Year old pup not eating
Hi everyone, I rarely post in here, but I'd just like to say I have gathered heaps of information from this community and I greatly appreciate all the help I have received.
My boy Ares just turned a year old yesterday so about a week ago I began the transition from his puppy kibble to adult food. He had been getting Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy from about 10 weeks old and absolutely loved it. Solid, healthy stools and a wonderful coat, tons of energy and no health issues *knock on wood*. I must say I was very impressed with TOTW's product, aside from the cost! (Recent graduate who just moved out)
After a few long germanshepherds.com research sessions on quality dry foods, I decided on Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice Adult, mainly because of the cost. It is available at my local pet store and the price tag cant be beat. Of course, there's other great foods out there, but Diamond just made sense since it is available right down the street at a great value to boot.
During the transition period (about 50/50) Ares was chowing down just as usual so I had high hopes. No issues with loose stools, throwing up or anything like that after around 3 days of being on Diamond 100%, but since then he refuses to touch it! I was feeding 4.5-5 cups a day per the recommendations on the bag 3 times a day with TOTW and Diamond suggests the same. I require him sit and wait until I tell him it's ok to eat. So now when I give him the go ahead, he walks up to it, takes a peak, looks at me and walks away! Since this is in the morning sometimes before I have to go to work , I dont have time to sit there and wait for him to decide to eat. So, one day I put him in his crate before I left and put the bowl of food in there with him. When I came back from work later he had finished the bowl. Well that confused me!
So I asked a co-worker who works with disc dogs as a hobby and he mentioned Ares could be coming down with a mild fever and to check his gums. I did so, and they seemed normal. He isnt showing any signs of pain or discomfort, aside from the non-eating he is acting as routine as always. He also told me to try a topper on the food to encourage him. Gave that a try with some jerky treats and he devoured the bowl just like old times!
So, right now I am at a bit of a loss at what to do. I'd really like to stick with the Diamond because it's easy on the wallet. If I have no choice, I can swing a more expensive food, but that's a last resort. Sorry for the book everyone! Just trying to cover everything! Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated!