Some folks ask us about our feeding program.
We are always wanting the best for our pet family, puppies & Adults……
We start our puppies off with Acana X-Small puppy food, after Mom weans them, at about 4 to 6 weeks old.
It’s the perfect size of kibble for the babies to start off with.
Remember also, that we free feed our puppies and adults, so that they always have food available at all times.
Your small-breed puppy is growing fast, requiring a diet that is rich in protein and fat from fresh, whole animal
ingredients to support proper development.
Brimming with meat, organs, cartilage, and bone from free-run chicken and wild-caught flounder, plus nourishing
cage-free eggs, ACANA Puppy Small Breed has everything your growing puppy needs for optimal growth and
Fresh chicken meat (16 %), chicken meal (13 %), turkey meal (12 %), red lentils, whole green peas, fresh chicken
giblets (liver, heart, kidney) (7 %), chicken fat (7 %), fresh eggs (4 %), fresh whole flounder (4 %), herring meal (3 %),
herring oil (2 %), sun-cured alfalfa (2 %), green lentils, field beans (2 %), whole yellow peas, pea fibre, fresh chicken
cartilage (2 %), dried brown kelp, fresh whole pumpkin, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole parsnips, fresh
kale, fresh spinach, fresh mustard greens, fresh turnip greens, fresh whole carrots, fresh apples, fresh pears, freeze-
dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, fresh whole cranberries, fresh whole blueberries, chicory root, turmeric,
milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips. ADDITIVES (per kg): Technological additives:
tocopherol-rich extract of natural origin. Nutritional additives: zinc chelate of amino acids hydrate: 100 mg.
Zootechnical additives: Enterococcus faecium NCIMB10415: 600×10^6 CFU.
Metabolizable Energy is 3660 kcal/kg (439 kcal per 250ml/120g cup), with 32% from protein, 22% from
carbohydrates, and 46% from fat.
ACANA Small Breed puppy is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by FEDIAF for All Life Stages,
except for growth of Great Dane puppies prior to 14 weeks.
Crude protein (min.)33%
Fat content (min.)20%
Crude fibre (max.)5%
Crude ash (max.)7%
Omega-3 fatty acids* (min.)1%
Omega-6 fatty acids* (min.)2.7%
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) (min.)0.3%
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) (min.)0.3%
Chondroitin sulfate* (min.)900mg/kg
We find, that after many years of experience, with training and feeding dogs, that the small, tiny, size of puppies, NEED to have
food available at ALL TIMES. The reason why??
Here you have a very, tiny puppy, possibly weighing 2 lbs,,,,and you figure, you’re only going to feed it early morning, possibly a
lunch, maybe a few hours away, and then dinner,,,,or maybe just two meals, breakfast and dinner..sounds right? NO.
If you have a tiny little morsel of a puppy, running around happily, enjoying his new family, tearing around the yard, and using up
ALL of his energy,,,,they need to refuel. Simple as that.
So, now it’s ten o’clock in the morning, and you’re not planning on feeding little Rover until lunch time, as least, or possibly
That little puppy’s blood sugar is guaranteed to drop, and will go HYPOGLYCEMIC.
For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when your puppy is not receiving enough energy from food, and will go into a
somewhat insulin reaction.
This goes for all small, toy size breeds.
Hypoglycemia is a very scary thing to deal with.
Your dog will act as if it’s drunk, wavering back and forth, swaying, sometimes, not being able to walk,and will fall right over.
Now, if this happens, and you are NOT experienced, you will have to rush your puppydog to the Vets, which they will in turn, hook your dog up
to an intravenous drip, Sub Q fluids, so that your dog can receive fluids, to hydrate them, and sustain them. Cost: $200 and up.
Lesson: FREE FEED YOUR PUPPY….They don’t eat much. They eat like birds, and will often just grab a kibble or two, run to their bed, munch on
it, and run back for another one. They don’t gobble their food down, like they’re starving.
Another reason we like to free feed is: We raise our pet family with children.
We can NOT take any chances, of having a food aggressive dog, thinking he has to be protective of his food, in order to eat.
We supply more than one food bowl, and everyone eats together, with NO aggression EVER!…
Our dogs are used to eating dry kibble as their main staple but we like to offer our pets a variety from time to time, to ensure that they are
healthy and happy.
Our babies also get cooked chicken, boiled hamburger, broiled steak, cooked fish, but NEVER ANY PORK OR HAM PRODUCTS.
This goes for chewies as well,,,as this will give them chronic diarrhea.!!
Our dogs also enjoy cooked eggs from time to time too..Your baby puppy does come to you pre-spoiled and loved! ♥
We add K9 Kelp, in their food, which is high in antioxidants, increases metabolism, reduces arthritic pain, helps with digestion, is gluten free,
high in fiber, boosts the immune system, and promotes supple skin.
In many households, dogs are looked at as a furry family member, not just a pet.
We love our dogs and care for them almost like we would a child.
It is important that our dogs get a good amount of exercise, be clean and free of ticks and fleas, and to get fed a healthy and nutritious diet.
Although there are dog foods out there advertising a brand as “made with healthful vegetables,” there is nothing like feeding your loyal friend
a real piece of fresh vegetable. It’s good for his teeth, coat, bones, eyesight, and overall health. One of their favorites are baby carrots.
We snack on them, with our dogs, and they thoroughly enjoy them. We have never had a puppy or dog choke on them, ever.
If anything, they will chew the carrot up in tiny pieces.
The carrots provide natural glucose, for puppies, and as well, they are nice and cold and hard for teething! Our dogs LOVE them.
Fruits and vegetables can provide your dog with essential vitamins and minerals naturally rather than in supplement form.
Vitamins such as A and E can help your dog lose weight by promoting fat burning while fighting disease.
This is good news since a high number of dogs are currently overweight or obese.
Vitamin C is an immune system booster while minerals like iron is needed for healthy blood and potassium supports heart health.
Whether you feed your dog fresh fruit or vegetable slices as a snack or are incorporating some into their existing commercial dog food, you can
rest assure that your dog will be getting important vitamins and minerals needed to be healthy.
If your dog is new to eating fruits and vegetables, sit with him and enjoy an apple or cucumber together.
Here is a list of 8 fruits and vegetables to keep your dog happy and healthy:
1. Apples are an excellent fruit choice for your dog’s health and a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber.
Make sure to not give the seeds or core because they could be choking hazards.
Best of all, juicy apple slices clean residue and build-up on your dog’s teeth.
2. Carrots are high in beta carotene and loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, while also high in potassium and fiber.
Good for skin, eyesight, and for cleaning teeth and gums.
3. Sweet Potatoes. Heart-healthy and easy on the digestive tract, sweet potatoes contain more nutrients than white potatoes.
They are great for weight management and contributes to lowering blood pressure. High in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B
vitamins. Our dogs love them!
4. Celery is rich in many vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, and calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and sodium.
This vegetable improves heart health and can lower blood pressure while helping to fight cancer. Bonus: celery freshens doggie breath!
5. Watermelon is made up of 92% water. Therefore, it’s excellent for hydration and skin!
Watermelon is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, and magnesium.
6. Green Beans make a fantastic low calorie and filling snack.
A great source of natural plant fiber and high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.
7. Bok Choy contains calcium for healthy, strong bones and teeth, and is good for the heart while protecting against cancer.
This low calorie veggie is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and potassium. What is bok choy?
It’s a type of Chinese cabbage with thick white or green stems filled with water and green leafy tops.
8. Pumpkin is a low calorie food rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
About one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of filling fiber.
We ALWAYS have 100% Pure Pumpkin on hand for our Morkies, anytime they may get tummy upset or diarrhea from eating something they
found in the yard…it is a binder.
Feed these fruits and vegetables to your dog raw, or slightly steamed is okay, as long as you do not add any seasonings or oils.
Dogs don’t chew their food like we do and will likely swallow foods whole, so it is best to give them fruits and vegetables either thinly sliced,
chopped well, or even pureed.
From time to time, we will put a cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar in our dogs water…..
Unless your dog is allergic to apples, he or she isn’t likely to suffer a serious reaction, and within a month you should be able to tell whether the
addition is helping.
Commonly reported benefits include improvements in skin and coat condition, a reduction of itching and scratching, the elimination of tear
stains on the face, fewer brown or yellow urine spots in lawns, increased mobility in older dogs, reduced flea populations, and an improvement
in overall health. We also offer Rice to our Morkie family often. We make it with half chicken broth, for flavor.
This is another binder, and is excellent for tummy upset.
To get the upper hand, with any kind of parasite, whether it be flea, tick, walking dandruff, lice, or any kind of worm,,,,we prefer to use
Diatomaceous Earth, rather than Panacur, or Strongid…as this is a chemical or drug.
Strongid T is a suspension of pyrantel pamoate in a palatable caramel-flavored vehicle.
Each mL contains 50 mg of pyrantel base as pyrantel pamoate.
Pyrantel pamoate is a compound belonging to a family classified chemically as tetrahydropyrimidines.
It is a yellow, water-insoluble crystalline salt of the tetrahydropyrimidine base and pamoic acid containing 34.7% base activity.
Diatomaceous Earth is a dirt cheap way (no pun intended) to control external and internal parasites in your dog.
We prefer to do things naturally here at Morkiebabies….
Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life.
Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass.
Diatomacous Earth is deadly to any insect yet completely harmless to animals.
Diatomaceous Earth’s mode of action for insect and parasite control is strictly mechanical.
The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite, and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die.
The larvae is affected in the same way.
The Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs
Internal parasites can be controlled by giving Diatomaceous Earth internally.
It is very important to note that it must be food grade – the earth used in gardens and pool filters can damage your dog.
Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily.
To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms
through the lungs and back to the stomach.
Another use for Diatomaceous Earth is the control of external parasites and flies.
This is achieved by dusting your dog with Diatomacous Earth, along with his bedding area and surrounding carpeted areas.
Natural Supplements For Dogs
1. GI PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are mainly used to help your dog’s intestinal track when it is upset (i.e., diarrhea), but it can also help with a variety of ailments
affecting its skin, eyes or nose.
Still, a majority of 2-GI probiotic powder or tablets are given to dogs when they are experiencing an irritated stomach.
By giving your dog the appropriate bacteria, probiotics can restore proper balance of intestinal bugs that might be in there.
This is the product we like to use:
Probiotic supplement for dietary management of dogs with diarrhea
Promotes intestinal balance
Promotes a healthy immune system
Helps reduce diarrhea associated with antibiotic therapy
Helps reduce diarrhea associated with stress
Convenient single packets, easily sprinkled on your dog’s food
2. FISH OIL
Fish and salmon oils are all important sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
These can be vital to a dog’s immune and nervous system and can help battle allergies and
them for inflamed
skin conditions as it
can reduce the
3. OLIVE OIL
heard about all of the
positive benefits olive
oil has on you, but were you aware of what it can do for your dog?
Adding a little bit of olive oil to your dog’s food bowl can do a number of things, including promoting weight loss and overall optimal health.
Because of its high level of antioxidants, this natural supplement can defend your canine’s immune system, improve your dog’s cognitive
development, improve energy, beautify your dog’s coat and last, but not least, extend their life. Need we say more?
The healthiest fix for your dog’s winter dandruff and dry skin problems is to add oil to his diet. You don’t have to run out and purchase special
Two of the best; olive and coconut, are easy to find in supermarkets and health food stores.
I recommend them for glowing skin and coat and general health.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids, which are easily digestible and can
improve skin and coat quality.
It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can help
prevent yeast infections.
It should be slowly introduced into a diet, adding only 1/4 teaspoon to
1 teaspoon .
Just look at how our new babies shine, from having a good quality
You can also add a drop or two of Oil of Oregano in your dog’s food.
This wonderful herb provides defence against bacterial, viral and
fungal infections, candida, water-borne
illnesses and as a dewormer!
Oil of Oregano has also been used effectively for Giardia!