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Old 12-02-2013, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an almost six month old German Shepherd female. Lately, she has been refusing to eat. She gets fed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Some days she eats one meal, some days she eats half a meal, and some days she just refuses to eat at all. We've switched her food twice now and it hasn't helped. (We switched it gradually by mixing the food together). She is currently on blue buffalo wilderness puppy. We also tried putting wet food in with her dry and that didn't help. The only way I can get her to eat is if I feed her food by hand in pieces, because then she thinks that it's treats and not her food. What should I do? We asked her vet and the vet said as long as she isn't losing weight, she'll be okay. But I'm worried that if she isn't eating, she's not going to grow correctly.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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whats her current weight and food intake in cups per day on average?
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She's about 53 pounds currently. We give her 3 1/2 cups of food a day total, which is the recommended amount on the bag for her age and weight. On a good day, she eats about 1 1/2-2 cups. She usually never eats the whole 3 1/2 cups.
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As long as there is no medical issue going on that requires a vet, she may just be a picky eater. And she also may require a bit less food anyways. Every dog is different.

If you have a piece of chicken/cheese/roast beef.... will she eat that? Cause if she will, welcome to the Wonderful World of a Picky GSD! Not uncommon in our breed and I have one too.

Since I'm on my 2nd picky eater I decided with the first that mealtime isn't a battleground and I don't have to 'Win'. For me, my dogs eating their 2 meals a day is a win, not me picking up their food for a week each time they fail to eat it and just walk away. I don't win if my dogs don't eat.

There are great hints and tips to get our picky eaters more interested in eating their meals so we also can go on with our day --> Pup doesn't want to eat (picky eater?)

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As long as there is no medical issue going on that requires a vet, she may just be a picky eater. And she also may require a bit less food anyways. Every dog is different.

If you have a piece of chicken/cheese/roast beef.... will she eat that? Cause if she will, welcome to the Wonderful World of a Picky GSD! Not uncommon in our breed and I have one too.

Since I'm on my 2nd picky eater I decided with the first that mealtime isn't a battleground and I don't have to 'Win'. For me, my dogs eating their 2 meals a day is a win, not me picking up their food for a week each time they fail to eat it and just walk away. I don't win if my dogs don't eat.

There are great hints and tips to get our picky eaters more interested in eating their meals so we also can go on with our day --> Pup doesn't want to eat (picky eater?)

Thank you for that information. I'll try some of those tips. I'm not really sure if she's picky or not though because we don't feed her a lot of human food. But I will definitely look into some of these suggestions and see if that will get her to eat. I just hate that she won't eat. Someone else suggested that she may be teething and we should try just plain wet dog food, would that be a good option?
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I wouldn't do just canned food. I sometimes add alittle beef broth on top of their food as well.
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Is she showing ribs? If not I wouldn't stress it too much. Does she have a free feed bowl?
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Is she showing ribs? If not I wouldn't stress it too much. Does she have a free feed bowl?
She's not showing ribs. But she hasn't been gaining weight. We tried not to do a free feed but when she started to not eat, we just started to leave the food she doesn't eat in the bowl so she can eat later if she wants. Is that bad?
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I wouldn't do just canned food. I sometimes add alittle beef broth on top of their food as well.
Okay. We'll definitely try that. Is there any other food brands that you can recommend if the tips don't work? We want something with the same nutritional value or better than blue buffalo if we do switch.
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I wouldn't be super concerned if she isn't showing ribs 53 pounds at that age as a female sounds normal. Just because she isn't hitting the recommended feeding on the bag is no reason to be concerned. She's a shortcoat or long?
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