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Hi all. Lucky has been eating a combination/altering feedings of Wellness wet and dry for small dogs. But really, he has very little interest in either. I top them with cut up cooked chicken and he loves the chicken and leaves the rest unless he is really famished. So just as an experiment, I brought home a bag of Orijen and gave him first a few pieces (he thought it was a treat) and then a little along side his other food. He loves it and wolfed it down and I was considering just switching, since mixing it with food he doesn't eat anyway seemed silly. This morning he had large and plentiful poops and later (he has yet to eat today) he threw up a little yellow stuff twice which he ingested himself. Yuk. Sorry, but I'm in need of guidance here. Should I give him small portions and continue with this food he seems to love? Shall I take the tiny throw ups seriously and give him rice and chicken and not his new food (he did eat rather than just shred a chunk of kleenex yesterday) or what do you experts suggest? The thought that he might eat happily twice a day (my goal) is so exciting. But can I ruin it all by giving him too much too soon? Thanks so much for your help with this.

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,find a food he likes , don't top it off , leave it for ten minutes and pick up until next meal. if he doesn't eat it . Feed twice a day .

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I have tried Orijen I twice in the past and found that 2 different dogs could not tolerate it though they loved the taste. It's as though it's too rich for their digestive systems.


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I would just add a little to his chicken for a few days. Then more and see how he does. Zoey couldn't eat Acanna but Maddie can. Zoe did okay except I had to give her lots of butt baths. I think Orijen is similar. You may have spoiled Lucky with the wet food. If I could afford it I would give mine 100 % wet. I feed a dry diet here called Formms. Its similar to wellness.

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Orijen have recently (at least, it appears to be recent in the UK) brought out an air-dried raw, which is presumably similar to Ziwipeak. It's the nearest thing to raw without the rawness that some people don't care for. Just a thought. Agree with Dave re change over, and not leaving food lying around. My dogs sometimes don't eat for a whole day; I've given up worrying. The changed poo and up-throwing could just be co-incidental, it's always so easy to make connections that aren't necessarily real, though you are probably right in this case; just not necessarily so!
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Thanks all. He seems only to eat the bits of chicken off the top in the morning (I know it shouldn't be there Dave) and the whole meal at night. The bag says a cup and a half (3/4 cup twice a day) for his 25 pounds, but maybe it's more than he needs. I do appreciate this input and advice. Poops are seeming good now but that morning meal goes uneaten.

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Orijen have recently (at least, it appears to be recent in the UK) brought out an air-dried raw, which is presumably similar to Ziwipeak. It's the nearest thing to raw without the rawness that some people don't care for. Just a thought. Agree with Dave re change over, and not leaving food lying around. My dogs sometimes don't eat for a whole day; I've given up worrying. The changed poo and up-throwing could just be co-incidental, it's always so easy to make connections that aren't necessarily real, though you are probably right in this case; just not necessarily so!
thanks I noticed that air dry Orajen and it looked really convenient Will try that I think too.

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