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Feeding

Rollo is now 8 months old & ever since we have had him feeding has been an uphill struggle. I have tried almost every premium brand of kibble, wet food seems to upset his stomach, too rich?, and I simply do not have the time or energy to continue to cook for him every day. I would welcome any advice as to which very yummy kibble etc you feed your little fuss pots on.

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I use Nature’s Variety Instinct kibble topped with some of their raw boost mixers. I add a probiotic and some water to the bowl and Molly gobbles it up. Molly has been a difficult eater since I got her and this has been the first food she actually seems enjoy.



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Thank you for that - I have always added water to his kibble but doesn't seem to improve it for him. Unfortunately, Nature's Instinct doesn't seem to be readily available in the UK. I have tried, Barking Heads, Taste of the Wild, Lilys Kitchen, Coopers & Co and, on advice from Vet, Royal Canin (which is terrible) - he always eats the first half of a pack and as soon as I order more, decides he doesn't want it Have tried making a soup of wet food and adding to the kibble and this helps a bit, but wet food on its own seems too rich for him and gives him runny poos. I have tried putting kibble down and lifting it after half an hour but he seems to be able to go without eating if he really doesn't like it.

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Have you tried using a probiotic? I had great luck with Nature’s Farmacy probiotic max (I found the best price is on Chewy.com). My last Hav Apollo had a really sensitive tummy and was a fussy eater. A friend of mine who breeds Biewers gave me some Taste Of The Wild Kibble and recommended the probiotic and his stomach issues disssapeared. Prior to that I had him to the vet several times a year for digestive issues, which they usually Rx’ed antibiotics, special foods...
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Thank you for that. He has been on Taste of the Wild as that is what the breeder recommended - gave me a big bag of it when I brought him home. He wouldn't touch it, but it could have been because everything was so new to him. Have just ordered a small bag of it to try him with it again. Takes such a long time to introduce new foods into his diet and in the meantime left with bowls of kibble that get thrown away. He is obviously eating enough as he has plenty of meat on his little bones

He is just a very naughty boy.
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Thank you for that. He has been on Taste of the Wild as that is what the breeder recommended - gave me a big bag of it when I brought him home. He wouldn't touch it, but it could have been because everything was so new to him. Have just ordered a small bag of it to try him with it again. Takes such a long time to introduce new foods into his diet and in the meantime left with bowls of kibble that get thrown away. He is obviously eating enough as he has plenty of meat on his little bones

He is just a very naughty boy.
I’d definitely try the probiotics then, Apollo actually enjoyed them. It is a powder that you sprinkle on their food, a 1lb tub lasts me over a year and is about $33.
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If he eats 1/2 a package and then refuses it doesn't sound like he's having any sort of physical or medical reaction to it. How long does he "not want it"? I've always been told that unless a dog is sick it won't starve itself. So, it might decide for a day or two not to eat, but when the options don't change it will go back to the food its given.

Perry goes through a day every once in a while when he won't eat and so I just take it away for that meal.. but the next one or the next day he's hungry again.

I also have to make sure that the water is absorbed into the kibble, because for some reason Perry has a serious aversion to his kibble floating in water (but likes it soft when it's all absorbed).
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I am opposed to most kibble because it usually has useless filler that offers no nutritional value to a dog, such as all grain products.Dogs are carnivores and scavengers by nature. Primal Raw dog food has the most complete and nutritious diet for dogs and is manufactured in human grade facilities (must be sanitary enough to prepare food for human consumption). You can buy it in frozen nuggets or dehydrated. Tux eats both. It comes in a variety of meat choices. The dehydrated nuggets are useful because they never spoil and you can order them online. Tux eats a TOTAL of one ounce of dehydrated food per day. That equates to four nuggets. He likes it crumbed up and dry. You can water it down also. I also give him raw goat milk (found in most good quality pet supply stores). He gets about a tablespoon 3 x per day aside from his food. That is about as close as you can get to a good probiotic. He has been fed this diet since he was 10 weeks old. He is now almost two years old. NO digestive issues whatsoever until he had a bad reaction to Heart worm medication which I will never administer again. He poops once a day, nice firm stools the size of a green bean. I spread out his meals to four times a day. You can check their reputation, ingredients, food amount calculator based on your pup's weight and age, etc.
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yeah Primal is freeze dried raw. It's recommended to re hydrate . with water as all freeze dried and dehydrated foods are. Goats milk is fine but needs to be given in fairly large amounts to have , a therapeutic effect and one oz. has almost as many calories as one oz. of raw .

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