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Old 09-21-2013, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Adding a dog food? What do you feed?

After reading the hedgehog book written by Kimberly G. or lizardgirl as she is sometimes called, I am under the impression that 1 of my 3 foods would benefit from being a dog food. Any recommendations? What do you feed? What cat foods do you feed? I'm looking at Wellness, Blue Buff, Solid Gold...I just don't know what would be best. I'm willing to spend the cash, but I don't know WHAT to spend it on !!!
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Generally, I'd look for the same kinds of brands normally suggested for cat food. Solid Gold, Wellness, Natural Balance, etc. A lot of the brands have food for both. I did use a puppy for Lily once, when I was trying to keep weight on her. I used a Wellness brand one, small breed puppy. She wasn't terribly enthusiastic about it, but if I remember right, she wasn't terribly enthusiastic about any food at that point anyway. Look for the same kinds of guidelines as there are for cat food - ingredients, fat content, etc. The protein is almost definitely going to be less, since dogs (omnivores) don't need it as high as cats (obligate carnivores). So that's just fine, I wouldn't worry much about the protein content. Especially in a mix, it should balance out pretty well.

The main thing to remember with dog food is, unless you get a small breed puppy kibble like I did (which was about the same size as small cat food kibble), you're going to need to crush it. Even some of the small breed kibbles may still need to be crushed. As long as you're okay with that, you can try whatever you want, as long as the ingredients & fat are good to go.
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Yep, I include a dog food in my mix. It's Hill's Natural Balance small breed... something. Grain-free. Uh... dang, you're gonna make me go in the kitchen and read the label.
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Natural chicken and brown rice adult small breed. It's not grain-free, but it's free of corn and soy. Gertie seems to really like it.
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When I was coming up with my mix, I literally just went to the store and read labels. I looked at the ingredients, and if I was satisfied that the ingredients were good, I wrote down their numbers for fat, protein, fiber, and moisture. Made a little chart. I also only looked at small breed dog foods because of the kibble size, but all the cat foods were fair game. Then I came home and started crunching numbers. I didn't want to deal with different ratios of stuff, so every possible mix I came up with had three foods in equal parts. And then I found a few that had numbers that I could live with, and went to the store for my first choice, armed with my second and third choices just in case.
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It was actually the simplest way I could figure to do it. I wanted to make sure the protein and fat ratios were right, and I couldn't find any foods that were right by themselves. So I had to do the math.
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