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Old 06-19-2011, 08:50 AM
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How do I get my dog to eat again?

I have a half boston terrier, half mini american eskimo who is 6 (20lbs). He has always been an avid eater - I put his bowl down and he devours it easily, in no time. However, about 1 or 2 weeks ago he's become fussy and either picks at it and lately will barely even touch it. (I give him kibble mixed with a bit of wet food.) I've switched to different brands thinking he didn't like what i was giving him, but nothing has worked. Interesting enough though, if I'm visiting anyone who has a cat, my dog will inhale the cat food! He is otherwise healthy, full of energy but I don't know what to do about the food! His love of cat food indicates to me that he still has an appetite....I guess one of my questions is, is it ok to feed a dog cat food? Has anyone experienced this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated )
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I would be concerned about a health issue. Loss of appetite with a dog that usually eats just fine is cause for concern. A check up at the vets might be a good idea. Make sure to ask for a Lyme's test to check for tick diseases (its called the 4 DX snap test) Some basic blood work (CBC and chemistries) would also be a good idea.

If you rule out health issues, then I'd go the route of simply putting his food down for 15 minutes, then picking it up. Put it down at the next meal time. He'll eat eventually, if he is healthy.
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I wouldn't recommend feeding a dog, cat food!
It's generally way too high in protein and fat.
Long term, I can see it possibly posing a lot of problems like gastrointestinal upset, obesity, pancreatitis, nutrient/vitamin deficiencies etc...
ASPCA | Feeding Dogs Cat Food

Also if you're switching between different brands, that might be upsetting his stomach as well. Did you do the switch gradually, over a span of a week or two, each time?

Was the cat food he inhaled, wet or dry?
When was the last time you checked out his mouth/teeth?
Has he had his teeth cleaned, recently?
Does he have bad breath, inflamed gums? If so, maybe a trip to the vet would be a good idea. Plus a thorough check-up could rule out other possible medical reasons as well.

You could always add a little boiled chicken or low sodium chicken broth to his kibble to make it more appealing and see if it entices him to eat. What kind of dry food are you feeding? Have you done any hand feeding or used his kibble as a reward for training? I have one dog who wont eat unless I make a game of it or hide her kibble in towels or blankets or make her chase it across the floor. Annoying, yes but it is literally the ONLY way to make sure she gets what she needs....she has me well trained

I wish you luck, getting to the bottom of it.

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If it is not a health issue you could also just try a food like blue buffalo basics fish and potato. Maybe your dog just prefers fish over other meats. Absolutely no on feeding cat food it is full of to much fat.
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I have a half boston terrier, half mini american eskimo who is 6 (20lbs). He has always been an avid eater - I put his bowl down and he devours it easily, in no time. However, about 1 or 2 weeks ago he's become fussy and either picks at it and lately will barely even touch it. (I give him kibble mixed with a bit of wet food.) I've switched to different brands thinking he didn't like what i was giving him, but nothing has worked. Interesting enough though, if I'm visiting anyone who has a cat, my dog will inhale the cat food! He is otherwise healthy, full of energy but I don't know what to do about the food! His love of cat food indicates to me that he still has an appetite....I guess one of my questions is, is it ok to feed a dog cat food? Has anyone experienced this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated )
Put the food out in the morning for a certain amount of time. Give him 15 minutes to eat and take it up. Do the same in the evening. He will eat if he gets hungry enough. It is obviously not health related because he is eating the cat food. No matter how hard we try, we can not go without food, water nor can we hold our urine or bowels very long. The body will override our mental stubbornness every time.
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When my dog wasn't eating for a few days.....my vet told me to go and buy a few jars of baby food. She said that if she ate the baby food....it was likely just her being fussy. Like the previous poster....your pup will eventually eat barring there isn't a health issue. I'd take your pup to the vet.
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I second the vet visit.
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Thank you all very much for the wonderful advice!!
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