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Persia doesn’t like her food

Persia is 5.5 months old and 41 pounds . For the past two weeks she hasn’t been eating her food like usual . I feed her blue buffalo puppy food. What food should I switch to that she would like?
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Every dog is a little different when it comes to what food they like, but a lot of us have had luck with Purina Pro Plan (Focus? They keep changing names) Sensitive Skin and Stomach, salmon and rice formula.

But first, just a few things for a check-up…

Is she thin (backbone and hip bones showing)? Lanky and chubby come and go with a young growing puppy, and it is better that they are just a touch on the light side rather than overweight, but she shouldn't be absolutely bony. Maybe posting a picture or two here could help us judge if she is eating as much as she needs to eat.

41 pounds might be a little light, or may be just right, for her height and build. You can't make them grow bigger by feeding more—she will grow to whatever size she is meant to be.

How much are you feeding her and how often? If you are feeding 3 times a day still, she may just be backing off on how many times she needs to eat a day.

Are you seeing any signs of digestive troubles—vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools, a lot of gas? Could she have eaten, or be continuing to eat, something which could be upsetting her tummy or that has even given her a partial or intermittent blockage? A blockage would be highly unlikely without you seeing some overt symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, but if she's doing some low-grade grass eating or some such other thing, her system might be upset enough that she just doesn't have much appetite.

Are you free feeding her? It is best to leave her food down at feeding times for just 15 minutes or so and then pick it up even if she hasn't eaten it all. Don't feed her in between feeding times (except for training treats), and don't add extras to her dish to "make her eat more." She may get picky and start to game the system—holding out for the good stuff. If you are doing a lot of training with treats, remember those are calories too. Take those extra calories into account when you try to figure out how much she is eating.

Just a few things to consider….

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Oh, and if you do decide to switch dog foods, do it slowly. Take a couple of weeks to change over, adding a little more of the new and less of the old each day.
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She is actually not super skinny in the frame for her height. I will try to slowly switch to Purina because I am starting to see that is popular option for a lot of you. Her stool has been normal, and I am guilty of adding things to her food so imma stop doing that and just slowly change her food. When I figure out how to add a picture I will definitely so you guys can see her lol
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The easiest way to post a picture here is to use an online photo host like Flickr or Imgur—we have a tutorial explaining how to use Flickr:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/new-mem...ng-flickr.html

There are a few things some people supplement their dog's food with to supply a few missing or extra nutrients (maybe someone will chime in with advice about that), but you shouldn't be adding things (doggie junk food, you know?) just to try to make her food extra tasty so she'll eat more.

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As puppies go through growth spurts their metabolism fluctuates. I wouldn't be terribly concerned if her conditioning seems good. Her weight sounds right on track for her age to me as well. My guess is she will regain her appetite soon whether you decide to change her food or not. However it never hurts to take her into the vet either.
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Thank you and yes I’m switching her food to purina pro plan like recommended tomorrow!
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