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Old 12-09-2013, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1 1/2yr old female GSD, who has been and is continuing to be an extremely picky eater. She was the runt of the litter, and we were told she would never get very big. She only weighs approx. 40lbs right now and I am trying to add some weight on her with the winter months here. I started her off with Purina Puppy Chow and gradually moved her into Purina Dog Chow. She will eat new dog food for about three days, then seems to get bored with it. I have went from purina, kibble & bits, iams, pedigree, diamond, beneful and just recently blue buffalo and currently Solid Gold Wolf King. I have tried getting wet food and mixing it, and it only lasts a few days. I have noticed if I give her raw meat she will eat that or if I give her an egg over her food she will try and lick the food dry without actually eating it. I am concerned for her and just want her to be at a healthy weight. any suggestions or advice is appreciated!
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I have a 1 1/2yr old female GSD, who has been and is continuing to be an extremely picky eater. She was the runt of the litter, and we were told she would never get very big. She only weighs approx. 40lbs right now and I am trying to add some weight on her with the winter months here. I started her off with Purina Puppy Chow and gradually moved her into Purina Dog Chow. She will eat new dog food for about three days, then seems to get bored with it. I have went from purina, kibble & bits, iams, pedigree, diamond, beneful and just recently blue buffalo and currently Solid Gold Wolf King. I have tried getting wet food and mixing it, and it only lasts a few days. I have noticed if I give her raw meat she will eat that or if I give her an egg over her food she will try and lick the food dry without actually eating it. I am concerned for her and just want her to be at a healthy weight. any suggestions or advice is appreciated!
I had some luck with parmesan cheese, lol, sprinkled a bit over every meal for a while and my dog had to eat all the kibble to get to all of the powdery cheese. I stopped doing that when I bought variety pack cases of wet dog food, I used kibbles and bits because it had a lot of gravy, big chunks of meat and veggies. I used a different flavor can every day and mixed it up, that seemed to help. Also I think it's avoderm that has a rotation diet dry kibble that's like three different flavors and you can switch flavors quickly without having to mix the old and new kibble. If your dog likes raw meat have you thought of trying a raw diet?
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go to the Vet to rule out anything medical. switch brands again.
top the kibble with can food, salmon oil, fresh, meat, chicken, fish,
organic yogurt, etc.
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Is she an unhealthy weight? What does your vet say about the weight. Some dogs are just smaller.


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The last time I took her was the beginning of summer and they said she was healthy. But she was about 20lbs heavier. I don't know much about the raw diet at all. I will definitely try some canned food with her dry food


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She's lost 20 pounds? You need to get back to the vet, unless she's a peanut and was obese at 60 pounds...

If the vet clears her then I'd just get a good FATTENING kibble she likes, there are higher calorie blends, and just keep adding different stuff. If it's human food she needs in the mix then it would be human food. If it's ground meat then ground meat. Spagetti? Pizza? Cheese?

Here's a listing of kibble with calories --- > Dry Dog Food Calorie Count - Petfinder

Did you see all the recommendations here? --> Pup doesn't want to eat (picky eater?)
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I know this is a little hard to see but this is how small she is extremely picky eater..need advice!-imageuploadedbypg-free1386710825.649637.jpgextremely picky eater..need advice!-imageuploadedbypg-free1386710873.284006.jpg


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I thought I replied but now I can't find my message. As you can see she's smaller, so the vet has never really said anything about her being underweight. We've been getting good with high protein percentages but I will definitely look into that list and try some other options!


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