Chewing Kibble

by Kathleen Ahmann
(Washington State)


I have a 7 year old great Pyrenees. I don't buy expensive dog food, I buy hard Purina for smaller dogs. If I buy hard food for adult dogs, she has a hard time chewing the pieces. Why would that be? What would be a good dog food for her without breaking the bank?

Thank you!


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Oct 02, 2021
by: Donna

You should consider upgrading your dog food. Kibble is an extremely processed food which is kind of like junk food for dogs. It's sprayed with oil to make it appetizing for dogs but once the bag is opened, the oil begins to go rancid. It's full of fillers which is why dogs will have big poops. They may also develop allergies, infected ears or any other number of ailments over time.

Have a look inside her mouth for any redness, broken teeth. She may be having issues in her mouth. Do have her teeth checked, though, at the vets.

Find a raw supplier. Someone who grinds there own and has a storefront to sell raw. They would be premixed with the right percentages of organ and meat in it. That would be best food you can get. We call that a species-appropriate diet. If you can find an abbatoir in your area, it's pretty inexpensive as you are right at the source of the food (short of having your own animal farm).

You may also find a canine nutritionist who can help you and point you in the right direction. Here is one you can contact by email,, if you have any questions. She runs Holiraw Nutrition.

Here is some information on feeding raw.

Oct 03, 2021
Pyr Food
by: Dennis

We feed our pyr Purina dog food, and every evening around seven he gets a hamburger, or a couple of hot dogs, or a helping of ham. Some evenings he gets all three. We look forward to his big Happy face showing up at our door every evening.

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