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Old 05-15-2014, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bonnie suddenly refuses to eat her kibble but still goes for her treats and everything else. It doesn't really bother me because I intend to switch her to a different brand anyways, but I don't know how to do the switch. I know I should change the food gradually, but if she doesn't touch the old brand will she eat the new one at all or maybe only pick the new kibbles out of the bowl? Any advice on how to do the switch? Thanks!

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Old 05-15-2014, 05:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bonnie suddenly refuses to eat her kibble but still goes for her treats and everything else. It doesn't really bother me because I intend to switch her to a different brand anyways, but I don't know how to do the switch. I know I should change the food gradually, but if she doesn't touch the old brand will she eat the new one at all or maybe only pick the new kibbles out of the bowl? Any advice on how to do the switch? Thanks!

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I've had dogs that won't react to a immediate change in kibbles. In fact I've never had a dog that did have adverse reactions. I think it comes down to the sensitivity of that particular dog's stomach, which in your case may be reactive. But if she is refusing the kibble in the first place, I wouldn't bother easing into the new stuff if she enjoys it. Just my nonprofessional opinion though.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your response! I really need her to eat something, that's my main concern right now. I guess I'll give her a little bit of the new food, see what happens and then slowly increase the portions.

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Old 05-15-2014, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ever think about not feeding kibble?

There are dehydrated foods like the Honest Kitchen, you add water and its kind of like a moist paste, or there are prepared frozen raw foods, thaw and eat.
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Thanks for your input Gretchen! I thought about feeding raw once I know more about it. She likes kibble, just not this one anymore.

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Old 05-16-2014, 01:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We feed our girl Fromm four star. It has several interchangeable favors to choose from..... We buy the medium bags, and that usually keeps her guessing


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I also rotate through the Fromm four star, I buy a new flavour each bag. The recipes are made so there's no need for a slow switch, you can feed one flavour for breakfast and another for dinner with no side effects.

My poodle is a very picky eater so I feel your pain, she would go 3-4 days without eating at times. Since changing to the Fromm she has missed only one meal in over 2 years - she really loves it

The other thing you can do is add toppers. I use Tripett (canned tripe), raw egg, coconut oil, salmon oil, plain greek yogurt as some examples on a daily basis. It entices the dog to eat but also adds benefits of vitamins and other good things to their diet. I also add warm water to the kibble every time and let it soak for a few minutes before feeding
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for your responses! I received Dr. Tim's Kinesis and she loves it! It seems her stomach handles the transition just fine, at least she's been digesting it well after the two days on new food. If she's getting tired of this brand I'll definitely try Fromm Four-Star.

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just be aware that you can create a diva if you start changing foods just because she gets bored.
nothing wrong with switching formulas but if you switch every time she loses interest, you are likely to find yourself with half-eaten bags of a dozen kinds of food
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You're right, I definitely don't want to change her food every time she's fed up with it, but I meant to change her food anyways. I went from Purina One to Dr. Tim's; a huge upgrade!
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