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15 December 2008 @ 07:09 pm
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!
Right now I am at: Couch
I am feeling: worriedworried
NHxsaltyx on December 16th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
My dogs always eat in the winter, but sometimes in the summer they skip meals. My little guy, Probert, will sometimes go all day without eating. There is nothing wrong with him, he just doesn't eat much. I'd say if the vet says he's okay, then he's really just not hungry! Also, it might be upsetting his stomach to keep switching foods. I might pick one and stick with it for a while to see if he gets used to it.
jreid4 on December 16th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Usually we buy the 15lb bag of food, so he's had at least four or five weeks to eat each of the new foods. Do you think that's not enough time? We figured that two or three weeks of him not liking the food (or requiring coaxing with treats) that we'd just wait it out two more and buy a new, large bag of food. I thought we were giving him ample time to see if he liked the food or not.
NHxsaltyx on December 16th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I am not really sure, but I think I'd give it a few months. Have you ever waited to see how long he skips meals without coaxing him to eat some other way? Also, have you tried putting his food into a kong or some other toy to make eating more "fun"? Just suggestions!
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NH: Pets: Probert Santaxsaltyx on December 16th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Manu: Bob Bryar-I See...hanged_man on December 16th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
My dog, Kenshin does the same thing, there is days he would not eat, and the next day he will, and so on, maybe like Kenshin, Bosties is really picky about food?

This maybe a bit of a odd idea, what about cooking up some bit of chicken and rice for Bosties? Maybe the little one wants food that is softer on the belly?
M to the J: Casey sleepymessyjessy on December 16th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
I've had similar problems with Casey Jones. I've changed food many times. And what I've discovered is that he just doesn't like dry food by itself. So now I mix two spoonfuls of wet food in with the dry (and some fish oil for his coat). When its all mixed up like that, he gobbles it up.

He eats Natural Balance dry food (the allergy formula, its potato & fish I think). For canned food he gets a variety of different kinds based on where I've gone shopping.
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jreid4 on December 16th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
We used to mix his food with a bit of the canned stuff but our vet said that we could ween him off; once we did, he still always ate the Pedigree food. I think we're jut going to try to see how long this lasts. He may just be picky since he seems to have no problem accepting treats if we give them to him (he's eaten some cheese no problem since dinner time).
popscocklespopscockles on December 16th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
When I moved out of my house & took my two jerks with me, they ate with no problem. Now that I'm back home, they all know that they can get whatever they want from Granma if they pull a hunger strike for a while.

I think your little one has you wrapped around his finger...And he knows it XD It honestly doesn't sound like a medical problem, it just sounds like he knows you'll give in.

Stick with the Solid Gold. Its an amazing food & I've found that a lot of the dogs that I work with find it way yummy. Give him a few days. No treats in between except for maybe a few small pieces of carrot, otherwise he'll start to think its okay to live off his cookies. If worst comes to worst, after a few days, try to mix in a little chicken broth. =/
Dragonfly_lily: Bostondragonfly_lily on December 16th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
He'll be fine. They can go a couple of days without eating. My bossie does that too sometimes, especially if he thinks someone will doctor it for him (after visiting "Grandma's" for instance). He WILL eat when he's hungry.
Think of it this way---dogs in the wild do not eat twice a day or even once a day. They eat when they're hungry.
just another daynympha on December 17th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Thats a good point there. Mine has been picky for a while but he was also a bit ill and just got off antibiotics and antacids from the vet. Hes still throwing up sometimes as he was gracious to do on my couch last night.
jreid4 on December 17th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Awww, poor guy! Yeah, our pooch seems to want to throw up on everything that is inconvenient to clean.

When we brought Phin home from the shelter, he had a severe case of kennel cough that turned to pneumonia. Because he was coughing so much, he couldn't eat dry food because it just felt scratchy on his throat. We were feeding him wet food for the first two or three weeks that we had him just to make sure he was totally better (and obviously feeding him tons of antibiotics).
lucy_chronicles: buster fast foodlucy_chronicles on December 16th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Go Raw food and see the difference
I've had both pugs on raw food since rescuing them. No skin problems, ear infections are rare, snotting down and many other 'typical' problems.

You can either make it yourself by taking organ meet and mixing it up w/ finely chopped greens or go to whole foods and get Primal raw brand or country pet. both are found in the frozen section. they LOVE it and it is so good for them.

Give it a try for two weeks and you'll never go back noticing the difference after their 'detox' on raw!

Nancy: Stella Bella Blue - 13.5 weeksthebabynancy on December 17th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
We feed stellabellablue wet food, and dry food.

In the mornings she gets in her cage for breakfast, which is a small portion of wet food.

If you have a crate/cage, you could feed your BT there in the AM... I actually trained stellabellablue to associate breakfast with her cage. I would lock the door until she ate her breakfast - sitting outside the cage with her, encouraging her. A couple of days later, I would simply close the door over - not locking it - and staying where she could see me. When she was done, I would let her know it was okay to come out. In about 5 days, she was trained. I can now tell her to get in her cage and wait for breakfast in the morning - leave the door wide open - and she will eat her breakfast.

We leave her food dish in the kitchen with about 2 scoops of dry food for her to go to during the day/night when she gets hungry. The dry food does not usually appeal to her first thing in the morning, so we decided to feed her the wet food.

Typically, she will eat her dry food in the evening - but only after she is convinced no more treats are forthcoming from either mommy or daddy.