Boss*sMom wrote:I do have one question, going by the BB guide he was supposed to eat 4 cups a day, the guide on PurinaONE says 2-1/2 cups at the most... Is that enough? It doesnt seem like it to me?
rgyoung777 wrote:Boss*sMom wrote:I do have one question, going by the BB guide he was supposed to eat 4 cups a day, the guide on PurinaONE says 2-1/2 cups at the most... Is that enough? It doesnt seem like it to me?
Instead of relying on the rather unreliable feeding guidelines on the bag of any food, go by the food's caloric content. Looking at the kcals per cup of each food will help you determine how one food compares to another. If you were feeding a serving of Simply Nourish (that was what he was eating before you tried the BB, right?) that had "x" calories, all you need to do is figure out what the caloric equivalent of the Purina One (or whichever food you end up going with) would be and feed him that amount. Also, regardless of what the guidelines on the bags may claim, the best gauge of whether your boy is getting enough food (or too much/too little) is going to be your boy himself. If he's getting fat, decrease the food slightly. If he starts to look too ribby, increase it. From poking around online, it looks like both the BB puppy formula and the Simply Nourish puppy formula both have more kcals/cup than the PurinaOne puppy formula, but since you've got both bags in front of you, it'd be simple for you to check that. That means you'll need to feed more of the Purina to match the kcals he was getting from eating a denser, richer food.
Also, if the bag of BB he's refusing to eat was something you just recently purchased, I'd take the open bag back to the store where you purchased it, tell an employee that he's refusing to eat it (and that your other dogs avoided it as well), and ask them if there's anything they can do for you. Some places will allow you to do an exchange or may even give you a refund.
Finally, In the long run, when you're eventually able to figure out what ingredients he's intolerant of, if you decide that you'd like to feed something higher quality (that will end up going further than the Purina due to greater caloric density), you can always order his food online and have it shipped to you--that way you're not limited to the food that is available within driving distance. It also might be possible to contact a few companies via phone or e-mail and ask them for samples of their food so that you can see if he'll eat it before you invest in a big bag of anything.
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