Re: More info. on my neighbor's little dogs
- From: "cshenk" <cshenk1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:51:53 -0400
"Christina Websell" wrote
If they are over-eating on high protein dry food, it's no wonder they are nervous, they can't use the energy it produces with the lifestyle they have, it will make them jittery.
I am also not sure about the quality of food they get. They get "Kibbles 'n Bits," but I am not familiar with dog food.
Roughly the equal of dry meow mix for cats?
Ingredients: corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour, animal fat (bha used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), calcium sulfate, titanium dioxide, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), dl methionine.
Basically it tastes good and will cause weight gain easily. Also the top 3 allergins for dogs are corn, soy, and wheat. If they seem itchy or have recurrant ear problems, they might have an allergy.
Feeding guide on the kibbles and bits. 2-10lb dogs (Teacups about 5) 1/2-1 cup. *too much*.
Suggestion since there is a free feeder? Empty it (spare container) then measure amount. Jot that down. Next day, do same and see what the difference is. Now you know how much they together eat in a normal day with no controls. It's not perfect, but you can get an idea. 1/2 that times 2 is too much per dog and probably less than the fat one is getting (grin).
Just for contrast since you didn't know about dog foods, here is Blue Wilderness ingredients (standard BTW, not the 100% grain free. One of the top brands for dogs below is a mid-level for them):
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Peas, Whole Ground Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved naturally with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg, Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Fish Oil (natural source of DHA-Docosahexaneoic Acid), Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Dicalcium Phosphate, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Dried Chicory Root, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium.
Serving size per day for teacup size, 1/4-1/2 cup.
No, I don't expect you to swap brands (wouldn't be right with a temp watch anyways) but it shows the difference. Cash and now Sammy are on the grain free upscale versions of the blue wilderness. I figure if it's cheaper in the long run to feed a quality food for cats (longevity, vet bills etc) then it's gotta be the same for dogs.
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