I have looked at many of the other posts here and on other forums about this topic. I currently feed California Natural Puppy (lt.blue bag) Roxy is almost 6 months old. She has always been petite but when I try to put my foot down I feel guilty because she is very thin. She has had other health issues with infections and likely her heart. We have done blood work, ekgs, & x-rays. The ekg was slightly abnormal but I won't have a clear read on that until next week. Despite all her issues I do think she is just being finicky. She follows my kids around sniffing their food. She has gotten fallen crumbs before but never full table scraps. She occasionally gets bland treats (from same brand) When we got her she was on Pedigree. I slowly switched her to Health Wise. Not until we were fully switched did this problem start. We've also tried Innova. Sometimes I mix Innova canned food in, but after a couple meals of that in a row she starts to turn her nose at that as well. I know there are so many recommended foods out there. Many of you have said that most dogs love (and willingly eat) Timberwolf, Merricks, Maxximim, Orijen, Eagle Pack Hollistic, Wellness and others. I would LOVE to feed her any of those. However I am already pushing our family's budget at 40-50$ for a 30-36lb. bag. I have tried a little gravy but the food gets yucky so fast & I can't afford to waste it if she doesn't eat it. I also don't want to have to worry about something expiring quickly in the fridge. I see something online called Stewart food flavoring. It may be pricey, not quite sure. It's a powder. Ingrd. list; digest, dried brewers yeast, rice flour, bean gum, powdered cellulose, calcium carbonate. If anyone has any easy ideas we could really use some help! My mom's 3 month old boxer devours her Ca. Natural! (or anything for that matter) I'm so jealous. It is upsetting that we are pushing our limits to buy her quality food & it seems like she's not grateful. That may sound stupid but that's how I feel. Please help!
I would think that a dog that's got health problems has a greater potential to have a lower appetite. I know when I feel sick, I really don't feel like eating. I think your best bet is to offer her what you have, and if she's hungry she'll eat it.
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spanky is a boxer also and i first want to say im sorry your baby has health problems at such a young age. i would discuss this with the vet and sit down and go over a diet that you are comfortable within your price range with,( i realize some of the food is so expensive and you dont have to spend all that money to make sure your dog is eating well) and see if any of them work for her, switching food is really the worst thing you can do it makes them very picky about what they eat, with spanky he eats dried and i will sometimes throw a handful of shredded cheese in and toss it about, he really thinks he is getting a treat all dogs would prefer human food over theirs but if your dog doesnt get it then stick to your guns, i know this is hard but when she gets hungry she will eat her food. try veggies and fruit both my boxers loved them and spanky gets dried peaches and apricots for snacks( along with his dog treats) good luck and remember alot of boxer puppies are lanky and thin when young.
i hope she's just temporarily thin. my mom's boxer is soooo thick! it makes it look like i'm starving roxy. i can't really discuss the food issue with my vet. the vet tech suggested that i "buy a better quality food....like science diet." we all know who's taking them out to lunch! so they use cheeze whiz stuff @ the vets. office for shots & such. does the sprinkle cheese give gas or abnormal stool? that's another thing. roxy has awful gas. when i open the door to her room in the morning i wonder if she's even alive with the lack of oxygen. supposedly normal? but, it's got to be the food, right?
Hi RoxyBoxy I did try to respond to your private box after you contacted me but I had no luck. We've noticed more problems with gas when our guy has been on certain food trials. Obviously there are ingredients in those foods that certain dogs react too more strongly than others. I agree with Boxergal that too much switching can make some dogs picky since they are looking for the novelty. Even after my dog has had a huge meal he will come sniffing around us if we are eating. Dairy may have a tendency to cause gas and you say that's already a issue. Your dog could be lactose intolerant too. If she is having loose stool with a food then she is not tolerating it and may also refuse to eat it. Some vets may push their foods but a good vet will tell you too use the food that best meets your dog's needs. It doesn't have to be the most expensive either. Has she had any of those other episodes that you described in the other posting?
Hi again. Roxy's episodes seemed to have been less frequent lately. However we have been making her lay low because she has been limping. I spoke with the vet about it. She recommend that we limit her exercise to see if her shoulder heals up on it's own. Most of the collapses were seemingly due to excitement & running. It's been one thing after another. I'm very pre-occupied with her limping. I hope it's a healable sprain or growing pain. I'm worried about her well being, but also the price tag of care. So on the food issue I'm thinking of trying Diamond puppy lamb & rice. I'm going to do some more checking but it's somewhat decent and very reasonably priced. I just need to find her something she'll willingly eat.