Have tried to switch Punk from RC to Nature's Variety Instinct - picked out the RC and did not eat the NVI. So, tried Tuscan Natural Carne - same thing - picked out the RC and left the other. So, I guess she is a RC bully. I'm going to keep on trying others and maybe I can find one that I can mix with the RC that she will also eat.
you should try blue buffalo my dogs were on bad food I tried to switch them to Fromm , nvi, orijen they couldn't eat it I changed it to bb an they love it coats are smooth shiny soft the only difference between Fromm and blue buffalo basics turkey * potato grain free is Fromm has 2 protein sources in one bag.
maybe you can phase him onto a diet of RC and a blander rice/chicken diet, then remove the RC, so just rice+chicken, and then phase in a better brand?
Thanks much ! I will let you all know how things go with trying to switch her off the RC.
Are you giving him the food dry? Maybe if you add a little water or olive oil to it the flavors will blend and he will eat both? Bacon loves olive oil in his food and it's good for his coat
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Had to share that I giggled a bit at your dilemma.
I would try and mix something in, such as plain yogurt or plain pumpkin. It would be interesting if she can pick off the RC then. If not, you've got a terribly attentive bully there.
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Fromm and so off I went to pick up a bag. Oh my goodness, all flavors later I was not further along. She did the exact same thing as Punk'N, eating the RC and spitting out the Fromm and talk about the stink eye I got.... Back to the drawing board. I knew at that point I wanted a grain free product I just had to find one that she would eat. To make a very long story short. She new eats a mixture of Orijen ( Original Red) and TOTW ( Taste of the Wild) one with lamb. It turns out the are similiar in size as the RC we were feeding her. It took a while but I was determined to suceed. Not everyone will agree with this but I do add a heaped tablespoon of boiled ground beef to her two feedings and this helped move her along. She still has her yeast issues but no where near as bad and her gastric issues are all but gone. She does get a probiotic every day. Remember, you are the mom so you make the decisions It is just finding the right food and adding your own little touches to get her to eat. I am sure she will not starve.... Good luck.
RC fits the needs of many bulldogs just as Beneful fits the needs of many dogs, but that doesn't mean it's a quality food. Just because your vet sells you something doesn't earn it the quality label. We have a dog food ratings list here on EBN that lists foods in order of quality ingredients. I believe that list is based many years of experience with BULLDOGS. But you're right, maybe that list isn't scientific enough to validate our "opinions". So lets look elsewhere ok?
Dog Food Adviser's website lists it as a 4 star food and their data IS scientific. Oddly enough, only the Starter line warrants a rating. Dog Food Adviser states
"Judging by its ingredients alone, Royal Canin Starter appears to be an average dry dog food.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 32%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest acarbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line. And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Royal Canin Starter is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars. "
Or, if you prefer, we could go to the department of consumer affairs to read what actual users say. For every site that you show me that show's it is a great food choice, I can show you one that says it isnt. Just because someone's opinion differs than yours doesn't make it less valid. It makes it DIFFERENT and doesn't deserve to be called anything other than that. And you know what? Sometimes other peoples opinions are RIGHT and yours is the wrong one.
People come here because they need advise. @JAKEISGREAT gave hers. She didn't deserve to be attacked for it. I personally VALUE her opinions, experience and insight and even IF I disagree with something she says, I still consider her opinions no less VALID than my own.
NOW... back on topic...
I've found that mixing chicken broth works great when trying to get them to eat something new
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Thank all of you for your help. I am going to try mixing in a Lamb based dog food and add some olive oil to it. I have read about how olive oil helps with their coats. Punk so far, other than the seizures, has been a healthy bully along with my Corgi and mixed breed. I will let you know which food she decides to like. . . . .