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06 February 2009 @ 10:52 pm
my bella is so picky with the food i buy her. i've tried a few different varieties and i just feel stumped! Some she even refuses to eat....

However, my land lord and i have a shared yard and whenever there are leftovers in their dogs bowl (they feed him outside) she WOLFS it down. it's crappy kibbles and bits! I don't get it. it makes her totally sick and gassy. not cool!

have any of you had this problem? if so, any advice?

I'm giving her dick van patten's natural balance.
just another daynympha on February 7th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
are you mixing a wet canned with the dry?
Im shocked to see Dick Van Patten with a dog food. Thats interresting.
Jennylittlesunflower on February 7th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
I started out my guy on Dick Van Patten's natural balance because the breeder reccomended it for being holistic. Gambit wouldn't touch it with a 40 foot pole. He ate a bit as a puppy but then began to refuse to eat it unless it had some kind of wet food mixed in or cheese in it. When we got Daisy, I tried again with the Dick Van Patten and she wouldn't eat it, either - and she eats buttons, turds and alarm clock pieces.

So maybe it just doesn't taste good?
Jennylittlesunflower on February 7th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
What we eventually found worked for our set was something the Vet suggested - IAMS actually makes a "healthy" food now, called Healthy Naturals, and there is one called ProActive health as well. Gambit and Daisy love them and the first two products are meat, not processed grains, which makes me happy.

Worth a shot? I was nervous b/c Iams seems so generic, but they love it and it hasn't affected their digestion at all. In fact, they are tooting less than when on the all natural healthy crunchy stuff.
Joannamiss_upsetter on February 7th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
not to sound crazy or anything, but i refuse to buy pretty much all these brands that are being named because they test their foods directly on animals. Not like, "hey puppy, is this food good?" but like, keep them confined in a kennel with no love, toys, nothing all their lives and take MUSCLE SAMPLES (like chunks out of their calves!) for testing to see how the food affected it.

Again, i know i sound totally crazy, but I love animals. Don't eat meat, don't buy anything that's tested on animals and I don't buy/support any charities that their funds go to animal testing. There are surprisingly few companies that don't hurt animals.
kisstherain4mekisstherain4me on February 12th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
Iams is extremely bad for your boston
Joannamiss_upsetter on February 7th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
hmm, that's weird. Sometimes bella will wolf it down, but not as crazy as the kibbles n bits crap that makes her super sick. she LOVES the natural balance food in the tube though, she pretty much claws the crap out of me whenever she sees it trying to climb me to get to it!
i'm terrified.ce_soir on February 8th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
all 3 of my bostons LOVE natural balance but it gives two of them leaky behinds so they don't get to eat it.
Kieranwalklikethunder on February 7th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
sometime dex hates his food- ironically only when my kitteh's get their wet food as a treat. usually i solve this by just putting a tiny bit of the gravy on (less then a tsp) and mixing it in. it tricks him into thinking he's getting the kitteh chow.

most times though he's really into his food- it's science diet's all natural. i'm thinking of switching him over to something that's holistic though just because i'm anal like that.
trexphile on February 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
My Daisy has always been a "nibbler," eating little bits throughout the day.

We feed her a cup of Pro Plan Selects every day, and she's always done well on that.

Then, when we were running low and I couldn't get to Petsmart for a few days (the closest is 40 miles away in another city), I picked up some Kibbles 'n' Bits from the grocery store.

Daisy wolfed it down! I'd never seen her do that before EVER. I decided then that cheap dog food is just like cheap people food -- not as good for you but tends to taste better ;)

Since Daisy tends to be overweight, we make sure to keep plenty of Pro Plan around so that her contact with the cheap stuff is minimal... :)

Miss Poisonalitydulamae on February 8th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
My dogs eat Merrick and they go apeshit over it.
kisstherain4mekisstherain4me on February 12th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
I can't recommend Fromm dog food highly enough, it's all organic and my dogs choose it over the purina kibbles and bits garbage, it has like salmon and apples and blueberries and veggies and whitefish, def, get her that, cause Sam wasn't eating, and that worked for him. http://www.frommfamily.com/
Joannamiss_upsetter on February 12th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
thanks for the suggestion! It doesn't seem all that expensive, either! I'll definitely have to give it a try. I've still got a few pounds of dick van pattens left, so i'll be able to ease her in. i hope she likes it!

thanks again!