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Old 08-05-2018, 05:16 PM
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Change in eating habits & behavior (REPOST)

I’m reposting this since I haven’t gotten any responses.

Hi friends! I haven’t been on here in a while, but I wanted to check in. Oreo has been doing great & has adjusted well. We’ve had him for a year now. Just recently we’ve noticed a change in him, though. Oreo has been on the same food (Blue Basics turkey & potato) since before we got him, but about a month ago he started turning his nose up at it. It wasn’t a new bag, but just to be on the safe side we thought, let’s not use it incase we got a bad batch. Since Oreo was due for a check up anyway, we brought this up to the vet who thought, maybe he had a slight stomach upset or he may have ingested something funky, although we noticed no vomiting (only slightly loose stool that at one time looked mustard yellow). The vet ran a blood test & we dropped off a stool sample. Everything came back normal. To help rule things out, I boiled Oreo some chicken & brown rice which he gobbled up with no problem. After about 3 days of this, we reintroduced his food (a new bag) to which he wouldn’t eat once again. We called the vet who suggested we try a different food (Science Diet). On the first day, Oreo gobbled up all of his new dry food like it was a treat. (Mind you, I wouldn’t normally introduce a whole new food without weaning my dog off his old food first, but he wasn’t eating. Also, he’s never presented with any allergy symptoms, so we decided to try it.) The next day, however, it was back to Oreo turning his nose up at his food. I returned to the pet store & decided to buy a few cans of Science Diet wet food to mix in with his dry food. So far so good. Oreo is back to eating again. Hmm.... Do we have a case of a picky dog? And why this sudden change in appetite? A few side notes: We rarely give Oreo table food, he will gladly eat treats, & on occasion he’ll eat certain veggies & fruit (although lately he’s been fussy about bananas). It’s so strange. Despite this, Oreo is acting fine. Now onto the other issue. Sorry for the long post. Oreo sleeps in his crate at night. Originally we allowed him to sleep with us, but he was waking up at night peeing & pooping, so that was the end of that. And yes, he is house trained. We take Oreo out at night, about 9, & soon after that, my husband is the first to go up to bed. Oreo immediately follows him upstairs & wants to sleep in our bed. My husband has to close our bedroom door or otherwise Oreo will make himself at home on our bed. Since he can’t access our room, he instead will curl up outside our bedroom door on the hallway floor. Then when the kids & I go up to bed, Oreo will refuse to move unless he is coaxed downstairs with a treat. Bad, I know. I don’t want him to get into the habit of thinking...ha ha...I don’t have to get up because I’ll get a treat. So now what we’ve been doing is walking him downstairs on a leash & into his crate where he’ll moan for the first few mins & then finally fall asleep. I think we have a case of a spoiled doggie, & I’m wondering if these 2 issues could be related since they started around the same time. Any suggestions on how we can break Oreo of these behaviors?
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My dog will go on steeks where he does not eat as well but always has. At first tried switching food a few times and got the same result. As you said eats it all up like it was a treat and didn't want eat it the next day. My thought as I read your post where you wrote about bringing him down stairs to put him in his kennel was but is his family is upstairs. I would say a dog who is use to being close to the family and is now down stairs would be a big change. I sure understand using the kennel. I have my pups kennel trained but the kennel is in our bedroom. When we get ready to go to bed they run to their kennel but even in their kennel they are close. Would not have it any other way.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:51 AM
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Brnewman, thanks for your reply. I like your idea of moving the crate to our bedroom. Although we don’t have much space, we’ll somehow make it work. Right now the crate is in our living room. When we go out, Oreo knows to go in there. We’re moving our bedroom downstairs so our kids can have their own rooms upstairs, so I think when that happens it’ll make things easier not having to go up & down stairs each time we go out.
As for the food situation, Oreo seems to really like the wet food. What he’ll do now is pick out the dry food to get to the wet food, but if he’s hungry enough he’ll eventually eat the whole thing. I personally don’t like the wet food because 1. Oreo puts his entire face into it & makes a mess, getting it stuck in his face hair & beard...lol. 2. It stinks & I’m always scrubbing his face, which is not his favorite thing in the world. 3. I’ve heard it’s not as good for a dog’s teeth as the dry food. When we first noticed Oreo picking at his food (which he never did before...ever), we thought he was sick, had an ear infection, or possibly his teeth were bothering him. However, the vet checked him over, ran a few tests, & said he looks healthy. In any case, we’ll keep plugging away & hope for the best.
One question: Do you think it’s better to just offer the dry food as before & when Oreo is hungry he’ll eat, or is it better to do what we’re doing & add the wet food to his diet? We did cut down on the quantity of dry food he’s getting since we’ve been adding the wet food to it because we don’t want him to gain too much weight. He did gain a few pounds since we got him, but he’s certainly not overweight. Just something we’re mindful of.
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I would maybe consider looking into other dry foods. I also have a picky dog and started using some mix in stuff (some liquids, freeze dryed mix ins, and her favorite a dusting of grated Parmesan cheese) to coax her to eat. Also I've heard warm water will release some smells and may convince them to eat. I am always weary of introducing wet because it can be so bad for the teeth.
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Thank you, jclark. I will definitely try your suggestions.
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You could try some yogurt in his food. It's good for them too. Maybe look for a better quality food as well?
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Just gave Oreo his first feeding & took jclark’s advice. Dry food with a little bit of warm water & a dusting of grated cheese. He sniffed it at first, then ate the whole thing. Yea!
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Frankl27, I appreciate your advice as well. I’ve heard yogurt is good for dogs. Something to try to change things up a bit since my dog seems to get bored with the same thing after a while. Plain yogurt, I assume? As for the food brand, Oreo has always been on Blue Buffalo (Basics) turkey & potato. We just recently switched him to Science Diet which was recommended by our vet. It’s confusing because there’s so much conflicting info out there, it’s hard to know what’s the right thing to do.
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I give my dog small amounts of blueberry, strawberry and vanilla yogurt. I looked them all up, brand, ingredients, all were fine. Those berries are good for dogs and I give small amount to.
Shelters here mix wet and dry food for the dogs. So do I, they like it better. I just do it for dinner and he eats a cup or two straight dry food during the day. Did that with my last dog for almost twelve years and he never had any teeth issues, they were healthy and shiny to the very end. So wet food won't hurt their teeth if they eat a good diet overall and I give dental chews. It's more genetic. I've had lots of cats and fed them all the same food, some never had dental issues their whole lives and some had problems and extractions at age ten or younger. Genetics. All had same
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Good to know, Shadowmom. I brush Oreo’s teeth (or at least try), but it’s no easy task since he likes to bite the brush. Lol
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