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Old December 21st, 2006, 03:23 PM
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Dog Appetite

We've been slowly weening Sprocket off of Nutro onto Wellness dog food, because we have a good amount of Nutro left, we can take our time. It's been just over a week and everything is going fine, but today I noticed he's had basically no appetite. This morning he didn't really touch his food, this afternoon he ate 75% of it, but that was me coaxing a bit.

Is this a normal thing for puppies? I'm a bit worried that he may like the junkier stuff as opposed to the more healthy dog food....I hope not though. The past week he's had a pretty good appetite, so this has me worried a tidbit. I know he may not be feeling well, not like the food or it could be some other reason, but it would make me feel so much better if I knew this was a normal "puppy" thing.

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Old December 21st, 2006, 04:40 PM
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Yeah, not every dog loves wellness. He might like the Solid Gold Wolf Cub better.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 05:32 PM
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It isn't unusual for puppies to have a lower appetite for a few days. Both mine and my mom's pups had spells where they didn't eat that much for a few days and then went back to normal. I think it is a bit of a growing thing. Give it a few days and then see if he has a better appetite. If not consider switching like Prin suggested.

Also, consider if the Wellness is more dense than the Nutro and maybe he needs a little less food?
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Old December 21st, 2006, 05:38 PM
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Hunter was like this as well. He would get a day or a couple of days where he really didn't want to eat his food. I think he always wanted to hold out to see if he could get something better.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 05:49 PM
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Could he be teething? A lot of pups may be a bit off during those really sore days. I know Rosco had a few days here and there where he didn't care for the kibble. Strangely enough, it was when he was eating wellness..lol but also on the DVP Venison.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 06:02 PM
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Thank you for all the info. The little buggar is teething, I happened to be "digging" something out of his mouth yet again and noticed a big tooth in the back just barely poking through. I'm really relieved to know this is normal, I don't want to keep him on Nutro and am happy with Wellness. I thought I was being over protective of my young pup...lol
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