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Old 09-10-2018, 12:23 AM
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Dog won't eat but is picky not sick

My dog is very picky and drives me nuts sometimes. He has to take his thyroid medication twice a day and it should be twelve hours apart. So I already do the hold his mouth open thing in the mornings and make him swallow the two pills which I hate doing. I'm always afraid I'm hurting his jaw. He's very good for it although will sometimes pretend to swallow and hide and spit out pills later.
So his nighttime pills go in his canned and dry food mix. Then he also gets his probiotics and pill and a half for separation anxiety as well as the two thyroid pills.
Problem is some nights like tonight it will literally take me four and a half hours to get him to eat his dinner. I'll remind him nicely to eat his dinner with lots of praise, I'll stay there with him to keep him company, I'll give him some yogurt with it, I'll leave him alone, I'll let the cat eat a bite to get him competitive, I'll take it away and give it back, I'll out bites of cheese, roast beef or steak in it, he'll eat those and leave the rest!, I'll order him in a harsher voice, I'll spoon-feed him a few bites, everything.
But when he doesn't eat til 1230 and I have to leave for work at 730 at the latest, I'm not supposed to give him the thyroid doses see en hours apart but skipping doses isn't great either. I've noticed he's crankier and much more likely to get into scuffles with other dogs if he's missed a dose. I can't pop home at lunch either my work is an hour away.
The reason I think he's spoiled and not sick is days he goes to doggy daycare he scarfs down three cups of the exact same dry food no can. And he's always starving for treats and people food like cheesburoor steak or bacon. And he never vomits or has diarrhea if I make him eat, occasionally does have hiccups or burp.
When I was trying to get him on special diets for ibd and food allergies, he would go five days not eating a single thing if he didn't like one so I know he can be stubborn.
Anyone else have an extremely picky eater? How do you deal with them? I work two jobs and can't spend hours every day feeding him.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:40 PM
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I have just started my older sweet chihuahua doggie, Sparky, on a regimen of turmeric golden paste, milk thistle and yogurt that I make for him. It has a very strong smell and a strong taste as well, so I was experimenting on ways to get him to eat the stuff twice daily. He can be a somewhat picky eater at times as well.

And I personally will never force feed meds to my dogs unless as a last resort. I always have found ways to get even the sneakiest dogs to take their meds in a happy treat oriented way-- without buying any expensive pill pockets or such.

But this is all new with the strong smelling turmeric. But what works for me is to take some juice from a steak, or hamburger, etc and heat it up briefly in the microwave and then pour a bit over the kibble. Works like a charm, because it smells yummy, and is warm so enhances flavor, and best of all---if you stir it into their food, they can't pick it out!!

I always save the steak/meat juice and put it in a measuring cup for easy pouring and storing in the fridge. Makes it quick and easy to make their meds/meals combo. Grab cup, microwave for a few moments, then pour over food.

Also we always buy skinless chicken breasts to cook and cube up for affordable, healthy training snacks. If you boil the chicken and add water, then you can make chicken soup or broth, then pour that over the doggie's kibble and meds mixture. Works great!!

Another tip for convenience is to buy some ice cube trays and freeze the chicken broth/soup in them. Then put the cubes in a ziploc freezer bag. Take out a cube and microwave it to put on their meds/ meals!

And sometimes I add in a small toss of shredded cheese as a topper for Sparky in addition to the mixed in broth or whatever.

Also Gracie despises her flavored heartworm pill, and would spit it out. So now we take a generous piece of yummy cheese and press the pill inside the cheese completely covering the pill. That works. And then immediately I give her another "chaser" of cheese to make sure it is all good.

Smell is super important to dogs, so if you can make the stuff super smelly (like warm meat juice) they will be more prone to gobble down your meds/food mix.

Hope this helps--- I know how frustrating it can be when they refuse to eat and ya gotta go to work...grrrr.
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:55 AM
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I can understand your situation. Even my ESA sometimes behave like this but he's not having health issues so this behavior is acceptable here but not i your case. I think start giving him the food he likes and try to give pills with his food. Try different foods items for his lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:33 AM
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Don't put the mess in his food but wrap them in a piece of cheese or something tasty. Teach him to catch the treat - they catch and swallow without realising a pill is there.
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I was wondering if any of the meds come in a liquid form aswel, then you could just squirt a bit in. Much easier, my vet asks me if my dog will swallow meds or do I want the liquid equivelent. I put a bit of melted honey in with the very bitter tasting liquid one & she happily drinks it down. A syringe or dropper is easier than a spoon & less messy, slip it under the lip & squirt into the side of the mouth, not the front. Also if thats an option hopefully your dog wont be sus of the food.
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Thanks for all the replies, whenever I cook any meat I give him the gravy from the cooking in his meals. It definitely helps. He gets his thyroid pills twice a day so in the morning I do just put the pills in his mouth and he swallows, he's actually very good about taking pills manually I just hate doing it. And he gets more pills at night, the two thyroid pills, the pill and a half for separation anxiety and the largest pill for his probiotic. That's a lot to swallow!

He's been better about eating his meals, I just have to tell him to and usually have to stand there with him while he eats. Not always though. Lots and lots of praise seems to work best with him for most things but not everything.

I've been at my new job for almost five months now so I'm away from home five days a week for ten hours a day at least. A couple of days a week he goes to doggy daycare and I'm away more like twelve or more hours.

Before that I was lucky enough to get to work from home for a year and a half and I know he still hates me being away so much. So do my cats. They're all very clingy whenever I'm home and follow me everywhere and literally fight over who is closest to me all the time. So maybe his appetite was off from stress or he was trying to tell me he was upset.
I feel like the pied Piper whenever I'm home with my little string of three animals following me everywhere I go. I can't even take a shower alone lol.
He's talented, when I put a pill in a piece of cheese or cold cuts, he spits it out, picks out the pill and ears the treat. Then he won't catch anything I toss him. My last dog did the same thing.
He's technically sort of allergic to chicken. He gets diarrhea from chicken dog food or fried chicken like chicken nuggets or any restaurant cooked chicken. If I grill plain chicken on a George Foreman grill and cook it for myself with salt and pepper, he can have a few bites and the sauce from the grill without any problems. So I only give him small pieces of limited chicken.
He's fine with steak and salmon. He has ibd and food allergies so he could have stomach issues when he gets stressed. Any changes in diet give him diarrhea. Regular heartguard gives vomiting or diarrhea, the vet gave me a different heartworm monthly medication that he tolerates much better.
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Like I said it's not really a change. And he's always starving for treats or human food like steak or cheese.

He's had lots of medical testing done, that's how I know about the ibd, food allergies and hypothyroidism. If he has diarrhea and isn't eating or any vomiting, that's different.

We've gone through many kinds of vet recommended restricted select dry and canned foods. The dry foods he'll wolf down for a day or two, then won't touch, or just won't eat at all. He won't eat any canned food unless it's in gravy. The vet said it's better to eat what he wants then to let him starve for four or five days. He will literally go four or five days without one bite of food rather than eat the special diet stuff.
I found a select dry food that his doggy daycare gives him that he eats happily there and gave up and went back to his Alpo cans with gravy. He's still picky at home but like I said is better recently. He's probably upset at my schedule and that I'm home a lot less. He's pretty sensitive.
Then again he's also a little overweight and has gained a pound or two and should be losing not gaining so he's hardly starving lol.
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Consider dog food with chicken liver

I had a 15YO dog that abruptly became picky with food. I tried dozens of dog foods. If she liked it she ate it a day or two. One day all she would eat was hot dogs, the next day just sliced ham, or chicken breast. Finally, I tried I/D Low Fat in the can with chicken livers. She never was picky again for the remainder of her life.
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Not sure if this would help, but when my dog was still on kibble (I feed raw now), he got pretty picky and would just leave his food most of time, and come back throughout the day to nibble on it. Which wasn’t good because then my cat would try to eat it, and then my cat wouldn’t want to eat her food because she was already full from the dog food. Anyway, what I did was always fed him out of a Kong or treat ball. For some reason, because it was now a game, he had to eat all of his kibble.
Just an idea, not sure if it will help your dog...
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