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Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 10 Jun 2016, 21:34
by 58frogs
Evening All,

What are your opinions on which is the better food for your labradoodle - kibble or wet food?

We've been feeding our 1 year old on Symply large breed kibble as she's had a lot of trouble in the past bouncing between constipation and very loose poos and we were advised to try Symply. Her poos are a lot better now, but she wont eat the kibble without something wet mixed in with it. Currently we're using Pedigree Chum tinned dog food, but she likes to suck all the wet food off, leaving lots of the kibble all over the floor. So we're considering moving over to something like Symply wet food without any kibble, but is this a wise move?

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 11 Jun 2016, 00:47
by Bid
IMO it's not a case of wet or dry, but looking at the ingredients and seeing which is the better quality. A good quality dog food should have a named meat as the first listed ingredient (so not corn or rice, and not meat or poultry, but lamb, beef, chicken etc), there should be no grain, and preferably carbs kept to a minimum and preferably sweet potato.

Personally I choose to feed my dogs raw food - it is what they are designed to eat, I control the ingredients, and they love it!

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 11 Jun 2016, 15:51
by stout
Stout used to be on symply kibble, we also had to mix wet food in to get him to eat it! We started giving him just the wet food (naturesdiet) when he was about nine months without the kibble, which suited him a lot better and his runny tum all but disappeared, before eventually going over to raw food. He has inflammatory bowel disease and so we now feed him only raw food. He doesn't seem to be able to tolerate any form of kibble - we even found one where the ingredients were the same as in his raw food (plus sweet potato which we know he is ok with) and after two days of a small amount each meal he started getting the tummy grumbles, we think it can only be the fact the food is dry. Stout has problems with chicken, white fish, grains, potato and white rice so we have to really know what is in his food!

Good luck!

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 13 Jun 2016, 20:11
by iwantadog
I also used Symply for Murphy before swapping over to raw about three years ago. The difference is amazing, his coat is gorgeous, so soft and fluffy and he's not got an ounce of fat on him, even my vet comments on what good condition he is in.

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 14 Jun 2016, 20:12
by 58frogs
Thanks for your views folks. We tried Izzie on a 50:50 mix of Symply wet food and kibble. Both have very high meat contents. She certainly loves the wet food, but still seems to get to all that and leave the kibble. We'll persevere though as I'm sure the kibble must be beneficial to her teeth if nothing else.

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 05 Jul 2016, 13:02
by justvera
Can you tell me please how much of raw food does a 12 k Labradoodle need ?
My twin girls are refusing the BETA kibble since I started to mix raw meats with it,they just leave the dry food in the dishes.(both of them )

I am afraid that I might be under-feeding them now.I have continued to add the kibble,thinking the balanced complete food could only be good for them !,I have bought raw minced tripe which I mix ,and I give them a raw chicken wing as a treat,now and again.That tripe,which I buy on-line (@ £2.80 a kilo,is all they are now getting(except for that very small wing,which they eat,bone and all.Raw )I think they are actually eating only about 150 grams of meat each day .They are not under weight at the moment,but this will surely happen soon.

If I give them just all meat and nothing else (they refuse veg and eggs ! ),this could prove a big mistake,can you advise ?

My twin girls,Peach and Queenie,are 18 months old.

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 20 Jul 2016, 17:04
by Ianto!
Hi justvera,

I can't advise on how much raw food your doods should have, but I would advise that they need to have a range of different meats including muscle meat, offal and a certain amount of bone. I'm in the process of getting my dood back onto raw (I stopped when we had the new pup as I wasn't confident to raw-feed a youngster and it was easier to give them both kibble...)
I'm a member of a group on Facebook called Rawfeeding Rebels, but there are plenty of others out there too. If you check out their Files, there's lots of information there about the quantities to feed, the varieties of meat and even recommended retailers.
HTH,
Anne, Ianto & Wyre x

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 21 Jul 2016, 19:22
by dexysback
I have always fed dexter dry food with a couple of spoons of tin food or sardines or tuna and he as been fine no poo problems at all.

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 22 Jul 2016, 23:38
by Bid
If feeding raw food, as a rough guide, your dog will need between 2% and 3% of his body weight daily, depending on how active he is. Of that, 80% should be meat, 10% should be liver or kidney, and 10% should be bone.

Re: Kibble vs. wet food

Posted: 11 Aug 2016, 12:19
by mundstick
We have recently tried Bailey on Raw food and he absolutely loves it. He is on a mix of Natural Instinct and Natures Menu at the minute. Most of the information I can find seems to say to feed puppies 5% - 6% of their body weight a day.

We are thinking of trying Nurturing by Nature food for him, has anyone got any experience of this?