will a 9yo dog be willing to change food?***update***

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mommy9994, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    I have a basset/beagle, Sparkie. He had not been happy with his food, and I finally found one that he'll eat (he still prefers layer feed:rolleyes:) and I'm happy with the ingredients and price (it is one of the Diamond foods). Last week, we were Doxi sitting for MIL. It looks like Roxi Doxi is going to be comming back to live with us. MIL has never really liked her, I think the only reason she got her was because her friend had a daschund:rolleyes:. She's not mistreated her, but she's never been loved:( Dh has finally convinced her to let her come here:D (he's been trying for years!)

    Anyhow, she eats Purina little bites-- which is puke! I read the ingredients, it's corn, wheat, soy, and then more corn:rolleyes:. Besides that, it's MORE expensive than the lamb and rice based food. SO, my question, how hard is it to switch a 9yo dog over?
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Do this. Mix about 1/4 of the new food to 3/4 of the old food. If she eats all that, the next day mix it 50/50. Keep adding new food to the old food gradually until that's all she's eating.

    Edited to add: I wish I had your signature as a bumper sticker!!
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  3. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    You should do it gradually, mix the two together. Sometimes if you suddenly change their food it can upset their digestive system.
  4. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    so you think she'll change over ok? I knew I would have to do it gradual, but didn't know if she would be overly "set" at her age. She's also very tiny-- she's not supposed to be a mini, but she is the size of a mini-- her littermates grew to be 5 or 6 x her size!

    I wish I had it as a bumper sticker too LOL
  5. bluerose

    bluerose Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Our dogs change food on a regular basis as they need or decide. Dogs are dogs... they love to eat... why wouldn't they change? They steal table scraps just fine... [​IMG]

    Get her on some decent food for sure.
  6. Xival Knievel

    Xival Knievel In the Brooder

    May 8, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Do what the previous people have mentiononed (gradual food change- even by 1/8 cup a day due to her age and because she is so small). Keep in mind that many foods by that and other similar brands have added sugars and other additives that are addictive, and although they are very bad for the dog's health, do taste yummy to many dogs. [​IMG] So she may want to refuse the new food thinking that if she holds out she can get the "good" (nasty) stuff. No dog will starve themself so just be sure to be the more persistent one and don't give up! Adding warm water can sometimes help if you have a problem. Many children would eat just McDonalds every day too, but it is our responsibility to put our foot down in order to keep them healthy![​IMG] Good luck on the switch.
  7. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    My dog is 9 and I switched over her food last fall. I mixed in some of the new food gradually over a 2 week period till it was all new. No problems.
  8. summerwindsfarm

    summerwindsfarm Songster

    Jun 5, 2008
    Stroud, Oklahoma
  9. spoonie

    spoonie In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Juda, WI
    If you have a lot of problems getting her to eat the new food (dogs can be stubborn too) you could try drizzling a bit of canned tuna or chicken juice over it, or some broth of some sort. Anything that makes food "smelly" is bound to increase interest in it. After a few days of bribing her into eating the new food, you will be able to quit that and have her eating it dry. Good luck! Hope you don't have a stubborn pup.
  10. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    I don't know yet when she will be comming back-- but I will deffinately follow the suggestions here. Thanks so much!!

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