Picky eating?

rocco24

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Hi everyone! I’ve been having a problem recently with Rocco not really wanting to eat his food. As a puppy the breeder fed him Victor dog food which I then transitioned him to Fromm puppy food after finding you guys! He did fine on that one and I kept it for awhile but his tear stains and paw licking got pretty bad that I tried to switch him to the Fromm white trout recipe. I slowly transitioned him to the Fromm white trout to see if that would help and it made him throw up so I stopped giving it to him. I tried doing cooked food of turkey, rice and vegetables and for 2 weeks and that also made him throw up twice like white foam so I think I wasn’t doing the proper measurements. Sorry to make this a long story but I decided to put him back on kibble and am trying the Blackwood white trout recipe but he just does not seem interested. I’m not sure if it’s maybe the fish he doesn’t like but I’m struggling to find something that’ll work. Any tips will help!
 

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Have you gone to the vet to do a fecal sample to check for parasites?
Maybe he has a really sensitive stomach and carbs or fat make him sick or he eats too fast.

Try Zignature limited ingredient or Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Raw. Seafood flavor is always a good choice due to the omega. Paw licking and tear stains, seems starches and carbs(even veggies high in carbs) really promotes yeast in bullies. Zignature does have some carb veggies though. I transitioned my dog from Zignature to VE over like a 4 week period because she has a very sensitive stomach. Maybe fast him for a day to rest his stomach. Feeding a bully is all about trial and error :)
*also my dog is allergic to soo many things but they did not arise until she turned 2 years old. We put her on an elimination diet to figure out what she was allergic to because I was not confident in the vet allergy tests.
 
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Have you gone to the vet to do a fecal sample to check for parasites?
Maybe he has a really sensitive stomach and carbs or fat make him sick or he eats too fast.

Try Zignature limited ingredient or Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Raw. Seafood flavor is always a good choice due to the omega. Paw licking and tear stains, seems starches and carbs(even veggies high in carbs) really promotes yeast in bullies. Zignature does have some carb veggies though. I transitioned my dog from Zignature to VE over like a 4 week period because she has a very sensitive stomach. Maybe fast him for a day to rest his stomach. Feeding a bully is all about trial and error :)
*also my dog is allergic to soo many things but they did not arise until she turned 2 years old. We put her on an elimination diet to figure out what she was allergic to because I was not confident in the vet allergy tests.
Thank you! I’ll definitely check those out. I haven’t taken him to get a fecal recently I didn’t think of that but I will call his vet tomorrow!
 

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Thank you! I’ll definitely check those out. I haven’t taken him to get a fecal recently I didn’t think of that but I will call his vet tomorrow!
Agree.. try Zingnature limited ingredient…. start with Duck, it seems to be the least allergen.
 

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Was there any food in the "white foam"? Does he snore?
 
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This could be a soft palate issue. I'd have him evaluated for enlarged soft palate at next Vet visit. Your Vet should be of the "Seasoned Bulldog Vet" type.
I’ll have to see if I can find one in vegas! I don’t believe his regular vet is. Would that have something to do with his eating habits?
 

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Agree.. try Zingnature limited ingredient…. start with Duck, it seems to be the least allergen.
We feed our allergic-to-everything EB's Zignature Kangaroo and it has been fantastic.

One of ours is incredibly picky about what she eats (and the other one is fat and always wants more food). Years ago our vet recommended putting chopped-up broccoli in with their food and it solved both problems.

It smells 'interesting' enough for the picky eater. And the 'slightly-cubby' one thinks he's getting extra food.

But as others have said.. its worth getting those other things checked out to be safe.
 

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I’ve been struggling with my dog also he was on royal canin from the breeder and then I switched him to Fromm which made his allergies flare up and thenI tried every zignature and it made him get consistent ear infections and allergy flares, I finally just gave up and did the allergy test for him and they gave him a prescription for royal canin 🙄 now he’s on square pet hydrolyzed protein dog food and he’s been doing great but he’s bored already and he’s allergic to so much stuff so we had to get a prescription for just for dogs skin and digestion and I’ve been mixing that in with Greek yogurt, it’s a hit or miss when he eats it he will only eat it all if we go for a walk before each feeding 🤣
 

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Raw diet…Guarantee fur ball won’t be picky.

If going with kibbles simply add raw organs as a topper.
 
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We feed our allergic-to-everything EB's Zignature Kangaroo and it has been fantastic.

One of ours is incredibly picky about what she eats (and the other one is fat and always wants more food). Years ago our vet recommended putting chopped-up broccoli in with their food and it solved both problems.

It smells 'interesting' enough for the picky eater. And the 'slightly-cubby' one thinks he's getting extra food.

But as others have said.. its worth getting those other things checked out to be safe.
I just bought the Zignature Turkey since he’s never had that protein before so we’ll see how this one works out!
 

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I’ll have to see if I can find one in vegas! I don’t believe his regular vet is. Would that have something to do with his eating habits?
Unlikely...the throwing up and the "foodless foam" and the snoring all point to a palate problem. The not wanting to eat a particular food brand or flavor has everything to do with what tastes best, IMO. The food that you offer should eventually be eaten. Any dog will get hungry enough to eat what you provide...you simply have to wait them out. These guys can be food snobs and a bit manipulative. Do not give in or your Bulldog will eventually be eating chateaubriand and white asparagus.
 
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Unlikely...the throwing up and the "foodless foam" and the snoring all point to a palate problem. The not wanting to eat a particular food brand or flavor has everything to do with what tastes best, IMO. The food that you offer should eventually be eaten. Any dog will get hungry enough to eat what you provide...you simply have to wait them out. These guys can be food snobs and a bit manipulative. Do not give in or your Bulldog will eventually be eating chateaubriand and white asparagus.
I think that’s the problem I’m having! I’ve offered a million options and now he’s on the Zignature turkey and he will sniff it and walk away but will eventually eat it. So I wasn’t sure if something was wrong or if he just doesn’t want what I’m giving him.
 

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