 teeth left. Snaggle tooth hanging and 2 front teeth barely hanging on. 2 rear teeth beyond recognition that they are actually teeth.
Anyways - just a mess.

Upside:

Sweetest little soul that is learning everyday to be a happy little dog. Such a wonderful soul.

Now my question:

What the heck do I feed? It is apparent that kibble is not the way. I have been feeding her Merrick can which she goobles in no time. Not to be a cheapy (but I have to bring this up), this is costing me more than imaginable. About 1 can per day at $3.50 per can.

There has to be something more cost effective and even better for her. This is the best place to ask all my dog savvy food specialists.

So I need HELP. Anyone?

The vet will see the teeth and I have a feeling I already know the answer. I need to get myself and her ready.

Any suggestions....please..:sad:
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Aww, good for you BenMax!!! She sounds like such a sweet little thing, I'm glad you found her.

As for what brands of food, I have no suggestions. Maybe the vet will be better able to let you know?

The only advice I have is that if the vet does decide to pull all her teeth, she won't be able to eat canned food the same that she is now. Generally the soft food clumps as they lick, which can make them have a heck of a time picking the clumps up if they have absolutley no teeth.

My suggestion would be to find something chunky in a gravy base that you can cut up so that she can use her tounge - like a frog to a fly - type of an idea. Does she refuse to eat the dry food, or have you tried her yet? I've known a few dogs that had no teeth that did a-ok on the dry and had no problems at all.
What do you think about wetting the dry kibble down and squishing it up with a fork?
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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What about Natures Made? I know they have a soft tube of food that you could cut up into small pieces....Not sure off hand what the cost is though.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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I discussed this with Frenchy last night over a glass of wine.. She also suggested kibble saturated in water.

The Merrick is large clumpy, meaty food. She has absolutely no problem with eating it as it is moist and easy to lick up onto her tongue.

I watched her eat a wellness training treat which is like beef jerky but soft. I can see that she has difficulty with that even with the teeth she has. I truly believe that she is in pain when she eats. Heck if I remember loose teeth and trying to eat, it was not pleasant. I am certain she is feeling the same way I did wayyyyyyyyyyyy back then.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Benmax.

I have heard that some kibble should not be soaked.

but what about grinding ( like the magic bullet or coffee grinder) the kibble into a powder and mixing a small amount of moist to make a paste.

or grinded kibble with a little water (not soaked) to make a paste??
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Benmax.

I have heard that some kibble should not be soaked.

but what about grinding the kibble into a powder and mixing a small amount of moist to make a paste.

or grinded kibble with a little water (not soaked) to make a paste??
Great suggestion. Thank you Breeze.

I never heard about not soaking some kibble.

With Julia, I feed her Acana. She gets her Merrick with Acana only at dinner and kibble only in the am. Is Acana ok with an older gal...grinded of course?
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Thank you for taking her BM

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