Lil' Plates are specifically made for small breed dogs, and come in a huge variety of flavors. We tried Rascally Rabbit Stew, which was a seriously big hit.
Ptera and Koira have been doing so much lately that they are both hard to keep at a good weight. Koira is constantly borderline too thin, and Ptera got a bit too thin earlier this month as well. Neither of them lacks any motivation to eat, and both love food a ton, but I thought that a little something as a special breakfast might help both with their weight, and by giving them some variety.
The 3.5 ounce size is pretty perfect for Ptera. It is just enough extra food to help keep her weight on when she is extra active, without being too much. For Koira, who is significantly over the weight that these are meant for, it is just a little bit of a treat more than anything, but she really loves it, and I feel like it is mean to give Ptera something that smells so good without giving any to Koira.
I actually went camping with a couple friends, and gave one of their dogs the container to lick out- and he snatched it and hid in his crate licking it clean, and didn't want to give it up even after it was completely cleaned out. So I call it a win in flavor for sure.
And of course, Merrick is a great company with great ingredients. The food itself is in large, recognizable chunks (not just generic brown chunks in generic brown gravy, but actual chunks that look like meat, vegetables, etc). There are no ingredients that I wouldn't want to feed to my dogs on a regular basis. And cost-wise, it is a little on the higher side (though reasonable enough given the quality), but the convenience of not having to get out a spoon and keep an opened can in the fridge is well worth it, especially when camping or traveling.
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