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    I recently re-homed Rocky to my home, and for two days, Rocky's been playful, energetic, and just having a good time. But also for two days, each time i've taken him out for a walk, in 25 paces, he stops and does no#1, 25 more paces no#2, then wants back in. Each time he's come back in, i find a little spot about the size of a 50 Cent piece of foam on the floor like a spit up. The previous owner fed him Pedigree food, and I purchased it 1st day for him, and put a cup in his bowl. He's been so excited, he hasn't stopped to eat, just less than a year old. I read on your forum about Mal-A-Ket antibacterial wipes, and since I got some cream to put in the folds of his face, I thought it would be easier to use the wipes, so I stopped at pet smart last night, No Mal-A-Ket wipes, but everyone in the store fell in Love with Rocky. The store manager was helping me look for the wipes and asked why I needed them, I explained, in which he asked what I was feeding Rocky, I told him Pedigree only, but he hasn't eaten it, and he gave a me a long spill about wheat, and oats in the food causing yeast in Rocky, and may want to switch to Basic by Blue, which may also help him get his appetite back, Grain free, Sensitive formula. As per the directions I used 25% Basic by blue, and 75% Pedigree. The Point is, Since Sunday morning, Rocky hasn't eaten, looks at his food dish, sees whats in it, walks away. Has been drinking water all along. This morning in trying something new, I used a raw egg, mixed it up in his food, and again, he looked at his bowl, smelled, and walked away.
    I understand he's in the rehoming phase, and I swear he's having a great time, playing and being a bound up ball of energy, But now i'm starting to worry about him not eating. And this morning, he threw up a place in the floor about the size of a dollar bill, twice, foamy looking. Any suggestions, and or advice, I know theirs a lot of breeders on here that rehome puppies all the time, There has to be something I can do to get him to eat and calm his stomach. I look foreword to reading your thoughts….

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    Default Re: New Home, Rocky's not eating…

    Hi Dave. Well look at it this way..Pedigree is like McDonalds to kids. Why would they want a REAL food if they are used to that? He is pouting. Can't say I blame him much...I like junk food too! I would go slower on transition..in other words, instead of 1/4 cup new..try an 1/8. Go for few days then up a bit. Doesn't matter how long it takes..as long as he is changing. You can also add some boiled ground beef to the top. I think the foamy barf might be cuz his tummy is empty. If he's acting and playing normally, he is just not happy about that new food!

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    Default Re: New Home, Rocky's not eating…

    Well, if he is having problems with his stomach I would suggest maybe going to a bland diet; cook up some rice and maybe shred some chicken and mix it with the rice. I am not sure about allergies but if he has been eating pedigree maybe the chicken part won't be a problem. the bland diet may be the answer to both problems: 1) it gives him something to entice him to eat, 2) it is a diet easy on his stomach if he is having stomach issues that are related to throwing up. I would probably give him the bland diet for a few days and then try to transition the better food a little at a time into the rice until I was back on the better food. Good luck.

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    Hey Beckie, Thanks for your input, I've gotten a laugh out of Mickey D's, But I think i explained the problem vaguely, Let me start from the beginning.

    Rocky was re-homed, by me, Because his former Parent had health Issues, and was unable to care for him. This has been the first pet I've owned since I lost my elderly Cocker prior to 2005. Prior owner had him on a Pedigree diet, and I started out with Pedigree, Rocky wouldn't touch it, still won't. Pet Smart recommended trying a Grain Free Diet, Blue Basic, Sensitive diet, but start the transition slowly, and maybe he would start eating again. Rocky follows the humans around the house, looking to eat anything, The 5 second rule definitely applies to Rocky, But still won't touch his Pedigree food, which was the diet he was on prior to coming to live with me. The Blue Basic was a win/win, as Pet Smart stated, if he won't eat the Basic Blue, bring it back for a refund but in the meantime, he may start eating his diet again, and find that Blue Basic Sensitive diet would be much better for him than Pedigree, which seemed to me to start a better diet, and get him to eat something. My daughter was able to put a handful of it in her hand, and get him to eat it, and I was able to do the same thing, So since Sunday, he's had 2 handfuls of food, plus whatever he has scarfed up in the 5 second rule. In reality, I agree that his diet is important, and I want him on the healthiest food I can find in my area, but at this point, I'd rather him just eat… I weighed him last night at Pet Smart, He's 49 pounds, and just under a year old. I would gladly slow the transition down, But I just need to get him to calm down and eat something, to start a diet. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalmatina38 View Post
    Well, if he is having problems with his stomach I would suggest maybe going to a bland diet; cook up some rice and maybe shred some chicken and mix it with the rice. I am not sure about allergies but if he has been eating pedigree maybe the chicken part won't be a problem. the bland diet may be the answer to both problems: 1) it gives him something to entice him to eat, 2) it is a diet easy on his stomach if he is having stomach issues that are related to throwing up. I would probably give him the bland diet for a few days and then try to transition the better food a little at a time into the rice until I was back on the better food. Good luck.
    Thanks Dalmatina38, Rice and Chicken may do just the trick I need, start him eating again, transition his diet, plus get something in his stomach….

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    Default Re: New Home, Rocky's not eating…

    You've been given good advice to go with the bland diet to get him eating, then gradually add the Basic.

    Welcome to EBN, and good luck with Rocky's eating!

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    Default Re: New Home, Rocky's not eating…

    also , you could add canned Blue to entice or even some warm water to make a bit of gravy in the kibble
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    Default Re: New Home, Rocky's not eating…

    I'll try the simplest back, thanks so much for all the ideas, I definitely DON'T want him eating junk food, and the 5 second rule isn't a viable solution either. I keep reading some great foods, in food and diets post, very informative, I know years ago with my cocker, Pet Smart had all the different foods out on the floor for your pet to try, and selecting something they would eat was pretty simple. I remember visiting a pet smart in Milwaukee once, and there was a pet owner with 4 St Bernard puppies trying the different food, rather grazing, thought it was funny, as i'm sure it saved a heck of a grocery bill, however guessing thats why they stopped putting the food out and just offering a guarantee or your money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenRod View Post
    Hey Beckie, Thanks for your input, I've gotten a laugh out of Mickey D's, But I think i explained the problem vaguely, Let me start from the beginning.

    Rocky was re-homed, by me, Because his former Parent had health Issues, and was unable to care for him. This has been the first pet I've owned since I lost my elderly Cocker prior to 2005. Prior owner had him on a Pedigree diet, and I started out with Pedigree, Rocky wouldn't touch it, still won't. Pet Smart recommended trying a Grain Free Diet, Blue Basic, Sensitive diet, but start the transition slowly, and maybe he would start eating again. Rocky follows the humans around the house, looking to eat anything, The 5 second rule definitely applies to Rocky, But still won't touch his Pedigree food, which was the diet he was on prior to coming to live with me. The Blue Basic was a win/win, as Pet Smart stated, if he won't eat the Basic Blue, bring it back for a refund but in the meantime, he may start eating his diet again, and find that Blue Basic Sensitive diet would be much better for him than Pedigree, which seemed to me to start a better diet, and get him to eat something. My daughter was able to put a handful of it in her hand, and get him to eat it, and I was able to do the same thing, So since Sunday, he's had 2 handfuls of food, plus whatever he has scarfed up in the 5 second rule. In reality, I agree that his diet is important, and I want him on the healthiest food I can find in my area, but at this point, I'd rather him just eat… I weighed him last night at Pet Smart, He's 49 pounds, and just under a year old. I would gladly slow the transition down, But I just need to get him to calm down and eat something, to start a diet. :-)



    Sorry! I misunderstood! I thought he was used to pedigree and so wouldn't eat new food! Dohhhhhhh! Yes..the bland diet should help ...and if he eats by hand, that does another good thing for him. It helps him recognize you as his pack leader. It's often used on dogs with behavioral problems and territorial aggression. It can reassure him and get him to eat. You can do the bland diet and introduce the kibble by hand too. He's a lucky boy Dave...and you will find your path with him. Slow and steady....he will be "Golden"!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post


    Sorry! I misunderstood! I thought he was used to pedigree and so wouldn't eat new food! Dohhhhhhh! Yes..the bland diet should help ...and if he eats by hand, that does another good thing for him. It helps him recognize you as his pack leader. It's often used on dogs with behavioral problems and territorial aggression. It can reassure him and get him to eat. You can do the bland diet and introduce the kibble by hand too. He's a lucky boy Dave...and you will find your path with him. Slow and steady....he will be "Golden"!!!

    It probably wouldn't hurt picking up a book on English Bulldogs, like a 101 or something, as his former owner was explaining yeast infection in the folds of his face, and health issues, watch out for's etc… I was a bit overwhelmed I admit, When she said Rocky bullied her, I was confused…. Ahhhhhhh but now I get it, lol He's a mess, and I only want the best for him….. Thanks so much for your thoughts and help, and any information you and everyone else shares…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry View Post
    also , you could add canned Blue to entice or even some warm water to make a bit of gravy in the kibble
    tried the warm water over the pedigree, he leaped on it, slurped up the water/gravy, backed away from the bowl, and went and laid down just starring at me….. I'm like Really??? okay, time to take another step, Hmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenRod View Post
    tried the warm water over the pedigree, he leaped on it, slurped up the water/gravy, backed away from the bowl, and went and laid down just starring at me….. I'm like Really??? okay, time to take another step, Hmmmmm

    stinker didn't eat the kibble did he?
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