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By 0 found this helpful
March 6, 2011

What can I feed my small dog he only weights 12 pounds? I have tried everything on the market and he will only eat a few bites. All he wants is people food and that's not good for him. I have even made homemade gravy to pour over his food. Should I try canned cat food or dry? That I haven't done yet. I'm going crazy over this dog I call Beanie. Please can you help?

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By Gloria from Cedar City

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful
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This happened to me. I have a 2 yr old Chihuahua.I use to share my meals with her."Don't do it". You have to be "mean".Stop feeding your dog human food. Stop! Offer your dog dry dog food and water. You have to be strong! Keep talking to the dog. Say "Eat your food, cant have my food anymore". My dog went 5 days without eating. I just knew she was going to die of starvation. But on the 6th day she started eating her food. She still begs for my food, but I say "NO" you have your own food. She gets her treats also. Once in a while, i will give her a raw carrot, the baby ones. She is happy now. Its hard, but you have to be tough for you dogs sake.

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March 8, 20110 found this helpful
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Cat food has too much protein for dogs, try Blue Buffalo, its natural and none of the garbage the other companies add in for fillers. If your dog still won't eat, put a little water in his bowl with the food and warm it for a few seconds and mix it up. The heat will bring out the aromas of the food.

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March 8, 20111 found this helpful
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I have a 5 1/2 pound Chihuahua who also will not eat dry kibble, and I have tried all brands out there. But finally I found a way. I put the dry food in a small bowl, add water to it and put it in the fridge a day to soften it up. Then I put it in my small blender till it is like canned food. To that I add some kind of veggie and sometimes some small pieces of chicken or ground beef and some brown rice. Also about once a week I put 1/2 tsp. of olive oil over it. She eats all of it, problem solved. Some say I spoil her, but to me it's a labor of love. Also she gets a vitamin each day to cover all bases.

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August 24, 20110 found this helpful
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Sometimes, warming up the food helps. What food are you feeding? I am no expert. I do not know if puppy is eating kibble or not, but if she is, you can add warm water to kibble. It should bring up aroma and she may want to eat it more.

Or is it possible that you are putting the food out all day long? If so, you can feed it only when it is meal time.

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December 7, 20122 found this helpful

My 17 yr old dog has totally quit eating her food. I tried to ignore it as usually a dog will go back to eating once hungry enough. She lost 10 plus pounds and I have given her cat food and baby food and she gobbles up both. She will not eat chicken broth either I tried that. At 17 and being so skinny is cat food really that bad for her? I have been mixing rice in with the food to keep her from getting the runs.

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By Courtney

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December 9, 20121 found this helpful
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I bet that your dog has a tooth problem. If he/she is only eating food that is soft and mushy (baby food/rice etd) and refusing food that would need chewing (the chicken) I bet she/he has a toothache and it hurts to chew and break up food with its teeth. Get your dog to the vet as he will spot a bad tooth straight away. My 16 year old cat was the same. The tooth came out and he's tucking into his food again.

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December 10, 20120 found this helpful
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Bless you for trying to keep your old dog happy and healthy. I dont see any problem with feeding her cat food or baby food. One thing to consider is whether she has a dental problem. This can cause dogs to stop eating food that may hurt a bad tooth. It might be a good idea to have that checked out. Best of luck to you both.

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December 7, 20120 found this helpful

At seventeen let her eat whatever she can I did that with my 18 year old dog you've brought him or her this far keep it up. Good luck. It hurts losing them but 18 is a great age for your pet.

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April 30, 20140 found this helpful

I'm sorry, I don't think it's ever a good idea to give a dog cat food :( especially an older dog. Your dog probably has a health issue or doesn't feel well and can't tell you. I have an older dog too. He is an 11 year old healer about 40lbs. He sometimes gets stomach upsets and sometimes actually throws up. He won't eat his regular kibble most of the time.

I cook brown rice and give about a 1/2 cup at a time either mixed with kibble or plain depending on how well he's doing. He loves it and I have been able to keep weight on him. I have started giving brown rice to the 3 other dogs because it is so good for them. I have also just started giving him about 1/4 cup of mashed pumpkin with his kibble.

You can buy that in a can next to pumpkin pie filling. Make sure the can you grab says 100% pumpkin if you get it for your dog. Pie filling has spices in it, do not use it. Since I have started doing this he's eating better and feeling better too :-) my fussy chiweenie and pomchi even eat there kibble with a little mixed in. You may want to give your dog 3 - 4 smaller meals a day of brown rice to help get weight back. :-) Good luck!

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May 15, 2017

My husband and I rescued a Chihuahua. We took her to the vet; she's fine other than gum disease. She sees the doggy dentist on the 23rd. Anyway she won't eat and when she does its only a burger. Help me plz.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

A dog will not starve herself. She probably needs to get used to her new environment. Maybe she likes her food moister. Put a little water in it to make it easier to chew.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

Don't give her the burger. You might have to switch dog foods but eventually she will learn that she has to eat it.

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

I have a 2 year old female Shih Tzu. She didn't have a problem with her eating habits until recently. She doesn't eat dog food, only human food (like chicken). 3 days ago, we tried to put dog food (Pedigree) together with her chicken lunch. She obviously didn't like it as she immediately threw it up. Earlier this day at 7am, she started to eat already, but after an hour or so she vomitted what she ate, undigested. We gave her dinner again this evening at 7pm and she ate it again, but after an hour or so, she vomitted it again, undigested.

Was it because she didn't like the meal we gave her? We're so worried.

By Rianne

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December 21, 20140 found this helpful
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I would be worried too. I would be getting to the vet as soon as possible. The food may be off, but many other possibilities exist, and only your vet can sort them out. Do not wait to get your dog the help she deserves. Things can get much worse if you wait.

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

Your dog's vomiting may be a result of not liking dog food but also may be something unrelated. She is obviously having a difficult time and needs help. Please take her to your vet now to clarify her problem and find a solution.

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December 20, 20140 found this helpful

Is it possible the food you're trying to give her has gone off or isn't what it's labelled as - and your dog knows what you don't?

Don't discount the thought. Dogs noses are MUCH more sensitive than ours and they: A-can smell food that has gone badly off or is parasite infested long before your human nose will notice, and B-are able to recognise when the protein (ok, meat) part isn't the usual chicken/beef/lamb/fish.

I live in the UK and we've had a few very quietly managed pet food product 'incidents' where the protein was, erm, not chicken/beef, etc, but horse, donkey, and some other animals you probably can guess - and the dogs here refused to eat that or vomited it up soon after eating.

When a dog or cat turns up their nose or vomits undigested food - there's a problem with the food, not the pet!

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December 21, 20140 found this helpful

Please, please take you dog to the vet ASAP. The poor thing is trying to eat and obviously something is very wrong or it wouldn't keep throwing up. She could even have an intestinal blockage which would produce this symptom and it can be VERY serious. Please let us know the outcome.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 25, 2011

Can my Shih Tuz eat homemade food? I have a problem with my puppy not eating his food. He will wait until we are not looking and then go and eat the cat food all the time. Can you please help me with what kind of food to feed him?

By Mary from Pittsburgh, PA

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful
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You can make home made food for your dog. Google homemade dog food to see if this is something you want to do. Is there somewhere you could put the cat's food so the dog cannot reach it? When my toy poodle was doing this, I put the cat food dispenser in the bath tub. My two cats could access it, but Pookie could not. It only took the cats about a day to figure out the change. Moving the food and rinsing the tub before a shower was easy.

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March 27, 20110 found this helpful

Start mixing in some cat food into the dog's dish with his dog food, see if that changes things. Maybe the dog is telling you something else, and that is that he prefers the cat meal to his own.

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June 20, 20120 found this helpful

Whenever I feed my dog, a Chocolate Lab, he is trying to bury his bowl. He pushes it with his head around the floor. I had a small rug under his bowl and he tried to pull it up and bury his bowl with it. Most of the time he won't eat either. I have tried all kinds of dog food. I have to coax him to eat. I usually end up mixing it with some of our food to get him to eat, but I don't like doing that. Anyone else had this problem and any suggestions? I have tried everything, I even changed his feeding bowl.

By Deb F.

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June 21, 20120 found this helpful
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It's the quality of the dog food that is repulsive to him. Search the web for 4D meat you will be horrified with what you find. It's meat that comes from: Diseased (cancer), Drugged, Down & Dead animals carcass's.

With corporate greed running rampart you can't really trust what they list on the dry & moist dog food containers. As an example: 20 yrs ago a "Top High Quality (expensive) dog food was caught putting old rubber tires in the dog food! The dogs coats started to dull and flake so one owner had the food analyzed and that's what they found. That was then - what do you think the industry is doing now?

I've had my dogs go into convulsions from a brand. Another brand made them sick with some type of bad bacteria.. Another brand made it impossible to switch from their product without making my dogs sick (It was also a "Highly" recommended brand.

Also read the ingredients and if it has corn in it you don't want it! Very bad for dogs the only reason they eat it is the sugar that they put in it. Don't-buy it if it has colorful pictures of fish, meat veggies & corn on the bag the dog would be better off eating the bag not the contents.

After spending a lot of money at the Vets I decided to cook for my dog and skip the bagged crap. Chicken is cheap, rice and veggies are always on sale. My dogs never got sick again and they always ate everything in their bowl. My suggestion is search the web for making dog food yourself the dog will probably live several years longer - mine did.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 12, 2012

My dog won't eat dog food. What should I do?

By Gloria

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June 12, 20120 found this helpful

Apparently you have given him scraps/human food in the past for him not to have a taste for his own food I'm guessing? If he has never had human food and has stopped eating dog food, then it is sick. It is not a good sign.

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June 12, 20120 found this helpful

I agree have you talked him to the vet? Is it the same food you have feed him in the past? Is there any reason that you can think of to cause him not to eat? Is he just old because if he is then maybe you need to soak the biscuits with warm powered milk so he can eat it.

Good luck and hope everything is ok with your dog.

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

My Chihuahua is three years old and has suddenly stopped eating dog food. She'll eat "some" people food. What to do? If she doesn't eat her blood sugar drops, etc. We've tried everything and we want her back on dog food.

By legalgal from Tomball, TX

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My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

Try mixing some boiled chicken (no salt) in with your dog's regular food. Or use the broth from the boiled chicken and stir a bit of that in with the dog food. Or scramble an egg (no seasonings) and mix that in with the dog food. Those foods are loved by my dog and I don't feel badly about giving them to her because they are healthy for her. (09/15/2009)

By brenda23

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

Try heating a little in the microwave. Sounds funny but sometimes they will eat food that is warm better than warm temp. (09/15/2009)

By notwrong

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

What I do with our 15 year old who doesn't like dog food is buy Duck Breasts at Costco or the Pet Food place and cut tiny little pieces with my kitchen shears into the dog food and mix it up-she gobbles it down-theyre great for treats too!

Also she really likes the Royal Canin Mini Puppy food-yes, it's a little high in protein but for small dogs it's tiny and all our 3 love the taste-I hardly have to put any duck breast in it now! Deb (09/15/2009)

By debcatholic

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

My Jack Russel stopped eating dog food and I was concerned. She would eat soft food but nothing hard. Took her to the vet and discovered she had a bad tooth. After the tooth was pulled she went back to eating her regular dog food. Maybe you should have the vet look at your dog's teeth. (09/16/2009)

By granniek

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

Two steps: #1 Most Important -Take her to the vet to make sure there's not a medical or dental reason, why she's stopped eating.

#2 - Just as Important - Be more stubborn than she is! If there is no medical or dental reason, then offer her her regular dog food, but refuse--no matter how much she begs or how pitiful she looks - to give her people food. Remind yourself and her that she has her own food available and if she's that hungry she can eat it.
I have a similar problem with my dogs wanting to make meals out of doggy treats and ignoring their food. But I don't give them any treats till their bowls are empty. Now I just have to tell them, "Nope, eat your food!" and they know what I mean! (09/18/2009)

By Cricketnc

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

My neighbor has two chihuahuas. He only gives them people food. He says they love bacon. He says they don't eat that much and dog food has so many harmful chemical that cause cancer. (09/18/2009)

By Julius T. O.

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

My boyfriend has a cross-bred dog, she is about 8 months old. She refuses to eat any dog food, not dried food, not canned food, not food with doggy gravy, nothing. We've tried the leave her until she eats approach, but after 3 days she still refused to eat anything. What can we do, especially when money is rather tight? (01/04/2011)

By trivialties

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September 15, 20090 found this helpful

My 1 1/2 year old Yorkie Poo won't eat dog food, dog snacks, nothing doggy. What should I do?

By Shabon from Staten Island, NY

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My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

The first thing you should do is get him checked by the vet to make sure there's not a physical problem causing him not to eat. If that comes out clean, then here goes the hard part.

The best thing you can do for your dog is to have more persistence than he does. You might start with mixing dry and canned food because it's more enticing. But the dog won't starve himself. Eventually he will eat if that is the ONLY thing available to him. Don't offer any treats--doggy or otherwise. Put the food down along with water and absolutely REFUSE to give him anything else.

I know it sounds cruel, but believe me it's not. He'll eat eventually. He might refuse to eat when you can see him (I have one like that now. He only eats in the middle of the night when he thinks I'm asleep), but he will eat.

It'll actually be harder on you than it is on him. But just keep telling yourself, "he has it available, so if he doesn't want to eat it then it's his own problem".

I've had dogs that were stubborn like yours and have had to do this. But it always worked. Different dogs take longer to break down than others, but they all will sooner or later. Their will to survive is stronger than their stubbornness. (07/21/2009)

By Cricketnc

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

I started putting olive oil on my dog's dry dog food because it's good for his skin. I didn't want to do it in both his daily feeding because I was afraid he'd put on too much weight, but I have to now because otherwise he won't eat it without. (07/24/2009)

By TXBetty

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

No more table scraps and goodies. He will be fine if no medical problems are the cause. He will be fine, keep telling yourself and do not let him win. It is a battle and you will be fine too. It is hard to be tough and firm but he will
eat the dog food and then only after a consistent pattern you might add little bits of carrots or green beans
to his food, my dog's favorites, along with cut up bananas for snack time, he prefers this to doggie treats. Good luck. (07/31/2009)

By meoowmom

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

I guess it depends on the dog food you are feeding or trying to feed. My dogs like the taste of Iams dog food. I had a cat that loved Iams hard cat food too. It's a little more expensive but it's a healthier choice for a dog. It must taste great cause I've never had an animal not eat it. Also, for years my dogs love the milk bone brand Mar-O snacks, they never tire of it. If this doesn't work, you just leave him to eat it or else starve. He will eat it. (08/01/2009)

By lorraina

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

The above ideas are good and worth a try. But if that doesn't work there are plenty of home cooked dog food recipes online.

What I did for a dog who was allergic to commercial food was cook rice (bought a rice cooker, just for her), boil turkey necks, make a bowl of oatmeal in the microwave as well as cook green peas or peas and carrots (frozen, not salty canned). Mix them all together. I would alternate the poultry with sardiines or canned mackeral, which are good for their coats and skin (tip from vet).

A doggie vitamin would be a good idea since what you cook yourself won't have all the added vitamins and minerals that commercial food does. I would make a big pot, keep a few days worth in the fridge and freeze the rest in 3 or 4 day batches. (08/01/2009)

By tejasridgerunner

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

PS: Forgot to say I cooked the rice in water with low-salt loose chicken bouillon. (08/01/2009)

By tejasridgerunner

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

I have a year old pup that won't eat dry dog food. She doesn't like canned dog food either. She likes treats and canned cat food. Any help would be appreciated. I really want her to eat dry food. I have tried four kinds.

catbuttons from KS

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My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

I've raised dogs for showing and I've always felt that dogs need "crunch" in their food to keep their teeth healthy and strong, and clean. I believe most vets will tell you the same thing.

I would mix whatever canned food your dog likes with the dry food, maybe a 3-1 ratio at first. Once they are used to eating the mix, gradually decrease the amount of canned food in the mix. I don't think there's anything wrong with letting them have a couple of spoons of canned in the mix eventually, but not mushy. They do need crunch in their food.

Good luck.

From Pat in Nevada (03/16/2009)

By patom

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

People you all need to talk to a reputable vet about why you do not feed dog food to cats and cat food to dogs. There really is a reason despite what you may read on the web. I am a vet, so I see this a lot generally with smaller dogs who tend to be a little more spoiled.

Cats require a large amount of the mineral taurine if they do not get it they suffer from arthritis and their overall system does not function properly. Dogs do not require as much taurine as cats and when they are fed a steady diet of cat food they suffer from arthritis, joint stiffness, and kidney problems. Also cats require a lot more fat in their diet than dogs so their food is higher in it which is not good for your dog.

Do not feed cat food no matter how much they like it, your dog will have a longer healthier life if you do not. If your dog refuses dry food he is being picky due to an improper diet. Either consult with a holistic vet about a raw food diet recipe or choose a good dry dog food brand per your veterinarian's recommendations and your own careful research. Now the hard part, give your beloved friend plenty of exercise, lots of filtered water (no chlorine), and offer him the appropriate amount of food for his size daily.

Eventually the dog will be hungry enough to eat what he is offered. Dogs are opportunists by nature he will eat it eventually. During this time do not feed table scraps or extra foods that your dog likes better. In the future try to limit his intake of table treats, scraps, and dog treats to no more than 15 percent of his diet. Your dog requires something harder to chew on daily to clean his teeth, if you are not going to feed him dry dog food than feed him carrots which help with teeth cleaning and most dogs like them.

I see to many overweight dogs, who are stiff way too young from being fed cat food and an otherwise bad diet of people food, please do not continue the cycle. (03/17/2009)

By tigra

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

My dog is really picky. He won't eat anything but peanut butter-flavored dog food. Try that. (03/17/2009)

By catastrofy

My Dog Won't Eat Dog Food

I had a really sick puppy whose mother died. I fed her K9 Puppy Gold Formula and found it at Pet Co. It was $20 but it was worth every penny. After 3 cans (some which I mixed with food and some by itself) she is finally out of the woods and on her way to a promising healthy life with her forever family. (06/10/2009)

By obeachgirl

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March 15, 20090 found this helpful

I have tried all kinds of food for my 1 year old Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog. He just won't eat dog food. He's not sick, just spoiled by me. Can any one suggest a solution?

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