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Food again

Sorry to bring this up again, but I've searched and can't find what I need. If there is a thread to steer me to that dealt with foods, please do.

I have a very picky, two year old . He's been on Enova-Evo for a year and even though I add little enticements, he'll pass up two meals in a row, even three sometimes and will not eat till the next day. I probably suffer more than he does when he does this.

I'v really felt very cruel to keep him on this as I wonder if he just gets bored and I should be changing more often.

He's very healthy, weight steady at 13 pounds.

I hate to change and go through upset tummy time, but bigger question is what to change to.

I'm not ready to do all the cooking yet-although I can see that coming in the near future.

Ideas?
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We have Natures Variety no fillers and Sully loves it! There are many flavors and you can switch between flavors w/o the tummy issues. One 5lb bag serving a bit over a cup a day lasts us a month and a half or so. Great for coat and teeth, Sully's teeth are great on it, and not really a lot of kibble breath. Stools are tiny as they absorb most the food. Sully's favorite is New Zealand Venison followed by the Pacific Salmon! Just an idea, BevA told us about it LOOOOONg before we ever got a dog.

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My Bugsy has been extremely picky, tried all the best kibble on the market, added only the best canned (made in U.S.) and still had to add our own meat. He would pick out the meat and leave the kibble. Back in late September (I think) we switched all three to home cooked - problem solved. He would eat it all day long if I let him. lol He became quite a food hound, as long as it's home made.

I think that in the long run, it's saving me money. Oh and my Standards love it too!!! Although they will eat homecooked mixed with kibble, unlike Bugsy.

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Dana, Sorry you guy is giving you such a hard time with food!! How is he otherwise?? I cant comment on this as my guys have always been on vet perscribed diets, and have always loved whatever they were on, but I am sure you will get lots of ideas from others here who have tried them all!

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Dana,
Benji doesn't eat all his meals either. Sometimes he doesn't eat an entire day or will have only a meal or two in 2 days. I used to be very concerned initially but his breeder assured me that as long as he has the same energy level and spirits and maintains his weight, I should let him regulate himself. Lizzie is a chowhound and I need to regulate her. Benji is about 13 lbs too.

If you have already determined his eating habits are not impacted by any health issues, you might check with his breeder if his parents and siblings have similar habits. Benji's mom is known to skip meals too while his father loves to eat. Benji has a lot of habits similar to his mom.

Good luck!

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thanks everyone!

Oliver is a rescue so I don't know about his parents or siblings. I seem to gather now that skipping meals isn't unusual for these guys, so I guess as he seems his normal self, I'll not worry about that part.

Oliver is lucky enough (?) to have two mothers. My sister lives with me and she's sure he's so bored he can't stand Evo another minute. So I guess we're going to give Natures's Variety a try.

At least it will make my sister feel a lot better.

Once again thanks. Laurie thanks for chiming in. This is an awesome place. It has become part, and a large part of my daily routine. I'm forever cutting and pasting things into emails I send to people at work, so things from this forum are being sent all over the world. I have a dog distribution list and believe me they all hear about "puppymills, bills we need to support, things made in China."

Today was going to be our first playdate and I can't tell you how disapointed I am that because of weather we postponed it till January 19th.

Oh well, something to look forward to.

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Hi Dana!

I know EXACTLY what you are going through! Gucci would go on these 'fasts' for a day or two ALL the time, and it was really driving me crazy because she was the runt and small to begin with and I really wanted her to hit atleast 8 lbs, she's hovering right around 9 lbs now, and I'm happy but the only reason I think we made it is because, like Julia...I went "the homecooked route". It is easier than you'd think, and she doesnt' skip meals "as often", today is an exception...she didn't eat breakfast and is ignoring dinner so far, but that usually happens once every few weeks, instead of 3-4X a week..when she was on kibble.

I think she liked Fromm's the best, or you could try mixing some wet-food in?

I certainly know how worrisome it is! I hope you find the solution that works best for you.

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Sorry to bring this up again, but I've searched and can't find what I need. If there is a thread to steer me to that dealt with foods, please do.

I have a very picky, two year old . He's been on Enova-Evo for a year and even though I add little enticements, he'll pass up two meals in a row, even three sometimes and will not eat till the next day. I probably suffer more than he does when he does this.

I'v really felt very cruel to keep him on this as I wonder if he just gets bored and I should be changing more often.

He's very healthy, weight steady at 13 pounds.

I hate to change and go through upset tummy time, but bigger question is what to change to.


I'm not ready to do all the cooking yet-although I can see that coming in the near future.

Ideas?
Dana


Dana,

I keep canned food handy, as tends to it kick in their appetite. If I just give them a few bites, then they will start eating their dry.

Both my Hav's normally eat once a day..but I have started to give them a little canned for the moisture..
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Bella and Freddie are both picky. Bella is the worst of the offenders. The only dry food that they all eat is, Avoderm baked lamb and brown rice. The boys love the Primal raw beef. Bella will eat it, but I have to hand feed it to her. She is a princess! To help Bella eat I will sprinkle her food with Natural balance turkey roll, grizzly salmon oil, soft boiled egg and freeze dried Archeotype or Natures Variety.





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Boy Linda..my Hav's want to come to your house for dinner! Sounds like Puppy Network!
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