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Eating Issues

Hey everyone.  A couple of months ago I posted an inquiry about Bosties and throwing up.  A lot of you let us know that our little guy isn't the only Boston who throws up and many suggested we change his food. 

We switched from Pedigree dog food to Natural Balance.  He didn't really like that one very much (it was really hard to get him to eat) so we switched to Solid Gold (as many of you had suggested).  He had no problems eating twice a day for the first couple of weeks of the Solid Gold.  However, now it's almost impossible to get him to eat (this happened with the Natural Balance food, too).  I'm not sure if it's because there are less flavors (the Pedigree contained chicken, cheese, bacon, etc.) or if he just really doesn't care for the food, but I'm starting to get worried.  I don't want to put treats in his food constantly in order to get him to eat it (treats like cooked chicken, cheese, rice, etc.) but I don't want him to starve.  We just bought The Goodlife Recipe food because it advertised healthy nutrition with a variety of flavors (i.e. cheese, peas, chicken, rice) and we're in the middle of transitioning and he still won't eat! 

I read in our Boston book and on a couple of websites that if your dog doesn't eat within 20 minutes of serving the food, just take it away; they should be hungry enough by the other mealtime to eat.  So this morning I took his food away when he didn't eat it figuring he'd be starving tonight at dinner - but he wasn't!  Now he officially hasn't eaten since last night at 5 p.m. and I'm getting worried.  We read a couple of other things that said the dog could be picky or sick.  I don't want him to depend on treats in his food every single mealtime so I really don't want to put anything extra in his bowl with the food.  The sites we read today suggested that if the dog has skipped three or more meals to just call the vet.  So if he doesn't eat breakfast tomorrow, I'll definitely call.  I just wanted to know if anyone else has a picky Boston or if this may be a sign of something more serious.  Any advice is appreciated.  Thanks!
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