When your little dog is healthy, it shows.
Diet is a huge part of good health. A high protein, grain-free kibble is a smart choice for small breed dogs and their unique needs.
Matilda has been trying Wellness® CORE® Small Breed for a month since our last post, and the high protein content and amazing ingredients have been contributing to her being healthier than ever.
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1. Soft Skin And Coat
Even short-haired dogs like Matilda could use an occasional brushing to loosen dead fur. Brushing also distributes the skin’s natural oils through the coat for a healthy shine. A nutritious diet also contributes to soft skin and fur.
This month, we’ve noticed that the fur along Matilda’s back is a little less coarse, and she’s shinier and softer to the touch. It’s a subtle difference, but it could be attributed to the kibble’s essential vitamins and minerals, plus Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Sometimes I wonder how many steps Matilda has to take for every one of mine when we’re walking side by side. A sidewalk square that we could clear in one step can take up to three for a little dog like her. But small dogs are sparky, and enough energy to keep up. Yet, small dogs quickly pack on weight, especially if they’re eating a low quality food. Dogs tend to need to eat more of cheaper food to satisfy their energy needs.
Grain-free carbohydrates, healthy fats and high-quality proteins support active little dogs. Wellness CORE small breed kibble is specially formulated for our little firecrackers.
3. Digestive Health
A grain-free diet creates drier, firmer stools that kibble with corn and other fillers.
Matilda has always eaten grain-free, and her poop has always been very dry, and very firm – which makes for easy cleanup. However, her poop has occasionally been too dry. When we switched to CORE, we noticed her poops were still firm, but they were slightly softer and came out more smoothly. (Gross, I know.)
CORE contains probiotics, chicory root extract, plus fiber-rich ingredients like broccoli, carrots, parsley, apples, blueberries, kale, and sweet potatoes. It’s no wonder her poop has been looking so healthy lately! That extra fiber is doing wonders.
4. Eyes, Teeth And Gums
Get up close and personal with your little dog. Look deeply into those eyes, and lift her lip to check out her gums and teeth.
Small dogs, especially chihuahuas, have tiny mouths that can get overcrowded. It’s common for chihuahuas and chi-mixes like Matilda to keep their baby teeth after their adult teeth grow in, resulting in a badass, though concerning double fanged appearance.
Matilda still has just one baby tooth left, and build-up quickly forms between her baby canine and her adult canine teeth. I keep it in check by brushing her teeth and giving her dental chews, but eventually she will need to have it removed. Her extra tooth will be removed when she gets spayed.
Calcium and phosphorous in CORE support gum and tooth health. Do note, however, you cannot solely depend on your dry kibble to keep your dog’s teeth clean – you still need to brush. Even so, Matilda’s buildup problem has noticeably improved, despite the fact that I haven’t been brushing it away as often lately.
Immunity is a health issue that we typically only worry about when something is wrong – and then, it can be too late. Supporting your little dog’s immune system can help her body fight off bacteria and viruses. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables support a strong immune system. Probiotics keep the digestive system in balance, keeping bad bacteria in check.
Ready To Go Grain Free With Wellness?
There’s a lot of grain-free kibbles out there, but not all are equal. The Wellness CORE line replaces grains with high quality ingredients that support little dog health from wet nose to waggy tail.
If your dog is not yet eating a grain free kibble, you’ll want to start with the new Wellness Complete Health line. If you’re like us, and already feed grain-free, but want to step up to a kibble with more protein, try CORE. You can buy online at PetSmart. Be sure to grab your coupon for $3 off!
Gradually switch your dog over to the new food by mixing it with her old kibble for a few days to avoid tummy troubles. We actually forgot slowly switch and didn’t have any issues.
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