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Golden pupper is being picky

Hi guys! Hoping to get some input here. My 3 1/2 month old Woofles is a very happy and playful boy. When I first got him, he was tested positive for giardia (which had been treated since), he’s all clear now and all clear on everything else. Our vet put him on Hills digestive dry and wet food combo to settle His stomach because I saw he was being picky about his food and he was having diarrhea most likely due to new environment and giardia. Now that he’s all better, he’s still on the hills digestive diet (he eats all of it).

I’m working on transitioning him to something else (wet and dry food combo still, because he seems to be not interested in just dry food). I tried to mix in some of his wet food with new yesterday and today but he would smell and not want to eat it, it took some coaxing for him to finish about 70% of what I made. He eats 3 cups a day 3 times a day.

Sooo my question is, should I continue to feed him the new food in hopes he’ll take a liking to it? I’m running out of his old food and it’s stressing me out, ahhh! Is this something puppies grow out of? Picture for attention lol
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Put his food down to feed him, give him 10-15 minutes to eat it. Whatever he doesn't eat pick up and don't feed him again until his next meal. He won't starve himself and will eventually learn that when its meal time he needs to eat his food or it will be gone. We wen't through this with Denver. We also fed him in the crate with the door shut and he learned that when it was meal time he needed to eat...then was let out when he was done.
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Your puppy isn't finishing his food because you're over feeding him. If I understood you correctly, 3 cups of food at each meal? And you feed him 3 meals a day? Overfeeding can upset a digestive tract in addition to really making them grow at a quick rate (which isn't good for joints).


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Woofles. Do you call him Woof for short?

I think you're saying that you feed him 3 cups total per day - 1 cup per meal? Correct? What food are you trying to switch him to?

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Your puppy isn't finishing his food because you're over feeding him. If I understood you correctly, 3 cups of food at each meal? And you feed him 3 meals a day? Overfeeding can upset a digestive tract in addition to really making them grow at a quick rate (which isn't good for joints).
Ahh I meant I feed him 3 cups total per day. He’s just finicky about what he’s eating. I do let him eat for 10 minutes and if he doesn’t finish i pick up his bowl. And also means no more treats for the day until he eats more at his next meal.
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Woofles. <img src="https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> Do you call him Woof for short?

I think you're saying that you feed him 3 cups total per day - 1 cup per meal? Correct? What food are you trying to switch him to?
Yes 3 total per day lol. Would be a lot if I fed him 9 cups haha.

I’m getting an order of the Hills large breed puppy food for him today and wanted to switch him to that, along with wet puppy food, I’m reading that a lot of people prefer Purina pro plan so considering that a couple months after. I just want his poops to be more solid and better in color!
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Yes 3 total per day lol. Would be a lot if I fed him 9 cups haha.

Iím getting an order of the Hills large breed puppy food for him today and wanted to switch him to that, along with wet puppy food, Iím reading that a lot of people prefer Purina pro plan so considering that a couple months after. I just want his poops to be more solid and better in color!
Did your Vet recommend that you continue feeding him the wet food?
If your Vet didn't specify that you continue, I wouldn't.
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Yes 3 total per day lol. Would be a lot if I fed him 9 cups haha.

I’m getting an order of the Hills large breed puppy food for him today and wanted to switch him to that, along with wet puppy food, I’m reading that a lot of people prefer Purina pro plan so considering that a couple months after. I just want his poops to be more solid and better in color!
We fed Hills Science Large Breed puppy per our vet's recommendation (now the adult version) and I have nothing but good things to say about. Luna is lean and her coat is soft and beautiful. However, you won't go wrong w/ Purina Pro Plan either. The important things are that it's not grain free and it's from a manufacturer that has veterinarian nutritionists on staff and is able to do serious long term feeding studies and quality control. Hills and Purina Pro Plan fit that bill.

As Carolina Mom mentioned, you really don't need wet puppy food. I would just switch to a dry food altogether. You want the hard kibble to help clean their teeth, help alleviate their natural need to chew and a lot of wet food is just moisture and encourages lazy picky food behavior. He won't starve himself. Just choose the new food and gradually switch him over.

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