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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Puppy barely eats. Advice, please!

We have a 17 week old puppy. We bought him 2 weeks ago. He barely eats anything. We kept him on the same food his breeder had him on, but he didn't seem to like it or eat it so we bought a different brand we thought he would like, but he is still barely eating it.

We've tried canned food too, but he wouldn't even touch it! I've tried mixing meat in with his food, broth, etc. but he spits out the kibble. I don't get it. Is he doing this because he's still adjusting to his new home? He gets plenty of exercise and water. He's with us all day long (I'm a stay at home mom). He goes out to pee and poop and comes right back inside.

He has an appointment on Saturday for his vaccines, so I am going to ask the Vet about it too. What can I do to help him eat more? Do we have to keep going through brands until we find one he likes? Right now we have Blue Wilderness puppy food.

Should we toss the kibble and go raw? If so, where do I begin?

He would go to town on the cat food if we let him, but it's been moved out of his reach after he scarfed the entire bowl twice, so I don't think it's a complete loss of appetite. He acts fine otherwise.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-10-2014, 12:58 PM
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It could be a medical issue so seeing your vet seems like a good idea to me.

How are you feeding him? Do you set the bowl down and leave it out hoping that he might eat some if you leave it there long enough? Some people call this "free feeding".

If yes, then I suggest stopping this practice. Instead, put his bowl down and if he doesn't eat within 10-15 minutes then pick up his bowl and try again at the next feeding time. No yelling or scolding--just pick it up. He won't starve.

My pup refused a meal soon after we got him. I picked up his bowl after 10 minutes. He ate fine that night--he was hungry. The next morning he walked away from his food again. After 10 minutes I went for his bowl. But this time he intercepted me and wolfed down his food before I could take it from him. He hasn't refused a meal since then.

I feed pre-made raw (K9 Kravings), Linus just loves it and he has been thriving on it. It's much easier than making your own raw food diet but it is more expensive. For more info, check out the raw forums on this site.

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Could it be from teething? Sore gums maybe?

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Maybe he is teething.......


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Maybe he is teething.......


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LOL same comment, same time, does that still qualify as JINX you owe me a drink?

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LOL same comment, same time, does that still qualify as JINX you owe me a drink?
Okay....that is too funny...because ...and I swear I am telling the truth...I was about to make a post which stated..." JINX" ...

You said it first, so I'm buying.


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Okay....that is too funny...because ...and I swear I am telling the truth...I was about to make a post which stated..." JINX" ...

You said it first, so I'm buying.


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That is funny!!
With the way my day is going... I will be right there! lol

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Wouldn't the canned food help if was teething. Not common to have a dog refuse canned food. I think you should try boiled hamburger with rice or boiled chicken with rice and see if he eats it while your waiting to see your vet. Let us know how it goes.

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Thanks, everyone. I'll stop leaving his bowl on the ground all day (yes, I was doing that). We'll see what the Vet says on Saturday.

I did make him chicken the other day and he ate it.
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Bring a stool sample to your vet if you can also.
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