Switch from puppy food to adult food.

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Hello everyone, yesterday we took Duke to the vet for a visit because he was scratching at his ears. Turns out he has a yeast infection at the base of his ear canal.we are treating the problem. He weighed 95 pounds at 11 months old so the vet suggested that I transitioned him to adult food. I forgot to asked her this and wont see her for another 2 weeks...My question is do I keep the same brand but adult food, which is Bil-jac mixed with wet food or should I switch the brand also? He's been a picky eater up to this point and especially lately he's not eating his breakfast or very little. Which brand of adult food is best? With the new vet research she has been advising me against grain free food also all along so I'm looking for a good brand of dry food with grain. They say that the research about grain free food leads to heart disease in dogs. reading throughout the forum I came across a recommended website to select dog food but I failed to write it down and would have to read all past posts again

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He weighed 95 pounds at 11 months old so the vet suggested that I transitioned him to adult food. I forgot to asked her this and wont see her for another 2 weeks...My question is do I keep the same brand but adult food, which is Bil-jac mixed with wet food or should I switch the brand also? He's been a picky eater up to this point and especially lately he's not eating his breakfast or very little.

 

Thats a big fella! LOL! 

:)

I did what you describe but with Purina brand. Went from the Purina puppy chicken / rice to the same thing in the adult version. Mixed in new stuff and transitioned slowly to 100% of the new food over a few weeks but honestly don't believe all that was needed since I was staying in the same brand.

Girls did not seem like they could even tell a difference in the food.

When in doubt about food changes add some canned pumpkin to the mix. Tends to keep things firm that might not be otherwise with a sensitive tummy.

 

Whatever you decide to feed, transition slowly. Try not to play into his picky eating, and I know it is hard.  Give him 10 minutes to eat his meal, and if he doesn't eat then pick it up. Try again at his next meal (I personally feed two times a day). Most likely, he will start eating after a couple of days of missed meals - he won't starve ;-)

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Good morning dobermanguy, yes he is a big puppy that's for sure! But he's all muscles very lean and trimmed. okay i will certainly do the transition that way again. Maybe I should also just keep him on the same brand but adult version... his stool are perfect at this point and time. Oh I didn't know about the can pumpkin, great tip thank you. Believe it or not he still only eats 4 cups of food a day mixed with can food... since he's about 7 months. I tried to up his food intake as he was growing to the vet recommendation 1 cup per 20 pounds of body weight but he just wasn't/ is eating anymore than that! I got tired of wasting food so I only give him the 4 cups total, what he is actually eating. He's picky at times with the bil jac but he's been that way all of his short life yet... maybe by keeping changing brands to make him eat I'm actually making him more picky... something to think about here. Lol I need training. Ok well good chatting with you again and thank you for your input it's greatly appreciated! Oh I have one more question for you if you dont mind, I see in your post that you are able to insert a specific quote from the question asked. How do you actually do that? The only way I see to answer is the reply button... just curious I would like to use that feature at times:) thanks in advance Dobermanguy. I love to post pictures of him so heres one more of him doing his jumping exercises yesterday

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Hi Fitzmar, yes I know that's what I do I play into his picky eating and probably by doing so I'm making him even more picky! Okay you're right he won't starve if he misses a couple of meals... I'm the one that is always caving in and thinking oh well he doesn't like this particular flavor of wet food and just opened another can... I'll give him 10 minutes and pick it up if he doesn't eat it, great idea. He'll get the picture after a little while:) Thank you I appreciate all the help!

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I'm the one that is always caving in and thinking oh well he doesn't like this particular flavor of wet food and just opened another can... I'll give him 10 minutes and pick it up if he doesn't eat it, great idea.

That is him training YOU right there! LOL!

 

 

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Good morning dobermanguy,
Funny! I guess he might just have done that lol. I know I'm too soft with him at times for sure! Yes he's quite the little con man and I fell for it. With Princesse she would always Wolf her food down so fast after been given the ok that dealing with Dukes pickyness left me perplexed certain mornings and all I wanted to do is make him eat and make sure he wasn't going hungry. I have no children on my own and my motherly instincts are to feed feed feed eveything that breathes: my babies which are my dog and cats...Well since shortly following Fitzmar's advice I stopped giving in and now pick up the food after 10 minutes. Since he only missed 1 breakfast. And the advice is working. I also read a lot on this forum about feeding coconut oil to our dogs. Is the main reason to do so is to obtain a shiny coat? Duke alredy got one or Is there other health benefits to it? And any coconut oil is ok? All of your inputs are greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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Good morning dobermanguy,
Funny! I guess he might just have done that lol. I know I'm too soft with him at times for sure! Yes he's quite the little con man and I fell for it. With Princesse she would always Wolf her food down so fast after been given the ok that dealing with Dukes pickyness left me perplexed certain mornings and all I wanted to do is make him eat and make sure he wasn't going hungry.

 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with spoiling your dog at dinnertime.

The dog only has one life - Might as well make it a darn good one! :)

Got a lb of ground beef cooking for my girls to have with their dinner tonight. Between that and the green beans getting added to their kibble - They are sure to go nuts! :)

 

 

From looking at your picture above - Your dog does have a beautiful coat... No idea if oil added to the food will help you or not. 

Some dogs just have better looking coats naturally than others do. You may have one of those dogs?

My current girls (the sisters) get the same exact food every time without exception and one has always had a smoother and more shiny coat than the other. To the point that if it is pitch black dark where you cant see a thing - I can still tell 'who is who' just by running a hand down their backs. One is and has always been noticably smoother and its not because I am adding oil to her food...

 

 

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Hi dobermanguy, I bet the girls loved their dinner last night!!!
Yeah that's what I think also, it probably wouldn't make a difference if i gave him the coconut oil unless there would be another health benefit to it. Well that works to your advantage to tell them apart at least lol.
Thank you, he does have a nice shiny coat.
Ps if you get a minute to respond to my post on the behavior thread I would really appreciate it, I'm asking about Leerburg...
Thank you and have a great evening.