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Nickyarch 15-05-2016 09:17 PM

Millies but not too keen.....
 
Archie has been on Millies for about threes months now, he had countryside to start and Ive just changed to the obedience mix however he doesn't seem to be keen on either, he seems to reluctantly eat it (very un lab like) and looks as if he's eating it because he has to! When I feed him he looks down at his food and then at me as if to say cripes not this again!

Tonight he walked away from it altogether but was bothered about it being in his bowl because I think he was hungry so ate it eventually, he was sick earlier but don't think that has anything to do with it as this has been going on for a while now.

So I may have to change his food again but to what? The vet was really pushing Hills but think this is because they sell it but I'm stumped as to what to try him on now, I thought he would love Millies but it seems not to be the case.

I'm keen to keep him on a good quality food but can anyone suggest an alternative to Millies? Maybe he's a wet food dog??

Any suggestions?

Thanks

ttfan1978 15-05-2016 09:28 PM

Can I ask how much you're feeding him? Reason I ask is cola was off her food for a whole two days(wasn't sure if it was due to a new wormer) anyway I called Millies and was advised to change her to the adult feeding portion sizes. I wasn't keen as she was only 10-11 months old but I did so and she was absolutely fine. They had advised that I was actually feeding her too much so when i was putting her food down she wasn't hungry enough to eat it,they were spot on.

She has been on the adult portions since and absolutely fine and scoffs it all down :) she gets 140g twice daily. I occasionally add some warm water to it to make a heavy and she still loves her food :)

I wouldn't use hills as it is so poorly rated,our vet tried to push their cat food on us when we had our kitten spayed. Told them I was perfectly happy using Millies for both cat and dog.

Millies also do a wet food and they are launching both new dry and wet foods this year :)

Cola had also had a couple of sickness episodes but she was eating too much then.

Nickyarch 15-05-2016 10:26 PM

Hi

He has 380g over two meals a day, according to their feeding guide he should have 375g to 450g per day for his weight (33kg) so I'm not giving him as much as they suggest for his age range which is nearly 450g. He looked fed up with the countryside which is why I changed to obedience but he still looks bored with it.

He had his yearly vet check yesterday with his booster and I gave him half a drontal tablet today plus he ate lots of grass today so I think this is why he was sick.

He certainly dosent gobble his food down which makes me feel quite sad as I want him to enjoy his food - sounds silly really but it's not nice to think he is eating it because he's hungry but dosent enjoy it:)

Nickyarch 15-05-2016 10:29 PM

Sorry should have said that I've tried giving him his food with a little warm water to try and encourage him but that didn't have any effect either

ttfan1978 15-05-2016 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Nickyarch (Post 1829529)
Sorry should have said that I've tried giving him his food with a little warm water to try and encourage him but that didn't have any effect either

Before deciding to change it may be worth giving them a call as they may advise swapping him to the adult feeding portions starting at the lowest amount so see if that does the trick :)

As much as he is still a puppy he may just require less, it took me a while to get my head round that when they explained it all but Cola is doing well on her adult sizes. she is around 23 kg and gets the 280g (adult) a day but if on puppy portion would be about 350g which is just too much now.

ttfan1978 15-05-2016 10:40 PM

This is some advice they emailed me earlier this year when Cola was 10.5 months.

I have just had a look through your past emails, given the dogs age you need to reduce the feeding amount down to the adult feeding amount as it looks the dog's metabolism has slowed down (as expected for the age) as the dog can not process the volume of food it is being presented with it will be reluctant to eat it as she is still full from the previous meal.

The feeding amount for the dogs current weight should be around 280 grams per day, we normally suggest rotating between recipes every 3-4 months, if you plan to change more frequently than this you will make a fussy dog, stick with Ranger for now but feed slightly less.

I followed his advice and everything perfect after that :)

Nickyarch 15-05-2016 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by ttfan1978 (Post 1829537)
Before deciding to change it may be worth giving them a call as they may advise swapping him to the adult feeding portions starting at the lowest amount so see if that does the trick :)

As much as he is still a puppy he may just require less, it took me a while to get my head round that when they explained it all but Cola is doing well on her adult sizes. she is around 23 kg and gets the 280g (adult) a day but if on puppy portion would be about 350g which is just too much now.

Yes may give them a call and see what they say. Glad Cola is doing well thanks for your help :)

Luna-Tuck 15-05-2016 11:06 PM

Not fed that food but my girl back when she was about 10months ish would decide not to eat and I did some changes of food.
With hindsight she was getting fat. She'd reached her adult weight and was going past it and gaining too much. At the time I worried. She is now at 8 years old about 5/6kg lighter than she was back then.
Her food bag recommends she eats more than double what she does normally each day. She gets extras in kongs and treats but dog food packets in general do over-estimate what a dog needs I think. Don't fret too much.

It is a common reaction to jabs for a dog to feel off-colour... many vets say that jabs are absolutely fine and safe but some dogs fall very poorly because of jabs. Keep an eye on her. x

Kate600 16-05-2016 01:31 PM

He may just not like the taste? If so, I can recommend James Wellbeloved, its what my 15 month old is on and he seems to love it. Its pretty good quality and is easy to get hold of - PetsAtHome have it in stock as do all the normal places.

Coco-Loco 16-05-2016 02:07 PM

The recent heat might have put him off a bit or maybe his molars are coming through.


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