If you’re the proud owner of an endearing and gorgeous fluffy Cavachon like me, you undoubtedly want to ensure that you’re providing them with the best possible diet.
But what exactly can and can’t Cavachons eat?
In this ultimate guide, we’ll look at some of the most common food items that Cavachons can enjoy, those they should avoid, and what foods we give our own Cavachon, Kirby.
So whether you’re just starting to think about your Cavachon’s diet or are looking for some new ideas, read on for all the information you will ever need!
Cavachons thrive on a diet rich in protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. This can include high-quality dog food specifically formulated for their size and breed and lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. It is also okay to give treats like carrots, apples, and green beans in moderation.
Here are a few things we have learned in the last couple of years with our Cavachon Kirby. These hints and tips will assist in setting up your new family member on a positive road of nutrition — and how to keep them there.
What Can Cavachon Puppies Eat?
Puppies grow rapidly, and Cavachons are no exception. Like all puppies, Cavachons should get solid food starting at about four weeks, and most puppies are weaned by six weeks, according to Fetch by WebMD.
You should be getting your puppy at eight weeks or older, but Cavachons younger than eight weeks require you to wet their dry food until it feels spongy.
Once you’re past that point, an excellent place to start is by asking your veterinarian for a recommendation on a high-quality puppy food appropriate for your Cavachon.
According to the American Kennel Club, small dog breeds should be fed unmoistened dry food by 12 or 13 weeks.
Food manufacturers must follow nutrient guidelines, so once you narrow down a few puppy food options, check the package to ensure the Association of American Feed Control approves it.
Be sure to pick out food specifically formulated for puppies — that info should also be on the label.
It’s recommended that puppy food be formulated with the right combinations of meats, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and vegetables.
How Much Should You Feed a Cavachon Puppy?
Even small breeds such as Cavachons (their weight tops out at between 12 to 35 pounds) require many calories as a puppy.
According to PetMD, puppies should eat three times daily from ages four to six months. After six months, you can take it down to twice-a-day feedings.
It’s essential to be a conscientious pet owner during this time. Monitor your puppy’s health as they begin regular feedings.
Do they have any adverse reactions to the food?
Are they using the bathroom easily and regularly?
If there are any concerns, try a different food or consult your veterinarian.
For puppies, the amount of food depends on the weight and health of the dog.
According to the AKC, body condition should determine portion sizes, and portion sizes depend on individual metabolism.
It’s recommended that small breed puppies such as Cavachons have two to three small meals daily.
For example, if you’re feeding a Cavachon about 1 ½ cups of food daily, space it out to about ½ cup three times per day.
What Should I Feed My Adult Cavachon?
Once your Cavachon is a year old, it’s generally safe to switch to adult dog food.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, dogs weighing 10 pounds need about 200-275 daily calories, while a 20-pounder needs about 300-450 daily calories.
Please note that this is only a guide, and you should consult your veterinarian.
But even adult Cavachons have small mouths and stomachs, so a type of dry food composed of tiny bits will probably work best for the breed.
Cavachon adults up to 14 pounds should get about ¾ cups a day, and those over 14 pounds should get about 1 ½ cups a day.
Which Ingredients Are Good and Not-so-Good for Cavachons?
When picking out food for both a puppy and adult Cavachon, look for the following ingredients: dark green vegetables (antioxidants!), fruits such as blueberries and apples, healthy oils for skin and coat, potassium-rich food such as pumpkin, and healthy carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, according to PetMD.
Here’s what to avoid in a Cavachon’s diet: `artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, meat by-products, corn, soy, wheat, and other filler ingredients.
Here are a few things which are off-limits for ALL dogs:
|OFF-LIMITS||WHY IS IT OFF-LIMITS?|
|Alcohol||Ethanol and Hops in alcoholic drinks are toxic to dogs|
|Chicken/Meat Bones||Choking hazard|
|Chocolate||Contains Theobromine and Caffeine. Dogs can’t metabolize either of them.|
|Coffee & Tea||The Caffeine in coffees and teas|
|Dairy||Can cause diarrhea, digestive problems, and trigger food allergies|
|High Sugar Foods||Causes obesity, teeth problems, and may lead to Diabetes|
|Raw Eggs||Risk of Salmonella or E. Coli|
|Salty Foods||Possible sodium ion poisoning|
|Soda||Too much sugar and caffeine|
Are Cavachons Fussy Eaters?
It depends on how you define “fussy.” Every dog and every breed is different when it comes to eating habits, and Cavachons are no exception.
Our Kirby has become fussy. He gets easily bored with the same foods, so we have to switch things up, so he eats.
We usually mix in some cooked chicken (unseasoned), boiled pumpkin, or sweet potatoes with his dry kibble.
Generally, like most small breeds, Cavachons tend to graze their food, so don’t be alarmed if a bowl isn’t emptied right away.
A significant factor here: Cavachons’ energy level.
They are highly playful, intelligent, and fun, with above-average exercise needs.
If your Cavachon gets enough playtime and human attention, its tendency to be a fussy eater may decrease.
Though they only need about a 30-minute walk a day — standard for small breeds — they will love more playtime, especially ball games and fetch.
Can Cavachons eat Meat?
Dogs go crazy for meat; think about the last time you sat down for a big Thanksgiving dinner.
But that doesn’t mean any meat is acceptable.
Cavachons, like other dogs, can eat chicken, turkey, lean ground beef, chuck steak, and roast because they are animal-based proteins that strengthen dogs like humans.
But there are some rules to follow:
Avoid fatty meats that are unhealthy for dogs, including bacon and fatty cuts of steak.
Dogs should not be fed old and spoiled meats, and always ensure the meat you feed your Cavachon is cut into small bits that are easy for them to digest and chew.
And unless you get approval from a veterinarian, don’t feed your Cavachon raw meat of any kind.
While raw diets are increasingly popular and may have some benefits, always consult your veterinarian before starting a new type of diet for your Cavachon.
How About Seafood?
Cavachons like all dogs can eat seafood, but it’s important to keep in mind that seafood can contain high levels of mercury and other toxins. So it’s best to give it to them in moderation and make sure it’s cooked properly.
It’s also a good idea to check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods to their diet, just in case they have any allergies or intolerances.
Fish like salmon, cod, and tuna are great options as they are a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids which are great for maintaining a healthy coat and skin.
But just remember, always cook it before giving it to them and give it in moderation.
Can Cavachons Eat Cheese or Nuts?
That’s a cautious “yes” on the cheese for Cavachons.
Dogs often respond well to cheese, primarily as training tools or to hide pills.
But while dogs eat — and seem to love — cheese, many dogs can’t tolerate cheese. And even those who can eat it should consume it in moderation.
Cheese is high in fat, and eating it regularly can lead to weight gain, obesity, and even pancreatitis, which can be fatal in dogs.
And some cheeses feature toxic products that may make your Cavachon sick, including chives, garlic, and onion.
For Cavachons, try feeding them a bit of cheese at a time and see how they react.
If there’s evidence of intestinal upset, stop feeding them cheese immediately and talk to your veterinarian.
If your Cavachon tolerates cheese well, consider sticking to low-fat, low-lactose cheese options, including cottage cheese and mozzarella.
Like cheese, not all nuts are toxic to dogs, but almost all are high in fat. According to the AKC, peanuts and cashews are safe in small amounts but should be unsalted and unseasoned.
Some nuts, such as almonds, are choking hazards, especially to dogs with small mouths like Cavachons.
One big nut to avoid for all dogs: the highly toxic macadamia.
Can My Cavachon Eat Fruits and Vegetables?
Some of them!
Though they are often healthy snack alternatives for humans, not all fruit and vegetables are good for dogs.
Among the fruits and vegetables that are safe, according to the AKC, but should be given in moderation:
Apples are a good source of vitamin C, which helps the immune system stay strong. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
They are high in vitamins A and C and fiber.
Just remember to remove the seeds and core.
Cavachons can eat bananas, but they should only be given in moderation.
Bananas are a good source of fiber and vitamin B-complex vitamins, which help the digestive system function properly.
They also contain potassium which keeps muscles strong while reducing inflammation caused by arthritis or other diseases that affect joints.
If you’re going to feed your dog banana treats, make sure they don’t eat more than one per day because it could cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea or constipation.
If you want to give banana slices as an occasional snack, peel them first, so there’s no chance for your Cavachon to choke on any part of the skin!
Bananas are low-calorie, low in cholesterol, and high in vitamins and potassium.
A downside: They’re high in sugar, so they should be once-in-a-while treats for your pup.
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Bell peppers are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, and E.
They are also low in calories and fat.
Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K.
It also contains antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
Safe in small amounts.
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, which helps the immune system stay strong. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
Try feeding your dog a small piece as an occasional snack. They are high in antioxidants and prevents cell damage.
Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
However, they also contain a high level of sulfates which can cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea or constipation if eaten in large quantities.
Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
If you’re going to feed your dog carrot treats, make sure they don’t eat more than one per day because it could cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea or constipation.
If you want to give carrot slices as an occasional snack, cut them into small pieces so there’s no chance for your Cavachon to choke on any part of the carrot!
They are a great low-calorie treat that’s also great for your dog’s teeth.
Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, which helps the immune system stay strong. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
Try feeding your dog a small piece as an occasional snack. Both dried and fresh are fine, but too many may hurt a dog’s stomach.
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C and water. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
These crunchy goodies have little to no fats or carbs, great for a Cavachon who may be overweight.
Oranges are a good source of vitamin C and water. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
Don’t forget to remove the peel; it can be rough on a dog’s digestion.
Small quantities of oranges offer vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Peaches and Pears
Peaches are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
Pears are a good source of vitamin C and water. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect your dog from cell damage.
Safe, but you guessed it, remove the pit.
And always go with fresh, not canned.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. They also contain water which can help keep your dog hydrated.
High in fiber and vitamin C and — bonus — contains an enzyme that helps whiten your dog’s teeth.
They also have sugar, though.
Watermelons are a perfect choice for Cavachons because the fruit provides many health benefits and has only about 50 calories per cup, with 92% water.
Watermelon also lacks fat or cholesterol, so dogs can enjoy this refreshing summertime snack without worrying about adding extra weight from food items!
Some examples of unsafe fruits and vegetables for dogs include the following:
|Unsafe Fruits & Vegetables||Why It’s Unsafe?|
|Avocado||Contains the toxin Persin which causes vomiting and diarrhea.|
|Cherries||Cherry plants contain Cyanide and are toxic to dogs.|
|Citric Fruits||The acidity in fruits such as Grapefruits, Lemons, and Limes can cause some seriously upset stomachs, vomiting, and other issues. Oranges are ok in limited amounts. The orange peels should be avoided..|
|Grapes & Raisins||Extremely toxic to dogs. May lead to acute sudden kidney failure.|
|Mushrooms||Regular store-bought mushrooms may be ok. However, wild mushrooms may hurt your dog and cause death. Don’t take any risks. Keep ALL mushrooms away from Fido.|
|Onions & Garlic||They come from the Allium family of plants and can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea.|
|Prunes||High in sugar and fiber, which may negatively affect your dog’s digestive system. The pit may have a small amount of cyanide. We highly recommend staying away from them altogether.|
|Unripened/Green Tomatoes||The plant contains a toxic substance called Solanine.|
Can Cavachons eat Bones?
Like all dogs, cavachons have a strong natural urge to gnaw on bones. However, it’s vital to remember that if bones are not administered properly, they could be hazardous. Splintered little bones might result in choking or intestinal obstructions. Giving your Cavachon bones made especially for dogs, like rawhide or nylon bones, is advised. Make sure you always keep an eye on your dog while they are chewing on any type of bone.
Can Cavachons eat Raw Meat?
Feeding Cavachons a raw meat diet is not advisable. Food-borne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli can spread through raw meat. Additionally, dogs may become sick from eating raw meat if it contains dangerous bacteria. The ideal diet for your Cavachon is one consisting of a balanced commercial dog food or cooked meat that has been properly processed for ingestion.
Can Cavachons eat Dairy Products?
Some dogs can tolerate small amounts of dairy products, such as cheese or yogurt. However, many dogs, including Cavachons, are lactose intolerant. This means they cannot digest lactose, the sugar in milk, and other dairy products. Feeding your Cavachon dairy products may cause digestive problems, such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. If you want to give your Cavachon a treat, it’s better to look for lactose-free options or try giving them a small piece of fruits or vegetables safe for doggies.
Final Thoughts – What Can Cavachons Eat?
Don’t forget: a healthy dog is a happy dog. With these guidelines, you’ll be able to love your Cavachon for many years to come and know that you’re caring for your new beloved member of the family in the best way possible.
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