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Adopted Dog Will Not Eat?

We have just rescued a dog from the dogs home. He is 4 years old and we have had him just over the week. He eats very little in relation to what it says on the packet he should be eating and never finishes the bowl. Now on day 8 he is being sick which is only bile.

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I once adopted a dog whose owner had passed away. He would not eat a thing. I offered boiled chicken, etc. He refused. After several days I happened to be cooking a T bone steak and saw his nose twitching like crazy. He was no doubt quite hungry by then. I offered some bites and he accepted them. This seemed to cause him to see me as his new owner and settle in. And no, I did not have to feed him steak after that. It's likely your new dog has an adjustment problem. Try something he can't refuse. Hopefully he will relax and be able to eat once he's not so stressed and feels at home.

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It sounds like your dog is getting dangerously sick. Have you chosen a vet or have a vet you used before? If so, call the vet and ask what to do. If you don't have a vet, ask neighbors for a recommendation or ask the previous owner. You can also call your local SPCA for free advice.

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What did the previous owner feed the dog? How about giving him/her some of your dinner. Pour a little chicken or beef broth on kibble. Buy different flavors of canned dog food and offer many choices.

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Try warming & mashing his food first as the smells make the food more tempting. Try lightly sprinkling his food with dried liver dust or pieces - [ this can be bought from the pet shop - known as liver sprinkle ]. Not too much liver as for some dogs this can cause soft stools. Maybe your dog has a health problem or bad teeth.

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