We recently changed Zakk's food from Proplan LB Puppy to Proplan Lamb & Rice. We noticed that he did not act as 'eager' about eating so the last bag I bought I decided to try Proplan Chicken & Rice...... his eating went back to 'usual'. Zakk now seems eager to eat again . I figured it was because his puppy food was chicken and developed a 'taste' for it (I understand that dogs don't have a sense of taste like humans) or it was a part of 'growing up'? He would not eat all his food (2 cups twice a day) until we switched to Chicken & Rice, now he will clean his bowl.
Has anyone else noticed this when switching from puppy to adult food or do we just have a picky dog ?
when we switched ginger to adult food a couple months ago she did the same thing. we went from chicken to lamb and now back to chicken. i was feeding her 2 cups twice a day but now she gets 1 1/2 twice a day.
how is zakk?? what does he weigh now? ginger is at about 65 pounds...she's been around that weight for a while so i don't see her getting much bigger.
Good to hear from you! I see Ginger has still got those beautiful eyes :P!!
Zakk is doing very well! He is up to about 82lbs and he is filling out nicely (I think he's gong to be about ~85lbs when 'fully grown'). He is still 'all puppy' but is calming down a bit and does very well when we are working with commands. I have not updated his pictures lately (haven't been on the board much either :-[). Hopefully I can get some good pics and do some updating during my vacation.
When we first rescued Larry, we thought that ProPlan Chicken and Rice would be a good food to put him on, but he WOULD not eat it. We practically had to force it down. We then switched him to ProPlan Sensitive Skin/Stomach (salmon-based), and he cleaned the bottom of his bowl.
However, in Larry's case, we found out that he was/is actually allergic to chicken, thus the not eating, but that is a totally different story. I think that they definitely prefer some tastes over others. Glad you found a food your boy loves.
Zakk has never turned his nose up at food but he did not like Lamb ;D.
Slow eating can be a sign that you are feeding too much. Cutting back to 3 - 3 1/2 cups a day might help.
I switched Oona's food last year because the Iams has wheat and corn of which I think she has an allergy to. We switched to Nature's Recipe Lamb Barley and Rice. Oona never turned her nose up at a meal but at first she did with the Nature's Recipe. I feed her 4 times a day as a prevenative to bloat. If I put the food down she had 15 minutes to eat it otherwise it went into the fridge until the next feeding time and I gave her the breakfast portion as well as the lunch. She would eat it, but would do it again the next time she was fed. This continued for a couple of days and she finally gave in.