We have fed Floyd Iams Large Breed Puppy biscuits (kibble) since we got him and at first he scoffed them down and in the past 6 months or so he seemed to like them a fair bit but not LOOOOVE them like when he was really young.
We ran out of Iams for about half a week and tried a new cheap food to tide us over and he hated that. So we thought we'd use up all the frozen chicken wings in the fridge. He looooves chicken wings. Now he has his Iams back and is not interested in eating them at all. He might have a few mouthfuls for breakfast but he won't even touch dinner. And the past 2 nights we didn't give him any extra food because I thought he's just eat them when he was hungry enough but he hasn't.
Now, we have Ziggy coming who will be eating all this yummy tinned (wet) beefy puppy food and Floyd is going to want to eat it but he can't because of urinary tract stone disorder in Dals.
Should we just try and change biscuits? I don't want him to be hungry and think he has the crap food. We'd feed him chicken wings every night if we could but it's too much meat in his diet. Is changing food at the same time we get Ziggy a bad idea?
The main reason was because she is already on different food which we would have to wean her off etc. Actually, the MAIN reason would be because Floyd's Iams food is $20 for a 3kg bag. Two big dogs on that expensive food is just too much....especially when Floyd seems to hate it now anyway....
***Edited By: Boxer Babe on 2/24/2005 8:43:03 PM*** Reason: add
If you think IAMS is expensive, wait till you feed canned food regularly. It's typically 70% or more water so you get less for your buck anyway. No matter what food you feed your new dog, I can almost guarantee you that the new dog will want Floyd's food, and Floyd will want the new dog's food. It's "The grass is greener on the other side of the fence" syndrome.
I'm sorry, I haven't been here long enough to know about your situation. Oops, sorry there. I just got really grossed out that THe IAMS puppy first ingredient in chicken by product mean and it goes from there... I also found in training with kibble for a while and hand feeding it that it was disturbingly greasy.
I wish I had something actually helpful for you...
hey BB, i didn't read all the posts, so forgive any redundancy, but i think floyd just wants his chicken wings. he got the taste for treats, and now he is sticking his nose up at his regular food. don't worry, if he is healthy, he won't starve himself, he is just holding out for the good stuff. when i first started posting here, i had a similar problem, and i do believe Minniyar wrote something to the effect of, "Dogs, like people, are not born finicky, they are made".
We thought that too, Bessie, but he's been sort of going off his Iams for a while now...and now it's to the point where he's not interested AT ALL...and you've got to understand -- THIS DOG LOVES TO EAT!!!
It's just a little worrying now. I've been told another brand to try so I'll see how that goes.
Kula seemed to so the same thing with Natural Balance when I only gave him one flavor. Once I started rotating flavors he started gobbling everything down again. I guess I'd get bored with the same thing everyday too!
Try pouring a little low sodium, fat free chicken or beef broth on his kibble. Or Iams has recently put out a liquid broth type flavoiring if you can get it where you live. That may spark his interest.
Meanie-j/k lol. True enough though, they always hold out for the "good stuff" and when that doesn't come along, the kibble is eaten. Layla is starting to turn her nose up at the Natural Balance canned I usually mix with her kibble. she used to tear through that. Getting real spoiled. Maybe I should threaten her with "Old Roy".