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Old 11-20-2009, 12:04 AM   #11
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You need to know your dog. If a dog that normally has a good appetite suddenly quits eating, it needs to see a vet. Something is wrong, and the vet can tell what it is and prescribe an effective remedy. Even an older dog may have something that will respond to treatment. At 12 years old, when my Lab, Aster, failed to eat one morning, I took her to the vet. It was pneumonia, which quickly yielded to antibiotics and she was soon her old self.

If the dog never did eat very well, and has seen the vet since the problem existed, you may be over feeding it. A vet check still won't hurt. Many dogs will snarf down more than is good for them and look for more. Others refuse to eat more than than they need. Evaluate the dog as illustrated in this link, You may want the vet to confirm your judgment. Adjust the dogs food and exercise as needed to reach its ideal body condition. Some German Shepherds and other breeds may refuse to eat enough to completely hid their ribs. As long as you are feeding a concentrated, meat based chow, the best thing is to accept it.

The worst thing you can do is to bribe a dog with rich foods into eating more than it needs. Instead, Put down the dish with what the dog should eat, and give it 15 minutes to eat. Then take it up. Do not give it anything to eat until its next scheduled meal. In a few days, it should be eating what it needs. Continue to check its ribs and adjust the food as needed. This is not easy. I had a Shepherd go 3 days on a few nibbles. I was a wreck, but she was fine. It is almost unknown for a healthy dog not to eat what it needs. Unfortunately, in too many cases, it is less than the package says, and less than the owner thinks the dog should have. Many dogs are quite good at holding out for tastier chow. Like kids, sometimes it calls for tough love.

I would check some more things out before risking my dog on an untested diet. Sometimes poor nutrition doesn't show up until it is too late.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:21 PM   #12
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I'm with Labman on this one. You can keep changing up foods but that can get expensive and also wreck havoc on the dog's health. I've adopted 2 cockers from rescue who were supposedly "finicky eaters". They eat what I feed everyone else but they eat on a schedule like everyone else. It will only take once or twice picking that food up after 15 minutes for the pooch to learn to partake now or lose out. The only times I have had problems with any of mine eating is when they were close to dying.

Mine get Nutro Natural plus I cook a variety of spot stew which is also researchable on-line. Now, I'm not a food snob at all but I think if one's critter does well on a dollar store food then feed it! You might want to include a high quality supplement along with it though (Missing Link perhaps)...just a thought.
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DOGFOODCHAT.COM Tons of info on kibble, raw and homecooked.

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