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She's only about 4.5 pounds, and will be a year old next month.

I had her on Canidae for a while, then switched to Taste of the Wild. She did great on both, but obviously likes the taste of TOTW much better. Unfortunately, neither Canidae nor TOTW say that any of their meats are ethoxyquin-free.

Even though she's doing great on Taste of the Wild, I don't want to keep feeding her the same food all her life (especially if they might contain ethoxyquin). Unfortunately, there's a very slim selection of decent dog foods to get around here - mainly just Canidae and Taste of the Wild.

But, there IS a dusty bag of Wellness that's been sitting on the shelf for the past year. I'd love to feed her Wellness, but there is literally just ONE bag of it at this store (I'm hoping they restock it occasionally, haha). I just remember that it's purple, and it costs twice as much as any of the other stuff. It might have been the Super5 Chicken Mix (since that has a purple bag).

But it looks like Wellness also has a specific formula for a small-breed dog, so I'm not sure if it would be good to feed little Belle one of their generic formulas...

Suggestions?
 

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The "small breed" specific formulas are usally the same as the "regular" formulas, just with a smaller kibble size. So if she's OK with a larger kibble, that's fine.

Just be sure to check the expiration date before buying any dog food.
 

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Yes, most "small-breed" formulas are just the original food with a smaller kibble, but some of the "small-breed" formulas actually have a higher protein/fat content and a little different nuritional analysis because small dogs are supposed to have a higher metabolism. And like the above person said, always check expiration dates! You do not have to stick with a "small-breed" food. If the nutritional analysis is fine and your dog can eat the size of kibble, then any food will be fine (good food that is, lol). Good luck!
 

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I agree. In fact the company I've been with for years does not do anything special with our food other than making a "small bites" kibble if you want it.

There is a huge degree of marketing in the pet food industry. Find yourself a good holistic food and go with it.

I go a little crazy when I'm in one of my stores and I look at all the marketing involved. This breed-that breed-this size-that size. Some even go so far as putting a picture of a type of dog on the bag so people can choose based on the picture. That's the truth. Its American consumer marketing at its best.

Read that back like you have been and find a food with the ingredients you feel good about.
 
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