|Barked: Sun May 6, '12 8:00pm PST |
|I cook for my girls. They get three meals a day, one cooked, one Honest Kitchen, and one kibble. This is less work than going the whole hog, but keeps me ready to drop out the kibble and give them cooked or Honest Kitchen for every meal if the kibble we're using becomes suspect.
They also get raw chicken wings once or twice a week. Raw chicken wings, chicken necks, chicken backs, or turkey necks are very manageable and safe for most small dogs, and it's wonderful for the health of their teeth, coats, and skin.
If you want to stick with kibble, what you need to avoid right now is anything manufactured at Diamond. There are threads in the Food & Nutrition forum with info.
If you want to consider either raw or home cooking, there is a lot of helpful information in the home cooking and raw forums. I know people who have been successfully raw feeding their small dogs for years. It may not be for you, as it is not for me except for my girls' weekly raw meaty bones for their teeth, but if you want to try it the info is out there. Same with home cooking.
If you want to switch off kibble, but aren't comfortable plunging into either home cooking or raw feeding, there are still options. Honest Kitchen is dehydrated raw, manufactured in a facility that mainly makes human food. What this means is that it's inspected by the FDA, not the USDA. FDA, while far from perfect, has higher standards than USDA has for pet food factories. There are also other prepared raw foods, though at the moment, nearly 11pm here, I'm blanking on anything except Stella & Chewy's.
There aren't any perfect choices, but there are lots of good ones. You just need to decide where your comfort level is, and choose what works for you and your dog.
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