Dogs noses are wet because when dogs drink they absorb water. When dogs noses are wet that is good; it means that your dog is hydrated.
-There are many great premium, dry, adult small dog kibble brands out there that are both healthy and nutritional- it really just depends on the buyer's price range, if the dog has an health problems/allergies, and what food you are currently feeding them.
Diamond Small Breed Adult is a great Premium dog food with small kibble bits, no corn/wheat/soy, no artificial colorings/flavors/preservatives, and wholesome, known sourced ingredients. Diamond Small Breed is one of the best basic, premium foods on the shelf. This brand would be a good choice for someone with a tighter budget.
Next up would be a couple different Holistic formulas including- Nature's Variety Prairie and/or Instinct, Wellness Small Breed, Halo Adult, and Natural Balance Small Breed/Bites. Holistic formulas not only contain meat protein sources, but fruits and veggies as well for a nice balanced diet.
Nature's Variety and Natural Balance Small Bites are both All-Life-Stage Diets, meaning it can be fed from puppies to seniors. Both have small kibbles, no unspecified byproducts, no corn/wheat/soy, single sourced proteins, and nothing artificial.
Nature's Variety has two separate lines known as Prairie and Instinct. Prairie is made with only wholesome grains and absolutely no corn/wheat/soy. Instinct is completely grain free for dogs with extra sensitive systems. Both of the kibbles are bio-coated with raw food for an added yummy taste and to create a unique option of switching from flavor-to-flavor with less concern/risk of an upset tummy. This is especially handy if you have a picky dog who doesn't like to settle with one flavor for very long.
Wellness Small Breed and Halo are both EXCELLENT small breed formulas withs super small kibble, Halo being the smallest kibble I have ever come across. Both of these formulas are corn/wheat/soy free, contain no artificial flavorings/colorings/preservatives, and contain only ingredients approved by company inspectors.
Finally come the raw and dehydrated diets. Raw diets are exactly what they sound like...raw meat processed and packaged with extreme care and precaution by amazing companies like Nature's Variety, Stella and Chewy's, and Primal. Some of the formulas, like Nature's variety, contain added fruits and vegetables to create a more holistic approach, while others contain just meat. This diet is a great option, especially for dental health, because this is how dogs would eat in the wild- this is their natural way of eating food. The active enzymes in the raw meat plus the breaking apart of "frozen" meat does wonders for keeping the dogs teeth clean.
Dehydrated diets are also great options, although they are on the higher priced end of dog foods- they are exceptional in their quality and only require measuring out and being mixed with water. Honest Kitchen, Grandma Lucy's, and Nature's Variety all offer dehydrated diets. Honest Kitchen is processed in USDA approved facilities and has nothing but nutrition in it.
In the end, there is not one dog food that is "the best." Different dogs require different needs and diets, and different dogs react different to different foods. Asking yourself the following question can help you narrow down your search and feel more confident in sharing/asking for information from someone at your local pet food store-
1) Does my pet have any health problems?
2) Does he/she have any allergies?
3) What food is he/she currently eating right now?
4) What breed/type of dog is he/she?
5) How old is my dog?
6) Do I have any other pets that I need to take into consideration while making a food choice?
Science Diet, Eukanuba, Iams, Beneful, Purina, Old Roy, and other grocery store brands usually contain excess amounts of corn, wheat, soy, artificial colorings/flavors/preservatives, and other unhealthy, non-nutritional fillers. Be sure to take the time to read the ingredient panels.
I'll give a brief snippet of an article I posted discussing dog foods and the different varieties. But I think clarification is need on your question. When you ask about "small dogs", do you mean small dogs in the literal sense or do you mean puppies?
Anyway, here's the snippet from my article about choosing a dog food and the label requirements:
The Nutritional Adequacy Statement will also include a statement about which lifestage(s) the dog food is suitable for. Two profiles are used. Below is a definition of each and additional information about other profiles:
- Growth/Lactation - A product intended for growing puppies, for pregnant dogs or lactating females.
- Maintenance - Suitable for any adult, non-reproducing dog of normal activity level, but may not be sufficient for a growing, reproducing, or hard working dog.
- Terms like "Senior" or "Formulated for Large Breed Adults" means the dog food meets the requirements for the Maintenance profile, but nothing more.
- A product that doesn't fit within the two profiles above must state that "This product is intended for internittent or supplemental feeding," except if it is conspicuously identified as a snack or treat.
Low residue Eukenuba is quite good. You can purchase only from the vet office. It has been explained by a vet that most of the nutrients are absorbed into the body, hence less waste is eliminated, by your dog.
The age and activity level of your dog, as well as your pocketbook should guide you in choosing a food. In general look for a dry food that has a fresh meat ingredient as the first listing, or at least a dried meat, rather than a grain. Rice is easier to digest than corn, but corn has a higher carbohydrate and oil content. Dried beet pulp (has no sugar in it) is an excellent source of fiber that "smooths out" digestion by helping to prevent loose or too firm stools. Mixed tocopheral preservatives (vitamins) are preferred rather than BHA, an artifcial chemical preservative. Acidophilus bacteria (found in yogurt) helps maintain a healthy balance of good digestive bacteria in the gut. Please do some homework of your own in advance of buying a brand by asking breeders and groomers for recommendations. I have found professional groomers to be extremely educated about pet foods - nutrients go last to the coat of an animal and one with a great coat is generally fed a top food. I used to be a pet food sales rep and have found that many brands recommended in a store are either the "house brand" for which the store manger gets a bonus based on sales, or a national brand that is recommended because the sales rep recently threw a great pizza party for the sales staff and handed out free dog/cat food ;-)
Eukenuba tests on animals and kills many of them to study the effects of their foods. Science Diet is chemical based and recommended by vets because of the kicker they get from the reps. Natural Choice seems like a good food it is all natural ingredients and I have seen dogs who couldn't eat anything else have no problems with the duck and potato style. My dog has skin problems, I fed her ole roy when she was a pup and her hair fell out. When i switched to Purina Pro Plan (NOT purina one!!) her hair grew back rather quickly and thicker and healthier than ever.
Eukanuba, Blue Buffalo amd Solid Gold are all good quality pet foods. Make sure you buy for the correct size/age of the dog...The bags clearly label if the food is for adult, puppy or senior and will even have "small bites" available for the smaller breed.
Getting back to the "Eukenuba tests on live animals and kills some" answer.....That seems like an awful bold statement to be making. Can you back up that statement with actual proof? I would be very interested in knowing. I have been feeding my dogs Eukenuba for over 14 yrs. and would not want to support such a company if this were true about them. So please elaborate.
Eukenuba caused my husbands Shephard's intestines to get tangled, causing the bloat...he was treated with medications, but nothing could solve what the food had distroyed. I highly recommend if you want a quality food, to go to a natural dog food store....we use Innova on our dog. Also, Solid Gold and Blue Buffalo are good brands.
About Iams, Since Diet, & EukanubaAll three of these companies partake in unneccessary animal testing... going so far as to kill and maim their test subjects. Here are a variety of websites regarding this problem. I don't support any companies owned by Proctor and Gamble as they are one of the largest supporters of animal testing in all of North America.
http://www.uncaged.co.UK/iams.htm http://www.buav.org/campaigns/petfood/facts.HTML http://www.iamscruelty.com
- Good Foods -
California Natural Innova Health Wise Wysong Flint River Ranch Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul
There are a lot of them out there.
Read my article on what to watch for when reading pet food labels at my website; http://www.noselicks.com
I would have to say Wellness because its a high quality holistic food and it does have a formula just for small breeds. Also you could try Canidae, Evo, Natural Balance, Fromm, or Solid Gold (they also have a small breed formula) All of those would be healthy holistic good foods with not by-products, wheat, corn, soy, or any of those bad grains.
I would say that Blue Buffalo is definitely the best dog food out there. It is amazing how wholesome and nutricious it is. i used to feed my dogs Science Diet and it had multiple problems with its insides. i heard about Blue Buff and when i tried it my dog seemed to be feeling better. i am so happy and grateful for Blue Buffalo =)
Wellness has a small breed adult food that is really good for small breeds! Wellness is a top of the line holistic food! There are other foods that are good! I would stay away from foods like Eukanuba, Iams, Science diet; those foods tend to have fillers, dyes, and animal by-products.
I work at a pet supply store and the first question I always ask is "how much are you willing to spend?" While many of these answers are accurate, there are affordable foods that are good. Science Diet is much too expensive for the amount of corn in it. Wellness, Solid Gold, and California Natural are all fantastic foods if you are willing to spend $40 or $50 a bag. In my opinion, Diamond Naturals make an affordable small bites formula with minimal filler. It all depends on your budget and your dog. Also, if you already have a small dog that is doing fine on it's current food - regardless of what it may be - if it's not broken, don't fix it. Changing your dogs food for the heck of it is stressful to the dog and detrimental to their health.
Answer by J.S.First of all- since your dog is 16 years old, I would go in and see the vet just to be safe. But I would recommend bathing the dog with Tropiclean's Neem or Earthbath's Orange Peel or Euculyptus & Lavender (both of these are naturally repellant to fleas and have other soothing effects to the dogs skin) or Zodiac's Flea & Tick Conditioning Shampoo for dogs (this is probably one of the better chemically based shampoos if you feel like you actually have a flea infestation problem and want to be sure of getting them off your dog). After bathing, wait 2-3 days and apply Frontline Plus (with the appropriate dosage according to weight). It is important to wait 2-3 days because the this topical treatment uses the oil gland as a freeway to carry the product all over the dog, creating almost full coverage flea prevention. Frontline Plus acts as a neurotoxin ONLY TO THE FLEAS- while of course you don't want your dog eating the Frontline (which is why you're only supposed to apply in from the back of the neck to the shoulder blades)- the chemicals are only effective on the fleas and do an excellent job of prevention. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING THE CORRECT DOSAGE. Frontline Plus will kill 3 out of the 4 life stages of fleas- eggs, larva, and adults. The pupa is the hardest stage to kill because it wraps itself in cocoon type shell which requires a chemical known as linalool to break it. However, the only life stages you will find on your dog are the adults (and flea dirt, which is basically dried blood). Eggs, larva, and pupa live in the environment- carpets, wood floors, furniture, bedding, grass, dirt, etc. The neurotoxin in Frontline Plus will shut down the flea's system causing a lock-jaw type reaction...basically killing them by starvation because they can't bite your dog to eat.
As always- check with your vet. But I believe that bathing 2-3 before applying Frontline Plus and then bathing again 3-4 days after applying is the best and safest way to keep fleas off your dog.
Answer by sawboy_buck
Fleas, although small, are actually dangerous. They continue sucking blood even when full and a bad infestation can cause serious loss of blood. Puppies and kittens can die from flea-caused anemia; a 16 year-old dog can also succumb to this and that should be avoided at all costs.
One of the simplest and most effective "flea repellents" are eucalyptus leaves. For some reason fleas are averse to their smell. Bathing your dog in a mixture of 2 cups of water and a lemon or lime sliced thinly also helps keep off fleas and, like the eucalyptus leaves, smells good. If available, citronella will work even better.
If you feel that your pet or home has a bad case of flea infestation, vacuum your house thoroughly and consult your vet. Flea infestation is not a joke; your vet will know what to do in cases like these.
AnswerPlease see your vet. There is topical flea treatments and shots, and your vet is the best person to ask this question from because of the age of your dog.
AnswerYou should probably use a flea and tick treatment like K9 Advantex or Frontline plus those are both strong so you have a better chance of avoiding fleas. Also make your they are treated with something to prevent fleas because if your dog ingests one it could get tapeworm and I don't know how that would effect an older dog. Also talk to your vet before you make a decision they might point you in a better direction because of the age of your dog.
Answer by libelulaIf you don't want your dog to die, don't use K9 Advantex or Frontline. The are neurotoxins. Use an organic flea pesticide on the dog and also in surrounding areas, specially if your dog stays in the backyard or walks around. Cedarcide is a good option for organic pesticide and very efective. Check their web page for testimonials
== == * Yes, in some dogs. I feed my dogs twice a day (once in the morning and once at dinnertime.) I find it stops too much acid in their stomach and vets do agree with this. I also use good brands of dog food (ask your vet or go Holistic) and mix hard with tinned food. You never just change a diet, but introduce the new brand of food a little at a time with the old brand. Some dogs are just sensitive to change. I would take your dog into the vets to be sure that is what it is and that your pet doesn't have other health issues. Some dogs can have a sensitive larynx. If the dog is older it could also be bad teeth. Get that general check-up for your dog. * When you switch a dog to a different brand of food you should always gradually introduce it over a span of 1 or 2 weeks. If you don't the dog could get sick. I suggest you feed a high quality food like Canidae, Wellness, Solid Gold, Fromm, Natural Balance, and Eagle Pack just to name a few. These foods don't have any of the bad ingredients that might cause your dog to get sick like corn by-products, wheat, gluten, soy, and dyes. You will see an improvement with in weeks. Stay away from grocery store brands they might be why your dog is feeling sick.
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