Dog abruptly stopped eating her kibble

posted 10 months ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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hikingbride :  my dog has done that a few times. Once it was a cracked tooth (which you’ve already ruled out) and the other times it’s just boredom. We use Nature’s Domain food from Costco and typically buy the salmon flavor but will rotate in a turkey or beef bag now and then when he get’s bored. I also dollop a little yogurt or coconut oil on top sometimes as a treat. He often gets the toddler’s leftovers too lol. Honestly, even just a little water on the dry kibble will make soften the kibble and make a sort of gravy that might get her interested again! 

My dog basically free eats at this point. He gets two scoops a day (morning/dinner) but if he doesn’t eat it I leave it for him to snack on when he’s ready. He’s 85 pounds and just has never been a huge eater! 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

Have you tried giving her just rice and chicken?  My dog is a picky eater so sometimes when he’s not feeling well and doesn’t want to eat, I give him plain brown rice with chicken (cooked in chicken broth only) or with beef that’s been cooked in the slow cooker (with only beef broth).  I also recommend trying an egg over their food (I boil till the yolk is softly poached) my dogs love eggs so this motivates them to at least take a bite of food.

Another thing to try is, sometimes my dogs get an upset stomach or generally doesn’t feel good, and even with vet visits can’t figure out what’s wrong with them, I will give them one charcoal tablet (or half for my smaller dogs).  Their poop will be a dark color from the charcoal, but it does wonders for them.  The charcoal will pull out any toxins they have in their system and usually after 24 hours (sometimes much quicker) my dogs are right back to their old selves, if anything more energetic than before. I have a very close relationship with my vet and approves the use of charcoal and have recommended it to her patients whose dogs have similar issues like mine.  

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Try some warmed chicken broth. She might be just bored.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Have you considered feeding your dog raw dog food? It’s the only thing my princess will touch. The bonus is they poo and pee a lot less on a raw food diet. 

Post # 20
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Honey Beekeeper

Some dogs, including mine, are more finicky than others and go through periods where they don’t eat even when nothing is wrong. Don’t get into the habit of keeping food out. If it’s not eaten in a half an hour, take it away until the next meal. My dogs will occasionally skip a meal but when hungry, they eat. 

My vet says the grain free bandwagon is mostly hype and that grain allergy is uncommon. When allergies are present, they are usually to proteins such as beef or chicken.

There is some evidence that grain free diets are not good for most dogs and can lead to heart problems. 

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fdas-grain-free-diet-alert/

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

The last time our dog did this he had a gut problem. But you had yours checked out. And our dog is super into food so when he wasn’t interested in eating we knew something was up.

Did you check to see if the food was still good? Sometimes the food can go bad before the dog can eat all of it, or stale.  Or maybe try a smaller bag of the same food?

Post # 22
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Helper bee

My dog does this sometimes. 

I tend not to worry about it, she’ll eat when she realizes I’m not going to fawn over her. She’s always only ate one meal a day and sometimes skips it. Her weight and energy remain stable. 

In the past I’ve mixed a dollap of low fat cottage cheese and water with her kibs to get her to eat. That has always worked for her. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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hikingbride :  My dog did something similar. We ended up switching his food (for other reasons) and now he eats like a champ. We switched to Purina Pro Plan Savour. It has 2 different textures of kibbles, the hard bits and some soft freeze dried savory bits. Our dog goes nuts. 

Just as a fellow dog owner, I would recommend moving away from a grain free or boutique diet (small companies that do not test their food). They both have been linked to heart failure in dogs in the last year or so. Grain inclusive diets from the big brands are best. They do testing and have a vetrinary nutritionist on staff. 

Purina, Eukanuba, Royal Canin, Science Diet, and Iams are all good brands. 

https://academic.oup.com/jas/article/97/3/983/5279069

https://ccah.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk4586/files/inline-files/UPDATEDucd-diet-and-dcm-handout.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3feWFHV5sRUsTTFPjK99TxYbBU0zAc2uqejW6bMBfCxuNHqzhSTbN9pJE

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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weddingmaven :  Good job bringing this up too! So many people do not know the dangers. 

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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hikingbride :  my dog is 60-65 lb and only eats once a day, 2-3 cups max. After trying at least 5 brands unsuccessfully, I’ve found his favorite food brand is Whatever That Other Dog is Eating Right Now. He often eats around midnight. Unless, of course, ‘that other dog’ is eating now. Then it’s very important to eat that instead. If she’s checked out at the vet, I’d let her be for awhile and see what happens. It may be that now that she’s older, she’s less interested in constantly eating unless it’s special. 

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