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PostSubject: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:38 am

Okay so we switched back to TOTW about 3 months ago..

My dogs are annoyingly picky. We go through the largest bag of TOTW about every 2.5-3 weeks but we're having issues. Embry gets very sick of this food if we aren't rotating it so I rotate every time I buy a new bag but lately all three of them will have diarrhea for about 3 days right after the rotation. We never used to have this issue, I'm thinking that it's maybe because they're switching more often then usual? But if I don't switch it, Embry won't eat and he needs to. Last month he was down to 45lbs, he's finally back up to almost 55lbs again.

Does anyone else have issues with this? Opinions on what to do?

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:45 am

I would try either buying the new bag just before you run out so you can mix or adding in some pumpkin to prevent the runs. That's odd that it would cause upset when it hasn't in the past.. That's all the insight I have though Sad

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:03 am

Yeah I tend to agree with Kristina here.

If you're rotating the protein faster then normal, I would make the transition easier on them by mixing the proteins sooner.

Maybe buy your new bag at the half way or one quarter mark of the old bag and start mixing the two together until you finish the bag. Then rinse and repeat.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:22 pm

Thanks guys I'll try mixing the flavors Smile
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:26 pm

I second the pumpkin! Chili has the most sensitive stomach EVAR, good thing he loves the pumpkin! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:42 am

The process of changing and rotating foods has created this "picky" problem and you have nothing to show for it except an underweight dog. There is no reason to rotate or "mix" proteins that is all nonsense.

Try Dr. Tim's or RedPaw, which are designed to be extra palatable to tired working dogs. Stay with one food to avoid creating expectations of something new.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:06 pm

We rotate almost every bag with Appa and see no problems in his poops. As much as I get sick of TooManyHuskies pushing Dr. Tim's on here I tend to agree.

If Appa is being picky with food we won't rotate. It's only as long as he's eating normally do we rotate. Once the pickiness kicks in all treats stop and we stick with a food flavor until he realizes no amount of holding out will get him what he wants.
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:02 pm

While I agree, catering to a picky dog isn't good... I would choose to rotate flavors over the dog dropping 10lbs. Trying to prove my point isn't worth that. Just my thought,

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:28 pm

@TooManyHuskies wrote:
The process of changing and rotating foods has created this "picky" problem and you have nothing to show for it except an underweight dog. There is no reason to rotate or "mix" proteins that is all nonsense.


Whoa caught me a sleep here with a reasonable and logical post. I agree against the rotation of kibble to please the dog thus having a picky eater. I do rotate on occasion to make sure there isn't a lacking nutrient they might miss from eating the same product all the time.

Sort of like me and eating pizza all the time, I'll have plenty of lycopene in me but surely would be hurting for other nutrients.
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:41 pm

@TooManyHuskies wrote:
The process of changing and rotating foods has created this "picky" problem and you have nothing to show for it except an underweight dog. There is no reason to rotate or "mix" proteins that is all nonsense.

Try Dr. Tim's or RedPaw, which are designed to be extra palatable to tired working dogs. Stay with one food to avoid creating expectations of something new.


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I agree as well, but if Embry actually will starve himself to where heneilmlose 10lbs..l. Well...
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:08 pm

Well first off, Embry has had food issues since day one. He didn't loose weight due to being a picky eater, I switched him to THK and I don't know what happened, him and Zoey were both down a lot of weight. I then gradually switched to Fromm dog food, where all three dogs had horrible dirrhea and so then we switched back to TOTW. Almost every person I talk to that feeds TOTW rotates the 4 different flavors, and no one has ever said anything bad about it but whatever..
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:17 pm

From my experience with THK (aside from Zeal), Koda pooped so much and so often that it seemed like he never had adequate time to absorb any nutrition. I tried him on it back 3 years ago when he was scary skinny and it made him even thinner.

I don't think anyone is saying it's bad, rotating flavors is fine and a lot of people do it- people are just saying its not good to switch flavors to cater to him refusing his food (so letting him manipulate when you switch and what you feed). I also think only 2ish weeks on one flavor is just a little too soon. Most people I know switch every bag or two for one dog, so I wouldn't be switching the flavor for 2 or 3 bags with it being split between three dogs.
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:25 pm

We switched every bag when we were doing Acana. Was a 8-10 day rotation per bag. And we switched every time.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:49 pm

@Heather! wrote:
Today is a very special day for my favorite antagonizing troll.



Darn it Heather, with TooManyHitsToTheHead here, I guess that makes you every ones 2nd favorite antagonizer.



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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:08 pm

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@Heather! wrote:
Today is a very special day for my favorite antagonizing troll.



Darn it Heather, with TooManyHitsToTheHead here, I guess that makes you every ones 2nd favorite antagonizer.




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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:38 am

@TooManyHuskies wrote:
The process of changing and rotating foods has created this "picky" problem and you have nothing to show for it except an underweight dog. There is no reason to rotate or "mix" proteins that is all nonsense.

Stay with one food to avoid creating expectations of something new.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:11 am

Has Tori collapsed from shock?
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who feed TOTW and rotate flavors...   Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:23 am

Down right fainted, Tori did....

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