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Claudette
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Aug 01, 2016 at 20:09
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Anybody have a picky eater. My Ian is perfectly healthy but has become extremely picky. He is on a special diet for skin issues (allergies),and it is a good quality food.  He has just decided not to eat it so I have been addingcanned food which I know is not a good idea. I am giving in to him! Any suggestions. My vet says to hold out and he will eat. SO hard to do!!


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Iver and Sailor
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Aug 01, 2016 at 21:07
• David
(Washington)

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Sailor has food allergies, too.
I have him on one of the foods he can eat without allergies.
He is not thrilled by the food and only picks at it.
I put yogurt on his food, he is not allergic to dairy products.
He eats up the yogurt and eats up some of the kibble, too
but he always leaves some behind.
I just leave it on the floor and eventually he goes back to it and eats it all.
Just leave it out for Ian and he will eventually become hungry enough
to eat it. My vet has said there is no danger in a dog that doesn't eat.
So eventually Ian will eat his food when he's hungry enough.
Hope this helps

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Diana
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Aug 01, 2016 at 21:36
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We have a product called Nutrigel,it comes in a tube. I gave it to my girls when the oldest one developed pneumonia and refused to eat she also had vitamin B12 shots each week to stimulate the appetite. I also gave it to my 2nd Westie girl and then had to give a tiny taste to my puppy so she didn't feel left out. All my girls loved it. I tasted a tiny bit and it did taste good.

Both my older girls had skin allergies. I've posted a little info below.

A palatable high calorie dietary supplement for use in dogs and cats lacking adequate nutrition over a prolonged period of time. 

Composition: Contains Vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, Nicotinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium and Iodine in a palatable base consisting of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, providing approximately 1500 kilojoules of metabolizable energy per 100g.

A highly palatable source of calories and vitamins

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Patti and Molly
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Aug 02, 2016 at 09:10
(New York)
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I think it is more common for only furkids to develop the picky eater syndrome. No one challenging you for your dinner can lead to an entitled attitude.

I've had 2 Westies, and they've both been only children, and they've both been picky eaters.

I do what I can to provide a nutritious, tasty breakfast and dinner. I know I'd get bored if I had to eat the same thing every day. So we buy "good stuff" to mix in to the dry dog food. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

I know it is frustrating to see them pick at their food and walk away. But if they are otherwise healthy - shiny eyes, shiny coat, healthy weight - try not to let it bother you too much.

My current girl often gets picky at dinner. So if she hasn't eaten it by bedtime I throw it away. She's far less picky that next morning at breakfast. ;)

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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Aug 02, 2016 at 13:32
• Deborah
(Pennsylvania)

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Emmie works us for all its worth so she can get a bit of cut up chicken on top of her dry food...We're so soft, its pathetic...Thankfully, she isn't bothered by allergies, at least not yet.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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NimbySue
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Aug 02, 2016 at 16:43
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No allergies here but when we got Andrew he was very overweight and we put him on James wellbeloved dry food but it was very bland and as he was a rescue and they told us he would not eat dry food...well he did ! but we gave him some tasty nice wet dog meat with it and also I home cooked Boiled chicken white meat and gave him some of that with a wee Boiled brown rice...he now has a variety of meals to keep him happy and interested...we hope you find some different meats etc for Ian with his allergies,please let us know how he is doing...Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Gracie aka White Bullet
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Aug 03, 2016 at 05:45
• Ellen
(Connecticut)

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Mine has been picky from the day I brought her home at 8 weeks. She will leave dry kibble there for days... So, we have always put wet canned food (Wellness, Merrick) mixed in (few Tbs) or we mix in boiled chicken, lean steak, something that is healthy so she will et dinner. She will also eat only once a day, which is fine by us. This breed is a trip and I love it!!

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Charley
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Aug 03, 2016 at 09:52
• Teresa
(Missouri)

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Oh, my goodness. Yep! When Emme & Charley (both RIP) were here, they would leave their kibble there in each bowl for days, too. I'd finally mix in a cooked egg in with the kibble and they'd gobble it up. Silly pups!

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Moshe and Levi
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Aug 03, 2016 at 12:25
• Yoka
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Levi is picky also but the holistic no grain food I give him and his treats are all grain free .It is from FROMM and it is a family business that has never had a recall.
He loves  his food and the kibble is small.
He tries to beg often but he is doing so well on this food he has had no more allergy skin problems.
His blood was so good it could not be better the vet told me.so we are sticking with that.

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Caesar and Murphy Latham
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Aug 03, 2016 at 20:48
• Louise
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Oh yes my Caesar is a picky eater and he also plays it for all its worth. I have to add something special to get him to eat. Then he won't start eating until I stand behind him. That's what Murphy did after he gobbled down his dinner. Caesar still misses Murphy so. Louise, Caesar, and Angel Murphy

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