|Barked: Sun Jun 23, '13 7:43am PST |
I got a puppy on last Wednesday. His name is Tails. His age 3 or 4 months. The previous owners don't quite remember when he was born. His father is a Pomeranian and his mother is a mix of Pom and Shiatsu. I suppose mom's heritage is correct, she honestly looked a little big to be that mix, but that's what they said. I'm from Atlanta, but I'm in rural South Carolina visiting my parents. To make a long story short, I ended up taking the puppy because the owners were going to take him to the pound. It was my plan to get a Shiatsu pup from a neighbor who breeds them when she got a new litter, but I decided why not save this poor pup since we instantly fell in love him.
I grew up with dogs. We had several during my childhood, but we never had puppies. The last dog we had was an Irish Settler that we had for 10 years that passed when I was in college. Fast forward, I am in my forties and have not had a dog since. Ex-hub did not want one, so not only haven't I had a dog in a long time, but I know nothing about puppies.
Back to Tails. The owners were feeding him wet cat food. I have no idea why and it was some junk that was in a white packet with no brand name on it. Chicken and gravy and beef and gravy. They gave me the last two packets they had. I tried to use them to transition Tails onto IAMS dry puppy food, but there just wasn't enough of it and now he won't eat. I picked up some Natural Life Puppy Food (wet) and mixed it with some of the IAMs. No go. I got desperate last night and picked up some cat food (wet) and he ate more then he's eaten in days. I would like to feed him Wellness Puppy brand (I've determined that based on the research I've done and my budget), but I can't get it because it's not available where I am. I should be back in Atlanta in a week.
What should I do? Continue the cat food until I get back to Atlanta? Should I continue to mix it with the bit of Iams dry to try to get him off of it eventually? Discontinue the Iams completely since I'd prefer to feed him something else anyway? Or should I continue the Iams and plan to transition him to Wellness down the road? I want him to eat, but he's not a cat, so I feel bad about giving him food that's not made for him and mixing everything up.
He seems to be a very healthy puppy. He sleeps a lot, but he's fun and vigorous and loving. His stools are still solid even through the changes. I know I was not prepared to take him, but I just couldn't let them take him to the pound. The owner told me it was overcrowded and he surely would have been put to sleep, because they can't give away the puppies.
I'll get him to the vet as soon I return to Atlanta and my family is prepared to give him all the love we can, but this food thing is a mess. I'd appreciate suggestions.
Sorry to be so long. Thank you in advance.
Edited by author Sun Jun 23, '13 7:49am PST
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