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Changing food questions...

I want to change Pixie's food for 2 reasons. 1 - I found some info on Nutro I wasn't happy with and 2 - She isn't eating it like she was...We have to almost force the issue and it's not that she's not hungry. One problem is, I had a sample from a pet store and she ate ALL the new food and none of the old. I know you're supposed to gradually change over, but I can't force feed her. She is 9 months old now, should I still feed her puppy or go to adult? The food sample that she loved was Innova adult and I've read that it should be for adult dogs only. ANy good food suggestions would be appreciated. So many questions, sorry!!!!!!!

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Don't quote me on this, but I think Lina feeds Innova for both adult and puppy. Plus at 9 months she is not so much a puppy anymore? We are doing raw, and Violet had no problem with the transition. I think going to raw it can typically be switched "cold turkey". The woman at the natural pet food place told me it's actually best if I change the protein source with each new bag, even and especially at her young age, as it will help her system become more adaptable, and help to avoid developing food sensitivities. That's not what my breeder would advise, and not what you typically hear, but it sounds right to me - for raw, anyway, and my vet says this is fine. It's just such a more natural diet for them and mimics more how they would be weaned in the wild that it makes sense to me they could handle some variety. We are finishing a bag of NV chicken medallions today, and I'm going to open a bag of Bravo turkey tomorrow. She loves it, has not had a single barfing incident or pooping problem - one time she yelped when it came out and her butt looked a little red, but no problems since then.
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Diane, I'm pretty sure Carolina feeds Fromm's adult food (even to her puppy).

Robin, at 9 months it shouldn't be a problem at all to switch to adult food. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few people incl. breeders who feed adult food from the get go. It's always best to switch gradually, but if that little bugger picks out the new kibble and leaves the old, you might as well switch immediately. If Pixie tends to get poopy butts easily, I would mix in some boiled white rice for a few days. Just my 2 cents.

Added: Innova is a great brand. You can go to dogfoodanalysis.com and read up.

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Robin, if she won't eat it, then there isn't going to be a gradual switch. LOL No point in trying to force something to happen that won't.

I do not feed puppy formulas and a lot of other people don't. My young puppies start with adult formulas too.

I used to feed Innova, but with two Havanese one of them couldn't handle how rich it was, so I had to eventually switch. (We only experienced problems with car rides, vet visits, etc. Any little bit of extra stress caused the runs.) It is a great food, but it isn't worth the hassle for me.

Carolina (Lina) will be able to verify it, but last I knew she uses Fromm and Merrick on a rotating basis.
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that's right, I think it is Fromm's that she uses. I remember the thread about that crazy vet accusing her of underfeeding her puppy and there was some discussion about the food, I remember it was an adult food which he was doing beautifully on, but I had the brand mixed up. I would use one of those - fromms, Merrick, innova/evo, if the raw for any reason doesn't work out for us. I cannot get my head around why any vet would recommend a food with corn as the main ingredient.
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Thanks so much everyone, you've really helped. I hope she tolerates the Innova since she sure seems to love it. This morning she only ate the Innova from the sample bag that I have, so how long would it be before I would know if it is going to cause tummy troubles? And great tip on adding the rice, thanks!!!

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I used to feed Innova, but with two Havanese one of them couldn't handle how rich it was, so I had to eventually switch.
Same with us. Our pup Gandorf is now 6 1/2 months old and 12 lbs 4oz and he was switched a month ago from Innova Puppy to Innova EVO and could not handle it, was throwing up occasionally. We now have him on Natural Balance Ultra Premium both small bites kibble and canned and he is doing fine with no more upset tummy! And does he ever love those little Natural Balance treats that look like a sausage roll!

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We did use Evo but now Merrick. Scooter was refusing the Evo but not having any problems on it. He loves the Merrick BG Buffalo and so does Murphy. I mix in some canned BG food with it. I bought a sample bag of the BG Chicken to use as low quality treats today, it was only $2.50.

I found Dogswell treats and they go wild for them! It's chicken jerky, nothing artificial added so I don't worry about what's in it.

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We did use Evo but now Merrick. Scooter was refusing the Evo but not having any problems on it. He loves the Merrick BG Buffalo and so does Murphy. I mix in some canned BG food with it. I bought a sample bag of the BG Chicken to use as low quality treats today, it was only $2.50.

I found Dogswell treats and they go wild for them! It's chicken jerky, nothing artificial added so I don't worry about what's in it.
Bold emphasis mine. Ann, I guess you meant low calorie, but it gave me a good chuckle.

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Sorry, I should have been clearer. They go so crazy for the chicken jerky that it's hard to train with it because they're so excited. The chicken kibble will be easier because they like it but it isn't quite as good as their "puppy crack" jerky!

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