Need Tactful Suggestion Help - Puppy On Poor Diet
I need some helpful suggestions on how to tactfully tell a dear friend of mine that she is feeding her puppy crap food & he clearly is not thriving on it. Or should I just keep biting my tongue?
We clearly have huge differences in what we will do for our dogs and horses when it comes to nutrition and other health care issues. She claims I am an over indulgent owner (who feeds Orijen to my dogs & pop rocks to my horse and believes in chiropractic adjustments with proper saddle fit). She feeds her dog "swill" (in her words) Purina Puppy Chow and has a major ulcer symptomatic horse with huge white hair patches on either side of his withers. "I love my saddle, he'll deal with it." Not only is this person my best friend of many years, but we are also room mates post divorce and spousal death.
I bite my tongue regarding her horses. I have made suggestions and get told "I'll take it under advisement." I am having a really hard time biting my tongue when it comes to the Boxer puppy. He HATES the puppy chow, especially since he smells the food that I feed my dogs. They eat in separate rooms, but he can still smell it. He is boney and a poor eater but will come tearing into my room to lick my dogs dishes like he is starving. I have made a few very tactful comments about "maybe trying another food that he will eat more readily" and she says,"He'll eat if he's hungry enough." Yeah, he'll eat, but he's certainly NOT thriving or growing well. Coat feels dry and stiff, not sleek and slick.
I feel like whatever I say will fall on deaf ears, but it is SO hard to watch him refuse that crap, when I know he will do well on a food that is better for him and more palatable. She knows I do extensive research on any food or supplement I have my animals on, so I'm not just talking out my butt when I cite nutritional info, etc. and I'm certainly not trying to be a know it all.
Or should I just keep my mouth shut?