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What Food Will My Dog Eat?

asked 2018-04-21 18:19:16 -0500

My AKC longhair Chihuahua is almost a year old. Eating has been an ongoing problem since I bought him. I first tried the Vet's recommended food. He refused it. Then I began to buy natural meat-first dog foods, both wet and dry. Wouldn't touch it.I spent a few months buying various dog foods. I tried putting the foods in his mouth to get him to try them. Then I decided to feed him cooked chicken and mixed vegetables, with a bit of cheese on it. He ate if okay, but when the evening feeding came he would refuse to eat it again. So I would try giving him Cooked Steakums, or cooked hamburger. He would eat those two, but not more than once. Every meal has to be something different. I was also told by our Vet when he was young, that this breed must eat or their blood sugar can drop and they can become ill. It happened once when he was 8 weeks old, and I thought he was dying. I'm at my wits end and on days when he refuse to eat I force peanut butter into his mouth and make him swallow it, which is traumatizing for him and myself. I have been so stressed out trying to get him fed everyday for a year, that I have had thoughts of selling him. Its become a living nightmare for me. Any obvious thing that can be tried, I've tried. I've never known of any dog that doesn't like to eat. We take him on regular walks, play with him, give him affection and I've even socialized him with people and other dogs. He's a wonderful dog, but he hates eating. I need help. My email is arviso.writer@gmail.com. My name is Susie

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Susie, I was and still am hoping that more answers come through for your issue. You are not alone- I too am experiencing the same issue with my miniature poodle. The only thing for sure that she will eat consistently are acorns, wood bark and sticks.

Cathy C.'s profile image Cathy C.  ( 2018-04-22 07:32:04 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-04-22 00:05:43 -0500

Have you asked the breeder you bought him from? They should be able to help you.

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answered 2018-05-07 22:32:18 -0500

Recently I bought a cute puppy from Seminole Kennels but I have no idea that how will I take care of her and what should I give her to eat? Can anyone give me the idea about that?

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answered 2018-04-27 15:41:03 -0500

Another idea - Ask the vet to do an allergy test. I had that done and it came back with what the dog was allergic/sensitive to AND gave me a list of dry and canned food he could have, what other stuff in the region he was sensitive to (Darn mesquite trees - he and I shared that) and it also lists treats.

Those food rolls - the Natural Balance ones - some smaller dogs really like them, and they come in small sizes to try.

Plain chicken (no seasoning) roasted/boiled. Take the chicken carcass and boil it with some water, creating chicken broth, you can cook some rice in that, and or freeze small ice cubes. Lots of good stuff..and most all dogs love it. Don’t use pre packaged broth - too much sodium.

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Sometimes smaller dogs don't like the size of dry food, even the small dog sizes. One dog that I watch will only eat his food after putting warm water on it and mashing it up (letting the water soak in helps), he's 2 y/o. When my dogs were young I did the same thing for the same reason. Might help?

Sophia & Richard S.'s profile image Sophia & Richard S.  ( 2018-04-28 12:21:51 -0500 ) edit

Sorry, I think I replied to you accidentally. 😐

Sophia & Richard S.'s profile image Sophia & Richard S.  ( 2018-04-28 12:23:49 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2018-04-28 18:03:49 -0500

Anything a dog ingests can affect his appetite. That includes eating animal waste such as bird and rabbit feces and dried up worms off sidewalks or grass, chemical treated grass, contaminated water (from shared bowls at dog parks or community run-off from landscaping and such), other non-approved objects such as acorns, bark, and twigs. Also, consider any treat including those listed as for dental health, etc. may contain ingredients such as peanut butter (due to fat content & additives), dairy containing items, fatty table scraps, processed meats that make a dog's stomach uneasy could be the culprit why the dog then doesn't want to eat meals. Your dog may be getting his/her paws on this from someone other than you - sometimes small children & seniors drop unapproved foods, and groomers, and even some walkers/sitters who are trying to become fast friends could possibly be providing non-approved treats. I'd suggest first rule out all these other sources, which could lead to digestive upset issues, including pancreatitis.

Next, muster up all your patience because this may take trials of many types of dog food, including different proteins and very different nutritional profiles. You may also do some research & reading at dogfoodadvisor.com

If you take your dog with you to an independently owned, local/small high end dog store that sells food, usually they will consult with you and your dog on a personalized basis, allow you to place multiple bags on the floor for the dog to smell and show you with body&paw movement which one he/she gravitates to, and send you home with some free samples to try at home (ideally just a taste on different plates, presented like a wine tasting).

If you take your dog to a larger chain pet store, only buy small bags, and keep your receipt with the bag. Again, I'd place multiple bags on the floor for the dog to smell and show you with body&paw movement which one he/she gravitates to. The larger pet stores will give you credit if you return more than half the bag within thirty days as you go through this process -- they understand.

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