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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Need some advice. Cash has been home 4 days and I am out of the food his breeder was feeding him. She gave me a little bag and I was mixing it in with Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy because I wanted to change it over after doing a lot of research on here. She was feeding him Pro Plan Performance.

He ate fine when the food was mixed, but now that I am sprinkling in the old food (because its almost gone) he doesn't want to eat. He just sits at his bowl and whines. He keeps walking back over to it, but when he smells it he whines and walks away. He really hasn't eaten much of it at all today.

I would just go buy another small bag of the Pro Plan and keep mixing for longer, but the specific kind only comes in a 40 lb bag and costs $40. It's not specifically for a puppy either.

What should I do?
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Have you tried just the BB?

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Have you tried just the BB?
With plenty of exercise and controlling the food,he'll give in eventually.
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Yes, I've tried just the Blue Buffalo, and he whines, walks away, comes back 10 minutes later, takes a bite, whines, walks away...and so on.

Is there dangers in just mixing the two foods until both bags are gone and then re-evaluating things? I threw away my receipt for the BB so I'm stuck with it. It is only a 15 lb bag.

Or should I just suck it up, chalk it up to a mistake, buy a different brand, and take the $35 hit. I can afford it, I just hate wasting money.
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My dogs aren't notoriously finicky, but sometimes I can tell that they don't enjoy the taste (or more probably, the smell) of certain foods. I don't force them to eat it, I will just pass the food along to someone who's dog might enjoy it more.

I don't think it would hurt to get another bag of the PP Performance and keep mixing with the BB, it's only a 15 lb. bag, which shouldn't take too long to finish. Good luck!

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Or should I just suck it up, chalk it up to a mistake, buy a different brand, and take the $35 hit. I can afford it, I just hate wasting money.
probably. i do think our dogs should enjoy what they are eating, if at all possible.

i have never fed this food, but there see to be an awful lot of members here who have had very good success with Wellness Super 5 Large Breed Puppy. it should be easy to find (i think Petco carries it). it seems to be one of the most often suggested foods for our pups.

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probably. i do think our dogs should enjoy what they are eating, if at all possible.

i have never fed this food, but there see to be an awful lot of members here who have had very good success with Wellness Super 5 Large Breed Puppy. it should be easy to find (i think Petco carries it). it seems to be one of the most often suggested foods for our pups.
This is what a bought actually. He loves the taste, but....new problem...he's got really runny poop from it. Probably because he's had 3 foods in the last week. His poor little stomach is probably like..."What the %&$*".

I guess I'll just wait for it to firm up. If it doesn't after a week we'll see....

Thanks for the help.
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Is there dangers in just mixing the two foods until both bags are gone and then re-evaluating things? I threw away my receipt for the BB so I'm stuck with it. It is only a 15 lb bag.

Or should I just suck it up, chalk it up to a mistake, buy a different brand, and take the $35 hit. I can afford it, I just hate wasting money.
No you're not. Most places will accept an open bag without a receipt. I've returned one before. Granted, you'll end up with store credit, but they will likely take it back.

If he really doesn't want it, try something else. You're obviously trying to upgrade his food. Som other choices that are similar in quality (or better) than BB that will probably be around the same choice are Innova and Wellness 5.

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BB Large Breed Puppt food

My new guy came from Germany three days ago. He is still picking at it. But I have bought two large bags. The vet said to give him time and to put a little canned food for smell and taste in to help. He is still adjusting to a new envionment. More exercise in the next few days should help.
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Update.

I have just been continuing to feed the BB and he has given in and is eating much better. I'm not sure if he's just used to it now or eating because he's got no choice. I will monitor the situation and when the bag is close to gone decide if I want to switch over. Wellness 5 for large breed puppy seems to be highly recommended here.
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