(Closed) Why won’t my dog eat?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you think it’s possible that the newer food keeps her fuller for longer? I mean, she is still using the bathroom so I’d assume she’s okay. But I think you should go with your gut if you’re worried.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

She may not like the food. You can also add warm water, apple sauce, pumpkin puree (not pumpkin-pie mix) or some kind of gravy on it. The only thing with adding those things is you might have to start doing it all the time or once you stop she’ll stop eating again. It is very odd for pugs to not eat so you might want to give your vet a call anyway.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Does she seem stuffed up at all?  I know pugs can have some difficulties with smelling and sense of smell is an important part of a pooch eating.

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

She may not be too crazy about the change in food. It’s like humans, if we LOVE cheeseburgers we gobble them up when they are infront of us but if someone serves us something we don’t like that much, we usually pick at it. You could try adding some beef flavored baby food into her food and see if that helps. My chi is really picky about food and I have found what seems to help is adding some of that in from time to time to spice things up. If not, I suggest you switch food brands to maybe something she likes a little bit better.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Bostongrl25:You mentioned she was checked out by the vet, did they check for worms during that visit and/or did they give her any medications or supplements that she is currently taking? Also, as someone previously posted, she may no longer be crazy about the food. Often when presented with a new food dogs do seem to be excited simply because it’s new, I’ve been through this on many occasions, but as suggested above adding those extras to the food should determine that for you. Sour cream is also great to create interest along with all of those mentioned above. 

Blue Wilderness imo would be a more filling brand vs IAMS. She may just be finicky. 

Good luck and keep us posted! 

P.S I takes a long time for dog to starve 😉

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I saw PP said something about baby food which is fine, but make sure it doesn’t have onion powder in it. It can be very dangerous for dogs to eat onion powder.

And plain yogurt is good to add too. I worked at a boarding facitlity for over 2 years so we had to get creative sometimes when dogs wouldn’t eat so I know lots of tricks lol

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Assuming it’s not health related, I would be careful about working too hard to make the dog eat.  It’s completely possible to spoil a dog to where they refuse to eat unless it’s made special in some way and that’s REALLY not something you want to deal with. 

Another consideration?  I fed my 90 lb. dog about as much as you were feeding.  We now have a Corgi and they should get about a cup a day total as adults.  Like Pugs, they are prone to obesity. I would hazard a guess you’re overfeeding and she’s self regulating.  Blue Buffalo IS more nutrient dense than IAMS.  Like @MrsPinkBONBON: said about cheeseburgers, the not-as-great foods (like Iams) often taste better just like human junk food.  Higher quality foods won’t have that fat added in just for taste (and to cover up the corn and other grain by-products that dogs wouldn’t normally eat.) 

If it were me, I would let her eat what she wants and keep an eye on her condition.  If it deteriorates then I would worry but for the most part, if she’s hungry she’ll eat.  Here’s a body condition chart.

And to add to what sdrury said, also avoid garlic, grapes and raisins.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Almost ALL dog food bags say you should feed way too much.  Only feed as much as needed to maintain a healthy body weight.  The bags said my 90 lb. dog should get 4-5 cups a day.  He got 2.  If I fed him an extra 1/4 cup a day for a couple days in a row you could see him gaining weight within a week.  It was crazy. 

You’re feeding a dry food right?  Is there a reason you’re throwing food away?  Our Corgi puppy (10 weeks) currently doesn’t eat nearly as much as I expected him to at this age but I just leave out what he doesn’t finish and he usually comes back to it later.  A dry kibble isn’t going to go bad and as long as you don’t have other pets that might steal it, I would just leave it out to finish on her own time. 

ETA: Again, it’s about Corgis though I’d imagine a lot holds true for Pugs, this thread discusses it a lot.  You’ll also see a number of people advocating feeding adult dogs just once a day.  While that’s not currently what I do, it seems to be an increasingly popular thing.  Although for that matter, our other dog – an 8 year old pit bull, often doesn’t really eat his breakfast and prefers to wait to eat at night.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oh, and I meant to mention that some dogs just don’t do well on certain foods.  My 90 lb. eat-everything-and-do-well vacuum refused to eat Pro Pac and did poorly on Canidae (a quality food that the picky pit bull does well on.)  So it’s certainly possible just to get a bad match but in your case I think it’s probably just quantity.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am not familiar with Blue Wilderness.  Are you feeding her canned dog food or dry?  If it’s dry dog food, I don’t understand why you’re throwing food away.  If she doesn’t eat it, pick it up and offer it to her at the next meal.  Like Caitlanc said though, I think you are just overfeeding her and she’s full.  My dog is right around 80 pounds and he get about the same amount that your 26 pound dog if you’re feeding 3/4 cup twice a day.  If she is not lethargic and is drinking, playing, and pooping normally, she is probably just not hungry.

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