|08-30-2013 04:49 PM|
|suebisaga||Costco and TSC (tractor supply company) feed store both carry a Salmon and sweet potato food that should be pretty close in price to the diamond natural you feed now. 30 pounds $35 bucks. It is very close to Taste of the wild but cheaper. Diamond makes both just packages it for each company with there private names. Natures domain is Costco and 4-Health for TCS stores. Look into it it might be what your looking for. They also have a Turkey and Beef grain free.|
|08-30-2013 04:28 PM|
|Rallhaus||treat for coccidian and giardia if no improvement, then try changing to a limited ingredient food.|
|08-30-2013 03:33 PM|
|08-30-2013 03:33 PM|
I've heard GSDs have notoriously sensitive stomachs. Chicken seems to be Corey's only issue, but I find it interesting that that seems fairly common.
|08-30-2013 02:54 PM|
If he does not go back to eating the Diamond Naturals soon, I would go back to the TOTW Pacific Stream adult kibble. Go back to what worked and be glad that he will eat and eat well.
Another issue may be that he enjoys the fish-based food rather than the protein used in Diamond Naturals. I have fed both brands and my dogs, as a rule, do not do well on a chicken-based food. All of mine and my fosters are put on a beef and potato grain free kibble. So far, so good. It is just a trial and error process.
|08-30-2013 12:28 AM|
|KodyK||Aww! What a cutie! Yep, I can see that face doing a lot of manipulating. :-)|
|08-30-2013 12:24 AM|
Might as well post a picture of my boy! Thanks for the advice everyone!
|08-30-2013 12:21 AM|
Yeah. Personally, I'd stick with your food a little longer before thinking of switching. Corey liked her last brand all right, and I don't think it was why she wasn't eating. She definitely likes Orijen more, but she would eat the last brand, too.
I WISH I could go with a cheaper brand. Sadly, Corey has an issue with chicken, and a lot of brands, even with fish, have at least a little chicken stock in them. Other than her last food - which was a commercial brand for dogs with sensitive stomachs - I had a hard time finding a brand with a fish base and NO other meats involved. But, hey, she likes it a lot, and I much prefer feeding her this than the commercial brand (which I hated.)
But if his stools are fine, I'd stick with the brand a bit longer. Good luck!
|08-30-2013 12:10 AM|
Wow, thanks for the advice! I was also making the mistake of babying him a bit when he would just stare at the food. You're right, they sure are master manipulators haha!
I'll give reducing the food and keep it down for 15-20 minutes at a time and see where that gets me. Like I mentioned before, I have no issue switching food even if it happens to be more expensive. My main concern is that Ares is getting the proper nutrition and eating enough, but not too much as I've clearly found out! Although I have read amazing things about Orijen, I probably couldnt swing it because of the price. Thanks again!
|08-30-2013 12:04 AM|
I know exactly what you're dealing with. When I first got Corey, she was 2 and had been on the same food for a while. In the first week I got her, she hardly ate a thing. At first my trainer and I thought it was just transition stress, but I quickly realized it was more than that. She would eat, but for the first two or three months I had her, her eating was spotty. I'd put food down and she'd just walk away sometimes.
This is no longer a problem AT ALL - she is now crazy excited for food. I don't know what exactly caused the change, but here are a few things I did around the time her attitude changed that could help.
1. Exactly what Ten3zro said. I always let her have 20 minutes before, but I started being a little more agressive about it. I made it even less time - fifteen minutes, and then it was going away. I wasn't waiting around for her to decide when she wanted to eat.
2. I decreased her food amount. Now, keep in mind that I have a zmall female GSD - she's very dainty and is only about 60 pounds. She's a short girl. I originally had her on 3 cups a day. Now we're at 2. One in the morning, one at night. This seems to be perfect for her. Obviously you're dog is probably a little bigger. A friend of mine with a 73lb very active service dog feeds hers 3 cups a day, and he's done well on that amount. So I do think 4-5 cups is probably just more than he needs.
3. I switched her food. She seemed to like her old food all right, but now that i"ve switched her (Orijen) she seems REALLY excited for dinner, a reaction she never used to have to food at all.
The other thing with Corey (and I'm told with other German Shepherds) is that she is a master manipulator. Once she figured out I acted worried and concerned and babied her a bit when she didn't eat, she kept doing it. If she could have it her way, I'd be hand feeding her. Once I realized that was part of her game, I stopped. I put hte food down, released her to go to it, and then walked away. If she hadn't eaten i fifteen or twenty minutes, it went away. No fuss, no babying.
We haven't had eating problems in months now. She loves food times and even comes to let me know if it gets to be dinner time and I haven't fed her yet (lots of intense stares....) I"m not sure which of these adjustments made the difference for her or if it was a combination, but it worked.
I hope you get things sorted! Try not to worry too much. LIke Ten3zro said, he won't starve himself. I know that's easier said than done, though. Good luck!
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