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Aussie not eating again

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My aussie was born last may. My breeder fed him a purina large breed puppy food. When he was about 3 months old, I switched him to Natural Balance Ultra Premium dog food. He seemed to do well with this food for a while. Last November, when he was 6 months old, we left him at his vet's kennel for a week while on vacation (eating their food). He came home sick with diarrhea that lasted about a month. We ran a bunch of tests on him, but the vet ended up recommending a hypoallergenic food (I think from Purina) for him because she could find nothing else wrong. He did okay on that for about 1.5 months. I decided to buy him Natural Balance Vegetarian food instead of the prescription food after that. He did okay on that for about a month but for a few days he wasn't that interested in eating. I started mixing the vegetarian and the ultra premium together about a week ago and he was very excited to eat. But yesterday and this morning, he turned up his nose at food.

How many meals can my dog skip before I should really start to worry about him. Am I doing okay with my decisions about his food. He's 10 months old now, is this an adolescence thing? Advice would be very much appreciated.

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I have had a healthy dog who was confused by changes in food, or was simply being picky go for nearly 3 days without eating. In fact, he grazing outside on grass and grasshoppers. I wasn't overly concerned about this specific dog, because he would still eat meat...

If the dog is not sick, one trick that I've used is ketchup ! I stir a tablespoon of ketchup in a cup of warm water, then I spoon a few tablespoons of the water over the food.

One thing to consider is different levels of rancidness. I feed my dog from a 20 lb bag of food, so the food is not as fresh when we get to the bottom as it was at the top.

In general, I believe that a healthy dog getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, would not normally skip one meal. Clearly there are exceptions, but my current dog is 8 years old and would gladly stuff his face 6 times a day if given the chance.

Finally, if he hasn't eaten any food after 48 hours, then you might call the Vet to get a telephone checklist. The Vet may say wait another day, or suggest bringing him in for checkup.

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