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The last couple of weeks (and Lucky is about 8 months and blowing coat), Lucky has been less interested in eating. This is really hard since up until then he wolfed down his food three times a day. Here are some ideas I've had: 1) we changed from three feedings to two (same amount in two portions) and maybe that's too much at one time? But he has seemed less interested in lunch; 2) he had a visit from two of his dog cousins (chocolate labs) and I'm pretty sure he tasted some of their food so maybe he thinks there's better out there? 3) Maybe he's outgrown puppy chow and needs a step up to a new kind of food???

Any suggestions? Any brands in particular if he's stepping up (he is currently eating Blue Buffalo puppy chow)? I am not up to or interested in cooking for him. Thanks so much.

p.s. I've tried mixing it with water AND microwaving it to increase flavor (both ideas I got on the forum thanks)

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Well he is past his teething stage but maybe it could be teeth? I switched from the blue buffalo at about that age with Zoey. We went to Acana. I have always added some chicken breast when they wont eat . Have you tried a bit of natural broth the microwave? Or buy some canned food and mix it. Hope he starts eating better.

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I feel for you because I have "been there" and after spending probably well over $100 on different foods, there is only one dog food that my dog will even consider and that is: Earthborn Holistic Small Breed. He eats that in the morning, and I home cook for him at night. What's nice about Earthborn is that they have trial sizes for $2.99 for 1 lb so I don't have to buy so much at one time for my little 9 pounder.
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The last couple of weeks (and Lucky is about 8 months and blowing coat), Lucky has been less interested in eating. This is really hard since up until then he wolfed down his food three times a day. Here are some ideas I've had: 1) we changed from three feedings to two (same amount in two portions) and maybe that's too much at one time? But he has seemed less interested in lunch; 2) he had a visit from two of his dog cousins (chocolate labs) and I'm pretty sure he tasted some of their food so maybe he thinks there's better out there? 3) Maybe he's outgrown puppy chow and needs a step up to a new kind of food???

Any suggestions? Any brands in particular if he's stepping up (he is currently eating Blue Buffalo puppy chow)? I am not up to or interested in cooking for him. Thanks so much.

p.s. I've tried mixing it with water AND microwaving it to increase flavor (both ideas I got on the forum thanks)
If you start trying to tempt him with different foods, adding things, etc. you are on a slippery slope to a picky eater. As long as you are satisfied that the food you are giving him is a nutritionally sound diet, stick to your guns and DON'T cave to pickiness.

It's entirely possible that the reason he dropped the noon meal is that he was getting enough in the other two meals. By increasing the size of those meals, you may be over feeding him. Remember that a slightly thin dog is a healthier dog than an even slightly chubby one! I would go back to whatever quantities you used to feed AM and PM and just plain drop the lunch out completely. He may be done growing, or close, and just not need that extra food. Then keep an eye on his weight. Feel his ribs and spine, which should be easy to feel, with just a slight layer of padding. If he starts to drop weight, you can increase his food a little, but I'm betting you won't have to.

It is MUCH more common for little dogs to be overweight than seriously under weight.


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my thoughts are the same as Karen, he may just simply not be hungry! Dogs WILL eat when they are hungry!! And "puppy chow" isn't the best of foods ... may want to consider something of higher nutritional quailty for sure!

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my thoughts are the same as Karen, he may just simply not be hungry! Dogs WILL eat when they are hungry!! And "puppy chow" isn't the best of foods ... may want to consider something of higher nutritional quailty for sure!
What do you recommend for "higher nutritional quality?" And if we switch do we have to ease into it? Is 8 months about the right time for adult dog food?
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Oh and yes, he (at 18+ pounds) surely may be finished growing. Thank you Karen.

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I thought Blue Buffalo was considered a quality brand.

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What do you recommend for "higher nutritional quality?" And if we switch do we have to ease into it? Is 8 months about the right time for adult dog food?
thanks so much all.
What are you feeding him now? If you mean Purina Puppy Chow, Purina foods are some of the least nutritious foods available. Basically, if it comes from the grocery store, it's probably not very high quality food. If you mean a puppy formula of some other food, it depends on what you are feeding. Most good quality foods can be fed at all ages. One brand

While it is probably true that properly formulated home made foods (raw or cooked) are the absolute best nutritionally, many of us can't do that for one reason or another. Canned food from good manufacturers is another good option, but many of us use good quality dry kibble and find that our dogs do fine on it. It's just VERY important to make sure your dog drinks enough if they are on a dry kibble diet.

There are MANY good quality kibbles out there, and you'll find almost as many different choices as there are people on the forum. I have chosen to feed Natural Balance Organic to Kodi. It not only has a good list of ingredients, but they are organic as well. (there are very few organic kibbles) I like to feed my family organic as much as possible, so I wanted to feed my dog pesticide/hormone/antibiotic free food as well.


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Yes, Blue Buffalo is a good brand.

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