December 15th, 2008

  • jreid4

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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Hi there!

I just realized that I've been posting here for like, a week & I haven't introduced you guys my babies yet. How rude of me.

This is Beans(left) & Pigg Penn (or Pork, if you like. right).
They're big boys. Very big. Freakish, even. I believe somewhere back, they must have been mixed with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, perhaps. Pigg is 28lbs, & Beans is 32lbs. Solid muscle.

I rescued both of them (& my Great Dane) from a pet store. I kinda just went in & started demanding & threatening, on three seperate occasions, & came out with dogs for free. The boys were being held to be "SENT BACK TO THE BREEDER" because Beans, while at the store, had been injured by another dog(thankfully, it was only a superficial wound), & Piggy has stenotic nares, an elongated soft palette, & luxating patellas in both
legs =(

My dane had the worst case of pneumonia I've ever seen. We had to carry her out of the store & tube feed her for a week.

... Who knows what would have happened to them. I'm glad they ended up with me. They're my life<3

So that's my babies. They send you all many Oinks & Smooches!
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