Originally Posted by Gold Digger
Has anyone ever had this issue...
Pedro gets premium food and has always finished all of it when given a meal. Recently, he's been sticking his nose up to it and barely eating. During the holidays he was traveling a lot to other people's houses (all have dogs) and eating the other dogs food which is Purina. We recently switched his food to a different flavor, same brand (Merrick) thinking maybe he was bored of it but didn't help. Also we bought a small bag of blue buffalo he enjoyed for a day but then lost interest.
He really only wants the other, cheaper, lower quality food! Anyone else experience this?? I wonder if I should just buy the lower quality stuff if he will eat it? Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
Several things.....He could just be becoming picky.....I would offer it, and take it up after 15 minutes and not offer it again until his next meal--it won't take him long to learn to eat it.
With my dogs (well, 2 of my 3--the golden and lab), if they refuse food, I get concerned something may be off with the food because they are chowhounds. But my little dog is quite particular, for example, she will NOT eat a salmon based kibble--she would rather starve, literally. So I don't force her to eat something she obviously just despises.
I am one though that likes my dog to like their food. A lot have good results with the Purina Pro Plan and it's a good food--so if you want to find something he'll happily eat (and do well on that you can feel good about) it may be an nice option.
Look at the Chicken ALS stages--or one of the other formulas, but I personally avoid the Shreds because of the soy (I think Savor is what they are now calling the line).