I have a beagle named Reed, I adopted him in November and we were told he was about 2 or 3 years old, I'm thinking more like 4 yrs old b/c he has gray around his mouth. Anyway, when we adopted him we were told to feed him Science Diet but he stopped eating so we switched to Kibbles and bits, he ate that for awhile then stopped so we went IAMS, he hated that wouldn't even touch it, so we went back to Science Diet but he mostly eats grass barely touches the food. Any good food suggestions?
All those brands really arent good for your dog anyway. Brands like Nutro or Merricks are sooo much better. But you could try mixing some canned food in his dry food, or buy that Iams gravy, he may be bored with it.
once all medical reasons for him not eating have been ruled out you should pick one food and stick with it. switching foods constantly can turn him in to a picky eater. i would suggest natural balance, merricks, california natural, evo. you can add some canned food or yogurt to the food to make it more palatable for him.
Yeah pick one good food and stick to it. By changing foods you are helping make your dog into an even pickier eater. Put down what you want him to eat, if he doesnt eat it in 20 minutes, pick the dish up and save it till next meal. He'll learn that if he wants to eat he'd better do it when you put the food down. Also, dogs are opportunistic eaters. This means that they cant, they won't starve themselves. A health dog can go 2 weeks or so without eating anything, long as fresh water is available.
Pick a good food, like Chicken Soup for hte dog lover's soul, or canidae, or whatever and stay with it no matter whether or not your dog turns up his nose. Also, do not feed him any treats or table scraps.
The problem with Iams, Science Diet, Eukanuba, and many other store bought brands of dog food is that they mostly contain fillers.. By-products; slaugherhouse scraps unfit for human consumption, and Grains; wheat and corn. Wheat and corn can cause major skin allergies in dogs. Its best to stay away from brands that contain these grains. By eating a food containing wheat and corn, your dog is getting very little nutritional value...therefore he/she will eat more. The manufacture of the above brands would like you to think they are premium brands of food , though they are just junk food.. It would be like feeding your kids hotdogs everyday.
To learn more about what is in dog food check out this site;
As some of the other posters mentioned.. Choose a premium brand of dog food.. Some of those brands are;
Prairie, Innova, Innova EVO, Wellness, Chicken Soup for the petlovers soul, California Natural, Newmans Own, Pet Promise are just a few..
The following links will take you to some of these dog food sites.. most of them have a location selector. I can find Newmans Own and Pet Promise at my local health food store and the rest along with many other premium brands can be found at feed stores or you can find them at individually owned pet stores.
You will notice the above brands are a little more costly however they are packed full of nutrition...no by-products, wheat and corn... In the end your dog will eat less of this food...so the price actually evens out. I feed my dog Innova EVO...The EVO line is the newest in the Innova brand... its wonderful food... my dog loves it and Ive seen major improvement in his coat. Ive heard that some dogs actually calm down after changing to a premium brand of food...
I also wanted to add, when you see your dog eating grass, give him/her some shredded cabbage... This should satisfy his craving to eat grass...plus cabbage is digestible...grass is not.
WOW that is a lot of good information, thank you. My dog is pretty calm as it is, the old family that adopted him right before us returned him after 2 weeks saying he was to hyper but we have not had that problem, but hyper to some is different to others. Anyway I'm sure Reed will appreciate this good information. It looks like I'm going out shopping this week :P
Why do so many people believe that by-products are fillers? They are not. They are digestible organ meats like liver, brains, kidneys, stomach, etc and are full of naturally occuring vitamins and minerals. Even raw diet feeders are supposed to feed by-products, but their term for these body parts is 'offal'. All things that you can indeed find in your local grocery store in the meat department or canned (Pig brains anyone? Only 1000 mg of cholesterol per serving..)
Fillers are rice, barley, wheat millet, corn, and other grains. Some are better quality than others, rice is better than corn for example. But they tend to be higher in fiber and thus pass through the body quickly instead of being easily digestible.
Out of the 3 links that AnAsAZI sent I was able to locate one store in my area that sells Nutra. Price is not a huge deal for me, he's little and a big bag of food generally lasts him quite a while anyway. I just spoke to my Mom who is keeping my GSD and they said they put Alpine (GSD) on Nutra about 6 weeks ago and has been doing a lot better. They had her in for a check up this past weekend and the vet was extremely pleased with her said that she is perfect size, weight, height and you can see her waist perfectly. So I may go with that brand.
I stand faithful to the Merrick brand for canned food...and either Extention (around $25 for 40lbs) or Evolve (about $12 for 20 lbs) They have no by products...and the have all the minerals and vitamins that a dog needs. But nonetheless, after even looking at the ingredients of the food, my vet also suggested a multivitamin every day. Perhaps only because Logan is still a puppy.
When I got RIddick, part of my contract says that he has to be on a premium food. So I finally found a vendor in our area that sells 'Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's soul'. I went and got a bag and am gradually swapping both Riddick and Bowen over to it. I was paying about $13 for a 20 lb bag of Maxximum Nutrition, which was what I"d been feeding. Chicken Soup is VERY affordable, especially for the quality ingredients in it. A 35 lb cost me $28. And the ingredients are awesome.