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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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We recently got a 4yr old Black GSD. She is a very wonderful dog. We have had her for about a week and a half. She seemed to start eatting her normal two bowls a day but then stopped. We tried to give her raw beef to see if that would help but now shes not eating anything and it appears that the raw meat tore her tummy up. Shes only eatten a few bites today but is drinking normally. Could the not eating the normal two bowls a day be because she is still new to our home along with I tried to change her diet abruptly?
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I would take her to a vet .

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I agree have a vet check her just to make sure but changing her food abruptly is not good either. I would feed her what she was eating before and slowly over a few weeks to a month change her to a better food if what she was getting before was not any good
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Before they were feeding her gravy train. The vet saw her last Wed and said she was healthy and his only complaint was a bit lean on the back side but its ok compared to being overweight. Granted though she also tested positive for heartworms so she is going in on Tuesday to get the treatment to get rid of them.
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the heartworms could be raising havoc with her and that may be why she isnt eating well.

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As long as she is drinking normally, and her tummy has settled down after the raw beef (it was probably too rich for her) and she is going to the vet on Tuesday for her heartworm - I won't be concerned. Put her regular food down at her meal times - leave it for about 20 minutes - and if she eats fine, if not, take it up and offer it again at the next meal time. Sometimes dogs get full, and aren't hungry. As long as they are drinking water and fine otherwise - it is not a concern. My Sting sometimes will skip a meal, then be hungry for the next. What isn't good to do is to right away offer something else if the dog isn't interested in eating , that can create a picky fussy eater.

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Just wanted to say that I hope your girls tummy issues clear up soon.

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Thanks for the well wishes. The vet said her heart and lungs sound great so its probably not a huge infestation. But I agree it could be causing her to not want to eat too well plus new home and there has been even more people over this weekend. Seven more to be exact that shes had to deal with lol. She went poop a few min ago and although soft and dark from the meat, at least it was solid. I did get her to eat a few bites of chicken and rich earlier and she ate a couple of bites of her gravy train. Hopefully soon she will eat full meals again. After the heartworm thing is all done we are gradually going to switch her to the Diamond Naturals we bought since its better for her.
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Getting her some Taste of the Wild this morning to see if she will eat that. Guess we will start with the salmon cause its not so high in protein content. Her stools are getting better. This morning it started out pretty solid and ended with a few drips.
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Be sure to tell your vet that she is off her food. It wouldn't be a good idea to begin heartworm treatment if your dog has another underlying problem.

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