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Wondering if anyone feeds their maltese this brand. Home - Answers Pet Food We are transitioning our goldendoodle to it and will do the same with the bernedoodle at the right age. The maltese will be the third and final family dog. I am more concerned feeding raw for such a small dog, though I believe it has benefits. I do think that a brand like Answers that has done the balancing for you would be the way to go for a toy dog (if at all). Thoughts?
 

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My fluff who has had pancreatitis and other digestive issues couldn't tolerate the higher fat content, but I know quite a few Maltese owners whose dogs are thriving on Answers. I would definitely stick with a high quality pre-made like Answers rather than trying your own recipes.
 

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I don't feed the Answers brand (because I haven't seen it in my area) but I do feed one of my malts and my shih tzu freeze dried Primal raw. Also, I make bone broth once a month and freeze it in small containers, I heat the broth and add it to their meals instead of warm water. Oh, I also add the bone broth to the Hepatic prescription food for two of my other malts. ...the oldest gets whatever she'll eat at this point. The pups on the raw are doing great!
 

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Thanks for the input, all. Very helpful. Our current puppy also loves Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried raw. We've started breaking little pieces off and using for training rewards for commands and behaviors. I feel like this brand could work well for a Maltese as primary food.
 

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Thanks for the input, all. Very helpful. Our current puppy also loves Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried raw. We've started breaking little pieces off and using for training rewards for commands and behaviors. I feel like this brand could work well for a Maltese as primary food.
I agree with you. Lucky doesnt stick his nose up at it, although to get him to try at first, used as a treat when walking outsde. He is always picking up stuff off blacktop road and it is a good trade off.
 

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Please be careful. I fed a new small dog I got many years ago raw dog food and I'm not sure if it was not properly stored or she was already ill but she did not make it...
 

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I agree with you. Lucky doesnt stick his nose up at it, although to get him to try at first, used as a treat when walking outsde. He is always picking up stuff off blacktop road and it is a good trade off.
Only giving freeze dried raw as a treat. Lucky did not ever only eat the raw. I tried but he really had not found what he wanted besides people food. In the last couple of days, I have changed to Purina One smartblend and he is eating dog food finally. He also gets chicken cooked and shredded with it but on a separate plate. It may not be the best food on the market, but it is dry food, he eats it (actually loves it) so for now I am so relieved he is eating. I mix with Nutrisource which he has been on but only eats out of the kong.

Please be careful. I fed a new small dog I got many years ago raw dog food and I'm not sure if it was not properly stored or she was already ill but she did not make it...
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Please be careful. I fed a new small dog I got many years ago raw dog food and I'm not sure if it was not properly stored or she was already ill but she did not make it...
Commercial raw like Answers or S&C tends to be very high in fat and protein. If your dog has a tendency towards pancreatitis, it can make things worse. Regardless of whether it's raw, freeze dried, or wet food, read the labels. And avoid kibble it you can - it's too difficult for small dogs to process because it doesn't contain enough moisture and they don't drink enough water to handle it.
 

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I agree. Where do we go. Who knows what is best? We need to be able to get sample sizes of the different foods of choice. And then, grain or grain free. Most of us dont have time to research and still come out with no answer. I do not want to go to wet food and I have donated many bags of food my Lucky will not eat. It is easy to say, just put it down and leave it, he will eat.
 
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