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Refusal to eat Purina Pro Plan ... new development

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by CAllen, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. CAllen

    CAllen Forums Novice

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    My 9 month old Sheltie, Dakota, has in the last couple days, turned up his nose at the Purina Pro Plan that he's been eating all his life. Do the puppies sometimes revolt against one flavor over another? Should I try another flavor/dog food? Any suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. ghggp

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    Yes, many of my dogs from time to time have refused to eat their normal food.

    you could try adding another brand to the normal food to see if that would entice Dakota. If you switch too suddenly tummy upset can happen. Can you try adding pumpkin? A spoonful perhaps?

    If a hunger strike continues please do see your vet. Good luck and let us know how it goes...

    I am sure others can offer some advice too!
     
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  3. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Forums Sage

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    When Piper was around that age he became very picky! He would often leave food in his bowl or take hours to eat. When he was a little over a year I stopped free feeding (that's what I'd resorted to, just leaving the food in the bowl all day) and I started only giving him 10 minutes to eat before I'd remove the food. Within a week he was gobbling it up.
    You could always try adding something to the food...how about canned sardines? Good for them and it wouldn't take more than one sardine mushed up to add zing to the kibble. My guys loves sardines. Or even chicken broth might help.
     
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  4. Ann

    Ann Moderator

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    I've found this too with some of my dogs around this age. I would switch foods. There are a number of other Purina varieties you can try...their Beyond line is higher quality food. Make the transition gradually if you can, but if he picks out the old food just give him the new one but keep an eye on him and consider adding a spoon of plain, canned pumpkin to each meal.
     
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  5. pomshe

    pomshe Forums Regular

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    I add warm chicken bone broth to my three's breakfast and they love it! It is Nature's Logic brand. It comes in a powder. I just spoon a little on their kibble, pour some warm water over it and stir. They wolf it down. Their dinner is just dry kibble. That way they think they are getting something different all the time!:)
     
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  6. Wendy C

    Wendy C Premium Member

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    I think Cooper was around 7 months when this happened. I added the pumpkin and he has been fine since. :)
     
  7. Ann

    Ann Moderator

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    Thanks for this tip! I'm going to try this for Barkley who is getting picky about his food again. It's great to have something new in my arsenal! :yes:
     
  8. CAllen

    CAllen Forums Novice

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    Thank you, everyone, for your recommendations! He loves pumpkin and I will have the Nature's Logic on hand, and a small bag of Purina Beyond.
     
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  9. pomshe

    pomshe Forums Regular

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    Bone broth is good for them too. It has glucosamine and chondroiton (sp?) in it. Plus it gets some more fluids in them.
     
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