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Old 09-27-2006, 08:20 PM   #1
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Hi. I'm new to Yorkie Talk. My husband & I just adopted a male, five year old Yorkie, named Odie. The lady who owned her went into a nursing home & could not keep him. Apparently Odie was only fed from the table. We have had him for only two days & we have tried feeding him dry dog food & he is hardly eating any of it. I am afraid he will not get enough nourishment. Any ideas as to what type of food I should feed Odie? He is so precious & I want him to be healthy. Thanks.
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Supplement him three times a day with Nutrical or Nutristat (mine like this one better and it's a dollar cheaper). This comes in a tube and is a nutritional supplement. It also has B vitamins which stimulate the appetite. Boiled chicken and rice are acceptable people foods given with the Nutristat. Put it in a blender with some water or chicken broth (low sodium) so he doesn't just eat the chicken and then start adding a high quality dry food to the blenderized mixer. Hopefully after time, he will be just eating the dog food alone. For some reason if you throw out a few pebbles of dry on the floor (not a bowl) they'll eat it thinking it's a treat.

Also a lot of people swear by adding cottage cheese to the dry kibble.
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Hi. I'm new to Yorkie Talk. My husband & I just adopted a male, five year old Yorkie, named Odie. The lady who owned her went into a nursing home & could not keep him. Apparently Odie was only fed from the table. We have had him for only two days & we have tried feeding him dry dog food & he is hardly eating any of it. I am afraid he will not get enough nourishment. Any ideas as to what type of food I should feed Odie? He is so precious & I want him to be healthy. Thanks.
you also can give him apple and carrots, they like that too for snacks, i'm glad that he found a wonderful adopted parents like you, who cares so much for him, i wish i can help you more but i'm kind of new too, my Pheobe like table food but i only give her apples, ck, cottage chesse, carrots, plain yogurt, but sometimes ,i finally find dog food that she likes (california natural, dry mix with can), after trying so many so you may have to try diferent kind (high quality of course) and see which one he likes.
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A big thank you to you both for the advise on what to feed our Odie. My husband and I have two other dogs who we adopted, Molly, a female Landseer, that weighs in at 120 and Oliver, another Yorkie (Odie gets along with them really well, thank God) but even though we adopted them both & they were both strays, Molly from the Humane Society & Oliver from the dog pound, we had no problems what so ever with their eating habits. Oliver loved his dry food. Then along comes our precious Odie. I am going to try your ideas and see what happens. Thanks for the welcome and for the advise. I'll keep you posted as to what happens. Love to Pheobe & Lacy.
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A big thank you to you both for the advise on what to feed our Odie. My husband and I have two other dogs who we adopted, Molly, a female Landseer, that weighs in at 120 and Oliver, another Yorkie (Odie gets along with them really well, thank God) but even though we adopted them both & they were both strays, Molly from the Humane Society & Oliver from the dog pound, we had no problems what so ever with their eating habits. Oliver loved his dry food. Then along comes our precious Odie. I am going to try your ideas and see what happens. Thanks for the welcome and for the advise. I'll keep you posted as to what happens. Love to Pheobe & Lacy.
I admire both of you, for care so much about those poor animal, but now have the best parents in whole world
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Old 09-29-2006, 05:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for your kind words. Having three dogs now, at various sizes, can be a bit trying, but only at times. We love all of them so very much. They each have their own personality. Molly, our "big girl", well, she takes every thing in stride. When Odie came to live with us it was as if she looked at him and thought, oh gee, here comes another one. No one ever asked me if I wanted another brother. Oliver, he is a bit on the jealous side, but is getting better with each passing day. Being a dog lover yourself, you know what I mean.
And guess what, Odie ate some of the apple I gave him last night and today my husband and I bought a can of Mighty Dog chicken with gravy and we took a little of that & then we crushed some of the Purina Beneful and mixed all of that together, and he ate it. I think we may be seeing some progress.
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Since you obvioiusly care so much about your dogs I would strongly recommend you get them on a quality dry food when you can. The line up of ingredients in Beneful rank it as one of the worst dog foods, Mighty Dog isn't much better. Skip the department stores and grocery stores and find a good food in a pet store. They will eat less, have less stools, less gas, and fewer vet bills. To look for a quality dry food, look at the first five ingredients. Look for a meat for at least the first ingredient, no by products (this is the intestines, feet, beaks, unconsumable parts left over from human use) and no corn. Ingredients are listed by weight, but Purina is tricky here by having ground corn and corn gluten meal, just so they could at least list chicken by product as the second ingredient.

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
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Here's a link to compare dog foods - Beneful scores a 1 out of 9, just because it contains vegetables.
http://www.healthypetnet.com/Healthy...266&hdr=&cat=0
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