I need advice. I have a rescue dog (have had her about a year) that still has serious food issues. I got her from the pound. They were going to put her down because they couldn't get her to eat (there was no physical reason for this that the vet could find). You could see her ribs. She weighed 12 pounds when she have been around 20 (they said).
Anyway, I brought her home and fixed her some food. I have always made my own dog food, so that wasn't a problem. She wouldn't eat unless I hand fed her. I'm fixing her grass-fed beef, chicken and pork from a local farmer - same stuff we eat - and she just wouldn't eat unless I sat there and hand-fed her.
Fast forward to today. She is a healthy 22 pounds (well, she could prob. lose a pound or two); but she still has severe food issues. Some days she will feed herself; but I have found that she's a bit particular. Her food cannot touch. She only eats about as much as a toddler, so I put her each food in a separate saucer. I have to cut her food up into tiny pieces and spread them out as much as possible on the saucer. The saucers then have to be placed in a particular order (meat, then veggies, then cream) or she won't eat.
Some days she won't eat chicken; most days she won't eat pork; she never eats ground beef. If she doesn't want to eat, I let her go a few days without eating before I hand-feed her (3 days w/o food is my limit and then I cave); but she always wins. I don't know what to do. I have run out of ideas.
Any ideas? My vet suggested a pet psychologist. I don't know about that.
I cook for my dogs. 100% of their diet comes from my kitchen. I've researched and I know what they shouldn't eat. I am as careful about their diet as I am about anyone else in the family. They seem to like it.
My largest dog (over 100 lbs) eats anything and everything you put in front of him. He is no problem at all to feed.
The smaller dog (around 20 lbs) is very picky, even with grass-fed meat. She is a rescue dog and was very skinny when I first got her. You could see her ribs. The pound was going to put her down as she would not eat for them. I had to hand-feed her for months. She slowly started gaining weight, but man I have never in my life seen a pickier dog. She refuses to eat left-overs. Her food cannot touch, which means that stews are out for her. She loves cheese, but you cannot put it on the same plate as her meat. I could go on. I have tried to mend her ways (I've had her a little over a year), but she will simply stop eating until I give in.
I make my own dog food as my dogs will not eat any types of dog food One is 14 years old and little and just never would eat it and my 2 1/2 year old will not eat it as she was very sick when she was a puppy and had to be fed what ever I could get down her. So now she will not eat ANY dog food from the store and I have tried many......from Blue to alpo. beniful, Iams. Hills. Ukanuba. and what ever else you can imagine. I even tried the old fashion bad for them dog food and they would not eat it. So instead of the head aches of trying anymore and wasting more money it is easier for me just to make it and they are both now very healthy and all their blood test are normal. they are not over weight and they are happy little campers......
I love deals, especially when it means I'll be saving on the price of the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free formulas I feed my pets. I'm constantly looking for specials at sites like PetSmart.com, Petco.com, Chewy.com and Wag.com but this time Wag.com has them beat. I got a 24lb bag of their food for $48 plus some pennies and tax, compared with the over $55 per 24lb bag at all those other sites. Oh, that would be the chicken flavor.
tried the cheapest. tried the most expensive...no grain .. too much grain ...brand names ... smaller-store brands, et cetera. what did i find was the results from the youngens reactions, amount of energy and weight fluctuation? they are more likely to barely taste the store brands, ate the most from the middle-of-line brands (particularly the cheaper alpo) and had to bribe them to eat the expensive (no grains) stuff. outcome = the treats at dollar TRee store CAN be the most nutritional (avid label reader), the mainstay dogfood is the alpo, buying discounted meat (which is the key to this diet) and throwing in things like white rice for weight stability and homemade breads just because they allllll have an affinity for this delicacy. we all come out - winning!!
Right now we use a brand called Nature's Variety because our dog needed to put on some weight. We were told that we could transition her to Canidae once she reached an ideal weight. I am looking forward to that because Canidae costs half of what Nature's Variety does