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Question by Chelsie
Submitted on 7/21/2003
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My puppy is 7 months old and she refuses to eat any of the food I buy for her. I was wondering if you could tell me what type of food she needs and how often I should feed her

Answer by Suzi
Submitted on 8/11/2003
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Her eating preferences are set by you - if you continue to try to please her by changing each time she refuses - she will continue to refuse.  A good quality food - i.e. Solid Gold, Canidae, Science Diet - are all excellent.  Make sure you get the appropriate food for her age group.  If it makes you feel better - add a little canned food to the dry and slowly decrease the canned over time if you prefer.  How many times a day you food her depends on her age - but she would like to have breakfast and dinner.


Answer by teresa
Submitted on 12/8/2003
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my two five months old puppies (mini pins)refused to eating in the morning.  i gave them the dry food.  they only wait til i got home from work and they rather to eat canned food (mighty dog).  how can i feed them dry food? thanks.


Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 2/21/2004
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You have to make them skip meals until they will eat. If my dogs won't eat their dry dog food it means they are not hungry so I skip their meals until they eat it. Sometimes it takes 4 meals but they eventually eat. If your dog learns that it will get a better treat (canned food, table scraps,etc) if it will not eat the dry food then it will not eat it. Would you?!!? You need to teach it that it has to eat its normal food if it is to get treats. Your dog will not starve. If it is healthy and hungry it will eat. If it is healthy and will not eat then it is not hungry so wait until the next meal(or the next) until it will eat. Don't let your dog win the leader of the pack award. You are the leader and you have to remember that you make the rules and your dog cannot manipulate you into doing what it wants. Good luck!!


Answer by Jay
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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My pup did that when he first came home.  Someone told me to use NutriCal.  Put alittle in a spoon and if the pup agrees with the tast put some over the pups food.  If you continue to change the pups food he/she might develope a sensitive tummy and soft stool.  Good Luck!


Answer by Anne
Submitted on 10/10/2004
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My cockapoo did the same thing, or she would
vomit from many.  You need to try a hollistic brand.  I order from the Foster&
Smith catalog.  The better the food, the less problems later on.  Alot of the commercial foods are loaded with stuff they
shouldn't have.  If you feed her scraps, she
probably will wait for that.  My dog will go
2-3 days without eating sometims.  they won't starve!


Answer by sluttesa
Submitted on 1/13/2005
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mix the dry food wid the can food n add a lil water they eat it rite up


Answer by KayK
Submitted on 7/1/2005
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I just got a puppy home too, about 5 or 6 weeks old, a bit too young I know. It is his 4th day here, and he does not seem to have an appetite for his dry food, or his canned food. We took him to the vet and he said he had a tummy bug from stress. He seems to be getting thinner and he will only eat canned tuna in white boiled rice, choosing the tuna bits. It is worrying me alot as he will only drink abit and whatever variety of dog food we give him he ignores. He looks like he is getting thinner and his stools are like diarrhea, and not a brown colour. We leave the food for him 5 or 10 mins maximum and then take it away and offer him when the next meal time comes around but he refuses. The vet even gave us samples but he refuses. Is there anything I can do? I live in Malta and they dont supply things like Nutri Cal and Solid Gold.


Answer by Lauren
Submitted on 8/12/2005
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also, IAMS dog food is good. it has food for all stages of a dogs life...good luck!


Answer by Gina
Submitted on 8/27/2005
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If your dog is a toy breed like maltese , yorkie, some flat faced breeds like Shih-Tzus and Japanese Chins.
<p> The do not like round dog food nuggets. They like small flat or small cherrio shaped nuggets. The smaller the better. One great dog food is Royal Canin, they make food especially for toy breed dogs and make specialty food for Shih-tzus, Yorkies,Daschunds and Poodles.
Larger nuggets feel uncomfortable in their mouths and they cannot chew it easily.
<p> If it is a large breed dog again it might be a breed that does not like large pieces of dog food, try a small bite type. Dogs no better that we do and some dogs will turn down junk dogs food which are very unhealthy.
<p>Try Chicken soup for the Dog Lovers Soul,Premium Edge,Wellness,or Merrick Homestyle Holistique Meals. Try adding a teaspoon of Chicken Baby food, or Sweet Potatos & Turkey Baby Food ect. Healthy, noi added salt, no junk and won't add wieght but will entice them to eat.
<p>Do not use canned dog food as a meal it gets them to just want to eat canned. Let them eat their regular meal and if you want to give them can do it in a seperate bowl as a small treat but in between meal. Again avoid the junk dog foods.
<p>No corn, no wheat, no soy, No beef, No dyes means a healthy dog food and less chance of food allergies developing like Hot spots,feet chewing,itchy skin, bad doggy odor and ear infections.
<p>If your dog has any of these synptoms especially if it is a white or blue breed, or these breeds, a Lab, Golden, Jack Russel,Shih-Tzu, Pit Bull, English Bull Dog, Bichon,Rottweiller and Mini Schnauzer  watch what you feed them!!!


Answer by LT
Submitted on 9/15/2005
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My puppy eat when i first got it but then couple of days later it only eat a little bit when i feed but sometimes it eat, like one morning it eat but the next morning it doesn't eat and sometimes doesnt eat at dinner time.. i dont know why??? r they going to lose weight and get skinny like that?


Answer by Funkychopsticks
Submitted on 10/4/2005
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I have a 3 and a half month old heeler x kelpie. She is usually very playful, but the last couple of days ive had another puppy come and stay with us from the same litter. she doesnt seem to want to eat, and its like she is always flopping onto the ground.
Would there be anything seriously wrong with her, or would she be doing this for attention?


Answer by Mary
Submitted on 11/13/2005
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Hello, My puppy Sierra is 9 months old, shes a Queensland heeler, Until 2 days ago, she was eating fine and playing and chipper. Shes all of the above except NOT eating. She has some diariah, Sorry on spelling and vomiting. Mostly clear with grass. She is very chipper and alert, but she will not eat anything. Any suggestions? My Husband did give her small amounts of pork the other nite and I give her a rawhide chew for a snack, Nothing effects my other dog, But Sierra it does. Please Help


Answer by Vicki
Submitted on 12/20/2005
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My puppy is not eating any hard food or much soft food. She threw up a couple times and since will not touch her food. I took her to the vet, and she said her stomach might be upset.  I have a small Jack Russell Terrier puppy about 12 weeks old, and I have been mixing pedialyte with her water and feeding her baby food, sometimes with a syringe.  I have also been giving her nutrical and a little karo syrup to keep her blood sugar up and keep her from going into seizure. I'm beginning to think now that her teeth are sore and she doesn't want to chew anything so hard.  Is this a common problem?


Answer by boo hiss
Submitted on 2/12/2006
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i really dont know


Answer by sara
Submitted on 2/12/2006
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you need to go to the doctor maybe


Answer by malscoco
Submitted on 10/7/2006
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Yes. It is true that if you keep changing his food, he will not like it. So I would go with Science Diet or Pedigree, they are both the best. If he does not like it, then try putting some meat, but try avoiding meat because its not healthy at all and  just food is okay. Good luck


Answer by to rick
Submitted on 10/19/2006
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to lauren
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Answer by Eric
Submitted on 1/17/2007
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I dont have a answer but a question I was told that science diet gives cancer Ia-ms does horrible tests in labs on animals and Purina kibbles n bits etc are all just grocery store foods with alot of fillers what should I feed my puppy? something that is not too rich and expensive but natural and healthy any ideas????


Answer by Nate
Submitted on 7/2/2007
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I just got my puppy, he is a goldin rechrever and Chow mix...hes 4 months old and he wont eat..when i got him yesterday (June 1, 2007) he was very playful...But this morning (June 2, 2007) he did not wont to eat he threw up flem a few times and sleeped all day...im a lil concerned can you help me out?


Answer by danielle
Submitted on 7/8/2007
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my five month old puppie does not eat any food i buy her. All she wants to eat is pizza,peaches and everything else people eat. What should i do?


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