Folks 2 questions I will ck your answers by Sunday
I give Jimmy Nature ( brand name ) dry food all the time . He likes it
I made a mistake switching to Blue Buffalo ( brand name) dry food . He is not eating. He only eats when I feed him by hand.
any ideas on this ? Is it a bad food . What I bought is Blue Lamb and rice
Can I feed him till it finishes ( I bought it for $20) I can go to Natures once I complete Blue
Anal sacs expresiion : Jimmy needs to go to Vet August 5th for anal sacs( He had it Feb 5th 2011 earlier) He is biting the area often , Should I take him before August 5th or I could wait till August 5th
As long as you have ruled out any medical reason for his food refusal, I would say it sounds as if your dog has become a picky eater due to the new food. A real quick fix is to do as follows:
Put food down in the AM.. if he doesn't eat it within 2-4 minutes, remove it and do not offer it until PM feeding. Repeat.. if he doesn't eat within 4 minutes remove it until the morning. Some dogs may refuse to eat for several days, but no healthy dog will starve... eventually they learn that they need to eat when food is offered. This method is 100% effective and eliminates a dog from becomming a picky eater.
As for Blue Buffalos quality, it isn't a bad food. I don't have the ingredients in front of me to compare with your previous food, but seem to recall it being a decent rated feed. I personaly feed an all grain free food... Taste of the Wild and love it.
As with any changeover, it should be done gradually over the course of a week. Any faster and it can cause some gastrointestinal upset.
Almost forgot about your anal sac question.... are they impacted or infected? As long as it is not something that requires antibiotics or surgery, any groomer can express the glands themselves and teach you how to do it as well. I have an older dog who occasionally needs his expressed and I do it myself in the tub.
I suggest doing it sooner than later though... if it's irritated now, it can lead to an infection and that can lead to a possible surgey and an expensive road of medication. Don't wait until August... do it now.