Dog Not Eating Well

We rescued this girl 6 months ago. She wouldn't eat the dog food the shelter had so I tried 6 others. She eats a bowl when she first gets it, but after that she'll go a week without eating. She's been checked by a vet. When she came home she had ring worm and hook worm, which is fixed. I don't know if there's something wrong. I tried mixing it with egg, gravy, so much stuff. She just won't eat. Please help! I love this dog sooooo much.


By Anna from MA

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January 6, 20130 found this helpful
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How old is the dog and have you had her teeth checked to make sure she doesn't have any broken or cracked teeth that make it hard to eat.

When ever I get a new rescue dog, for the first week, I actually hand feed it canned food and gradully add dry food. Some dog foods are better and though I prefer Lamb and Rice for my dogs, even mine snub it but know it's all they're going to get.


I had one rescue that I probably spent $150 before I found something she liked. She finally liked Kibbles and Bits but if you don't close the bag super tight, the food quickly dries out.

There were a couple of dogs who refused to eat any sort of dog food because they were use to eating out of trash cans and had to be taught to eat out of a bowl. With super fussy dogs I keep brown rice mixed with chicken in small containers in my freezer and even the fussiest of the rescues would eat it.

She looks like she may have some boxer in her and if her bite is off it may hurt her to eat and also check her teeth and make sure she doesn't have any dry kibble stuck between her them.

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Sounds like vaccine reaction (poisoning), allergic reaction, depression or perhaps just missing her family. What did the shelter tell you about her? If you check with a homeopath there is additional help. For now, no corn wheat or soy. All allergens. No safeway or other grocery store bought dog food. Google current ingredients in commercial pet food. Never any Walmart.


Shop Co-op, farm supply, please if you need kibble ... Diamond lamb and rice. Reasonable and first ingredient is lamb not corn. Some raw in diet keeps them healthy. Cooking a big pot is economical and lots more healthy. Things like organics are superior considering GMO"s have made food supply dangerous for all.

No vaccines as they contain mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, cross species animal rotting parts and pus, MSG and other harmful ingredients. If you have a Costco you would be amazed at the number of organics being offered. Shelf products, produce and even the freezer has organic frozen veggies that are like what came out of Mom's garden. Never buy anything from China, please. Exercise your baby, it is a great remedy. Long walks, a warm bed, decent food and being part of the family is the key. Keep me posted please.

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January 5, 20130 found this helpful

Try cutting up some rump or blade steak finely or a small amount of cooked chicken (no bones). Try mixing cooked meat with a little cooked rice, cooked carrot & gravy. Serve it warmed to let the fragrance out as they like to smell the food if you use tinned food warm in the microwave first (don't overheat).


Good luck

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Congratulations to you for giving this Rescue girl her "forever" home. But if she will not eat the Shelter food now how did she survive for so long before she came to you? Please seek another Veterinariany option and ask that her teeth be examined a scan and x-ray taken. She is not refusing food because she want's to. There's something bothering this sweet girl. Change your vet.

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