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Old 12-20-2017, 07:13 AM
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Hello, I am looking for some advice relating to my picky eater. I have a 2 year old plott hound/lab mix who is a VERY picky eater. I adopted her 2 months ago and she has been this way since I adopted her. She is currently on Wellness CORE mixed with Sojos turkey recipe. She used to LOVE Sojos but now she wont even look at it. She is very active but I am worried about her losing weight. I have tried everything to try and get her to eat but she is totally disinterested in eating. She has been to the vet and they ruled out any illness causing this so it is just her not being excited about food. Any and all advice would be appreciated!

Should I switch her kibble to a higher calorie food so when she is eating she is getting more calories?

Is there a supplement/oil I could top her kibble with that adds calories?
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Try putting her food down for 15 minutes or so. Long enough to give her time to eat. If it's not eaten, take it up and offer again at the next meal. I have one who is picky also, and when everyone else is done eating and it's time to clean up, I take hers up as well and offer it again at the next meal. Some dogs are just really picky, and it takes some tough love. I personally don't believe in "sugar coating" anything to get them to eat. A healthy dog will never let themselves starve. You offer the food, and it's up to her to decide if she wants to eat or not.
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Try putting her food down for 15 minutes or so. Long enough to give her time to eat. If it's not eaten, take it up and offer again at the next meal. I have one who is picky also, and when everyone else is done eating and it's time to clean up, I take hers up as well and offer it again at the next meal. Some dogs are just really picky, and it takes some tough love. I personally don't believe in "sugar coating" anything to get them to eat. A healthy dog will never let themselves starve. You offer the food, and it's up to her to decide if she wants to eat or not.

Thanks for the input! I have tried that method, however whenever I do that she won't eat for the entire day--the only chance I have for her eating, is if I leave it out--even when I do that she only takes a few bites.
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Thanks for the input! I have tried that method, however whenever I do that she won't eat for the entire day--the only chance I have for her eating, is if I leave it out--even when I do that she only takes a few bites.

You need to give the method 3 days to work, and you cannot offer her anything but her kibble while doing it. Don't worry she won't starve to death. If she's not eating after 3 days then it's time for the vet because something medical is most likely going on.

The other thing you can do is let her graze, that's how some dogs prefer to eat. Starting tomorrow I'd advise weighing her so you have a base weight, you can do that today if you like. Then MEASURE her food into the bowl so you know exactly how much she's getting. At the end of the day measure what's left. Keep measuring the food each day and do so for a week. By the end of the week you'll know how much she's actually eating. At the end of the week re-weigh her and see if she's maintaining her weight. If she is then don't worry about her hunger strikes. She's getting enough calories to stay healthy. If she's dropping weight and she was in good condition to start with (not to fat, but not to thin) then you might want to get a second opinion from a different vet.

Some dogs can maintain their weight on a surprisingly small amount of food. My own dog is one of them. If I feed him the amount recommended on the bag he gets fat, I have to feed him less.
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I have had my fair share of picky eaters and never had any luck with the put food down 15 minutes and pick it up. My old Sheltie once went 9 days without eating (6 of those at the vet), with absolutely nothing wrong with him, he just hated his food. I know it is heartbreaking when your dog doesn't want to eat.

My advice is to feed a dry kibble that comes with different protein options. I was feeding Nulo, but have recently transition to Taste of the Wild. Then I add canned food to it. My favorite is the Weruva dog foods. They basically are real chicken or beef in broth. They have about 10 flavors that I alternate with. I find all of my picky eaters were happiest with food changes. You will need to gradually transition between kibble protein options and canned food options, but it seems to keep them happier. I typically would change the kibble formula ever 4 weeks and the canned foods once a week. I know this seems extreme but it was the only thing that kept my pickiest of eater happy and eating. Please check with your vet about feeding options, this is just what our vet suggested and it worked.

Also has your vet checked for acid reflux. One of the signs for that can be not wanting to eat as well as vomiting when their stomachs are empty, a mucusy-looking substance. My Aussie has had bouts with this occasionally and we actually feed her 4 meals a day to keep her stomach happy.

Another suggestion on getting picky eaters to eat is using some of the topper style food additives. My dogs favorite is the Stella and Chewy's Chicken Meal Mixers.

Best of luck and I hope your pup starts eating soon.
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Thanks for the input! I have tried that method, however whenever I do that she won't eat for the entire day--the only chance I have for her eating, is if I leave it out--even when I do that she only takes a few bites.
That's the point. Don't leave any out free choice. That creates pickiness. If she doesn't eat one day, by her choice it's fine. She will eat when she's hungry. She's playing you otherwise. I have one who regularly goes two days without eating, by her choice.
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Ours just gets tired of the same food day after day, and will become very picky. We feed her fresh prepared food, prepared by a kitchen that specializes in dog food, so we change from beef based, to turkey based, to lamb based, to venison based, weekly. All are lightly cooked, contain only food that is USDA certified for human consumption, and have fruit, vegetables and organ meat added. She has been on this for over a year and a half and is thriving. Vet was so interested in her improved physical condition, and coat, that he documented everything we fed her for a month.
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Thank you everyone for the advice!
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she won't eat for the entire day--

the only chance I have for her eating, is if I leave it out--even when I do that she only takes a few bites.
Your dog is training you. Its supposed to be tother way around.

a healthy dog will not starve. so what if the dog doesnt eat for a day? You think wild dogs/wolves eat every day?

My adult dogs do not eat on fridays. As we track on Saturdays and i want them really hungry!

put whatever food YOU CHOOSE down for 10 mins. then pick it up. Wait til next feed time, rinse repeat method works!

Try to be cruel to be kind. I know its hard.

Do you have a friend with a dog? Try 2 dog method. At meal time, feed both dogs, 12 foot apart. Sometimes a little competition, speeds the learning up fast.
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My dog has ibd and food allergies. He hates all the prescription novel protein diets. He will happily scarf down a can of Alpo and a couple of cups of Beneful or his old Science Diet in under ten minutes but that gives him diarrhea. He's on daily meds for diarrhea, nausea and probiotics. Some of the prescription food he went five entire days without eating a single bite when I tried to outstubborn him. The vet said not to let him do that because that creates more acid in his stomach and makes him feel sick from heartburn.
Cats go into liver failure and die if they go three days without eating.
So I found two types of restricted food he'll and vary the flavors on the cans. He never eats it in ten minutes but will eat one to three cups a day of dry food and a large can daily, depending on how much he exercises. When he's hungry or right before we leave he goes and cleans up his bowl on his own. Sometimes he eats when I'm asleep or busy so I wouldn't not leave the food out for when he does want it.
He turns his bowl upside down when it's empty, sometimes brings it to me and if I don't put more in he goes and eats the cat food. Will jump the baby gate if necessary.
It's healthier for acid reflux to graze and eat small bits throughout the day than to eat a big meal or two less often.
To get him to finish the can so it doesn't go bad sitting out all day I have to remind him to eat, command him to eat, sometimes sit with him until he finishes the canned part. Sometimes I think he wants the extra attention.
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