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Old 02-25-2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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Angry Cry for help... Ready to give up....



Hey it has been a while since I have posted anything or answered any posts... I have to admit I have been a little preoccupied with work and I graduated college in June....

But....

I AM LITERALLY AT MY WITS END WITH MY BABY ABBY!

I have spent A LOT of money on dog food... and I have tried everything....

Let me list all the food I have bought in the past year and a half... (and it ranges from cheap to real expensive... I will try anything to make her eat)

Cesars, Wellness Core and another type of wellness (dry and Wet), Home Cooking, Timberwolf, Prarie, NV, Stella and Chewys (forzen and freeze dried), Merricks, California's Natural, Innova (Dry and Wet), Canidae, Newmans Organic, Beneful, Canine Caviar, Royal Canine, Nutro dry, Blue, Evo, and finally ... Solid Gold Wee Bits which she is on right now.

She eats this for 3 or 4 days and just decides she doesnt want it anymore and refuses to eat it and I have to buy new food.

I have bought countless supplements to add to her food and I have tried adding gravy, oils and everything you can think of to make her eat.

She is going to be 2 on June 24 and weight 3 lbs and 5 ounces and the vet says she needs to put on a pound or two and her bloodowrk and everything is fine...

I have just ordered samples from Halo foods to see if that works...


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME ... This is a cry for help and I do not know what to do anymore... I cant afford to be buying diffrent foods every week so she can eat.... Last night I actually admitted that if she continues like this I was going to give her away!!!

Any help is much appreciated... this a call for help.....

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:01 AM   #2
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Have you tried mixing pieces of boiled chicken into her kibble. All I can think of if youve done that is to maybe try homecooking or raw
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O my goodness, I am soo sorry, I don't know what to tell you but I am sure someone can help you out. Good luck!
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Normally I don't like the "put kibble down and they will eat when they are hungry" idea but it may be necessary here. First I would want to know if she is just picky or if she doesn't feel well when she eats. Have you read about liver shunt?

If you leave kibble down after the three or four days of liking it, does she stop eating altogether?
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I think by giving in and switching food all the time makes her more picky. You might want to stick with one good food. She will eat when she is really hungry and she knows she has to just eat. Just leave the bowl of food out all day.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:39 AM   #6
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Angry Tried that....

I have tried pieces of boiled chicken...

She does not have liver shut or anything like that... She has had her tests done.. my best friend is a vet tech so she does all those tests for me..

Yes I have done the "leave the kibble on the floor for 30 min and if she doesnt eat it I take it back and give it back to her at her next meal time" Guess what she won't eat it... but i will tell you this I KNOW she is hungry because while my mom is cooking she will stand right there in the kitchen and wait for SOMEONE to give her SOMETHING. I was eating dinner and she was literally just pouncing on me to give her something so I know she is hungry but she just wont eat dog food consistently.

She has hardly eaten anything in 2 days cause i am doing the tough love with Solid Gold Wee bits with halo dream coat on it....

Her coat is brittle and its falling out because she doesnt have a consistent diet so I really am losing my mind.

She eats the food with enthusiasm for 3 or 4 days and then she just sniffs it and just walks away...

HELP!
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Someone on here suggested to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on kibble. I sprinkle a teeny taste on Hiro's kibble and I can't tear his face away from the bowl! lol
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Are you home all day with her?? If so, be sure to leave the kibble down all day and free feed her. This exact thing happened to me and after I started leaving the kibble out most of the day, Snickers would come and nibble here and there and by the end of the day finish his dish of food. Entice her in the morning with her kibble with something mixed which she loves (I give Snick Chicken EVO with EVO Venison canned mixed in), then maybe something different for an afternoon snack (we do apples) and then just leave the kibble out and don't give her ANYTHING else (like human food, treats etc) I hope something works out for you. If she is not much of an eater, make sure what you do put down for her is something wholesome!! Tough love is so hard when you just want them to eat!! We are not home all day so free feed Snick when we are home. This is only b/c he sometimes has to poop after eating and we don't want him pooping in his room. GOOD LUCK!!!!
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You could try sprinkling Parmesan Cheese (in the cheap, green can) on her food - it has a nice pungent cheesy smell and can help w/ picky eaters.

Has her nose been thoroughly checked over?

Does her tummy make noises on any consistent basis? Gas? How are the poos?

Are you interested in trying raw (that's what many of us feed here)?
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You could try sprinkling Parmesan Cheese (in the cheap, green can) on her food - it has a nice pungent cheesy smell and can help w/ picky eaters.

Has her nose been thoroughly checked over?

Does her tummy make noises on any consistent basis? Gas? How are the poos?

Are you interested in trying raw (that's what many of us feed here)?
OP already tried it raw...
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I have tried mixing wet and dry together and she will NOT eat it.

I am not home all day and I used to leave food out for her all day and it would be the same way when I got home.

Up until the solid gold wee bits I would giver her wet food in the morning and evening and leave kibble out all day.

Soo. that is why I do nto know what to do...

Oh and Parmesean doesnt work...
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Sorry if I sound redundant but do you switch her food every 3 to 4 days when she stops eating for a bit?? It may be that she knows "Mommy will give me something else if I don't eat for a day or so." Snick did that too, he would put his nose up after a few days and then I would give in and give him something new or a mixture of kibble. So he kept doing it, and I kept changing it. Finally I only put down the 1 type and he eventually ate it. I hope someone has the perfect answer for you...but I suggest you try some of the older foods you bought and see which one she picks out and stick with that 1. I gave Snickers a mixture for a few days and noticed he always picked out the EVO so I went with it....
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Will she just eat wet food? Or raw? Lexi is very picky with dry food, but will eat wet food. I know the vets are always pushing for the dry food, its good for their teeth. Lexi is only 5 mos so I cannot have her starving. Have you tried Natural Balance dog rolls?
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My guy did the same thing. I was buying so many different bags of food. Then I decided to mix them together in a gallon food bag. A cup of each. He can then pick what he likes from each one from his bowl. I mix a little wet food in his bowl and I also mix in a little yogurt or low fat cottage cheese. Now he cleans his bowl. Good luck with yours.
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Yeah I tried raw... Freeze Dried actually lasted for a couple of months until she decided that was it! And i had different varieties and would giver idfferent flavors every day... go figure.

I have tried mixture and it wont work. She wont even pick things out either. If it is mixed and she feels that it is kibble with wet she will just spit out everything all together and walk away.


It is just insanity how nothing will satisfy her. I will mix two wet food and it wont work either... I even tried to go back on mixing canine cavier venison with merricks wingaling the other day and she walked away.

If i dont not mix up her food every 3 to 4 days she just will not eat...
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