thanks for all the replys, we took him to the vet yesterday for his 3rd shot, and they said that they could see pit in him, but the person we adopted him from said he was a border collie hound mix.
buy, anyway i gotta another question maybe yal could help me out with, dif topic though but didn't wanna start a new post, ok so when we got him we started feeding him purina beneful (which he loved from first bite) but i did some reading and i found this food maybe isn't so great bc all the corn and stuff, so i went to petsmart and got him some natures recipe food yesterday and stared the 25 to 75% thing and he just walks up to it and smells it and wont eat but like 2 bites is this gonna take time or does he just not like it? I don't know if i should maybe go get some royal canine or something for him to try?
I would give him some more time to try the food before you change it again. Just be careful not to mess up his tummy. I messed Max up pretty bad in the past month or so. I had been feeding him Purina One which is an OK food but I wanted to get him "better" food. Especially since I started reading everybody's opinions on which foods are junk on this forum. So we tried Nutro Natural Choice senior formula. I did the gradual change thing but he hated the new food no matter what I did. I was adding flavor enhancers just to get him to eat. He also has a preference for small round pieces even though he's a big dog and this was little disk shapes. So then I tried Canidae because people here really say it's great. I did the gradual switch again. He hated it just as much although the shape was better. So last week while we're still on the Canidae he gets so sick that I end up at the vet Monday with a $180 bill to find out it's all my fault. Max has inflammation in his intestines and has two different pills I have to give him twice a day. Good news is that he's doing really well now and getting back to normal. As I take him off the homemade bland diet of hamburg and rice, he's getting his Purina One back. Moral of the story: don't underestimate the amount of damage you can do just by trying to do the best thing for your dog. Be careful with switching foods.
Maxand Allie, my dogs were eating Nutro at one time, and it was all they could do to choke it back. I was cooking for them for a long time, now they are eating a mixture of EaglePack Salmon. and Canidae, and scarf it down. It's a little higher priced, but I really think it's worth it.
Thanks Pen. Right now I'm just going to give Max a break and let him eat what he likes and what agrees with his tummy for a little while. If I decide to try another change later on I will try your suggestion. Cost was never an issue for his food. In fact, since they only sell the senior formula of Purina One at places like Petco or Petsmart, it's actually costing as much as the Canidae did. This really started because I felt guilty feeding the cats Royal Canin which costs a lot for a small bag when poor Max was eating "junk food". But "poor Max" was worse off when I tried to improve his diet. He hated it and then it made him sick. I learned a big lesson this week. Even though I thought I was doing it gradually, I did too many food changes in a short period of time. Bad mom!
One more question, I have had pretty decent luck with potty training. He pooped in the house the day we brought him home when everyone came to see him. And, he hasn't pooped in the house or n his crate again. He has peed in his crate like 3x when we first got him an hasn't peed in it since. We can take him to the same spot outside and say go potty and he will pee or poop on command. But every once in a while he will just pee in the house and we have said NO and gave him a tap and then took him outside immediatly but he still does it and he still doesn't let us know when he needs to go outside we just take him out like every 30min when he is inside playing.
my dogs eat anything even crappy food they would eat. im worried that im also guilty of changing foods too often i went from iams to nutro to Canidae but they eat it all well i think that they would eat anything no really no problem the canidae looks good i ate a piece and it didnt taste horrible! it passed my taste test:) purina puppy chow sooo didnt pass! eww! iams is mediocre but Canidae, wow, i would eat that if i was starving you know that ppl would strave to death even if they had dog food in the house? crazy it doesnt have salt of course :) soo this means that my dogs are eating way better than me! maybe i should go on the canidae diet too haha :)
anyways, i wanted to say that i hope my dogs are ok from all the switching you couldnt tell from how they eat that they are sick! especially my doberman! he eats anything super fast! and my chihuahua is just as fast! :)
I see hound in that bump on top of the pup's head and the speckled muzzle. In coonhounds it is called a tree bump because by the time they start learning to tree game very well the bump is disappearing. It eventually levels out with the rest of the dog's skull. Other than that it could very well have border collie in it and have inherited a hound's super short coat.
Whatever you are feeding the pup looks shiny and fit. Base your decision of dog food on several criteria such as does the pup like to eat it, are the first couple of ingredients listed meat, how healthy does your dog look after a couple of weeks with that food and does your pup show allergy symptoms after starting on that food (gunky ears, itchy skin several hours to a day or two later). Look and learn from others but use advice as guidelines. My dogs do fine on Purina One Chicken & Rice. They are allergic to most other purina products. Purina One Chicken & Oatmeal - they love it but it gives them huge, stinky, loose stools. My dogs also refuse to eat any food with lamb in it except actual lamb meat that I've cooked. It's a shame because lamb is the most highly recommended food for dogs with allergies.
If you do have a hound please keep an eye out for skeletal problems. If you see any sign of the pups legs beginning to bend at an unnatural angle switch to an adult formula or "large breed" formula as soon as possible. Sometimes they grow too fast for their bones to support them when fed puppy food.