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03-10-2014 11:11 AM
Zlata I should add that it's probably OK with some foods, especially if you don't use very hot water, and as long as it's not soaking for a long time. I know some dry kibble explicitly says on the packaging NOT to soak in water (I think due to concerns with the citric acid... I *think* Eagle packaging used to say that.)
03-10-2014 11:05 AM
Thesilentone I've just been sticking with the canned dog food mixed in with his regular kibble but only for the first meal, even if it's the cheap canned food and I try minimizing it because of that. I found that also putting his kibble in a Kong toy or treat ball helps, or simply just taking some pieces of kibble out of his bowl which sometimes works.

I never knew the bit about adding water to kibble though. I tried that once and he didn't care for it anyway.
03-10-2014 10:58 AM
Zlata That was per our vet when we were dealing with a terrible yeast infection. I think the reasoning is that water, especially hot water, can destroy the beneficial cultures in the food. We had been soaking his kibble (because, as I said, we had a finicky eater) and thought it would help. I guess not!
03-10-2014 10:46 AM
Galathiel Adding water to dry food destroys the integrity of the nutrients? Interesting. I'd like to read more on that if you have a link.
03-10-2014 10:27 AM
Zlata I had this fight with our GSD. Horrible, horrible... WHAT a picky eater. We tried multiple brands of food, watering the kibble (which can destroy the integrity of the nutrients, I hear, so be careful doing that), adding chicken broth to the kibble, mixing in parmesan cheese, bacon, wet cat food... You name it. We also tried 'tough love' where we sat down the bowl, let him have it for 10 minutes, and picked up what remained. He once went 4 days without touching his food!

The game changer for us was Tripett. It's a horrid, revolting, disgusting smelling thing (canned tripe!) but it's natural and doesn't contain any ingredients that irritate his yeast infections (which he gets often enough to be annoying.) A dollop of it mixed into his kibble has him gobbling down the whole bowl.

Meal time should not be a battle!
03-10-2014 08:38 AM
Fezzik von barry My 10 wk old will not eat anything more than a couple bites for the past few days maybe even a week now.. He just had his latest vet visit and got the all good cept that he could be heavier, ie needs to eat. When we picked him up we were giving TOTW with him and he was still picky with that so we grad switched to Blue Buf Wilderness. Liked it for a few days then stopped. Now we just got Merrick GF beef and forget about that. We've done the whole parm cheese, chicken broth, warmed it, etc. I really do not want to have to buy can food to get him to eat. I'm at lose. If he doesn't eat within 15 min I pick it up. But then next meal still barely nothing
02-05-2014 11:01 PM
doggiedad i top my dog's kibble most of the time with a large
variety of things. i switch his kibble often. i have
a variety of can food that i top his kibble with.

maybe your dog doesn't like the brand of kibble
you're feeding. switch brands.
02-05-2014 09:32 PM
ladyb My 15 month old is super picky..probably in part to her owner😆. I choose to top most of her kibble, even then I have to be creative. Always a good quality kibble, though the one time recently that she ate her kibble dry was a so-so rated kibble. She is currently turning up her nose at BB! Here are some things I frequently top with: canned food, leftover meats, rice, scrambled egg, even some veggies! She's pretty active, so sometimes I crate her and put her food in there, it seems to take away some of the distractions and many times she will then eat.


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02-05-2014 09:27 PM
Thesilentone
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Have you tried just adding water to the kibble, stir it up to make gravy, and let set for about 10 minutes; then feed? You say both dogs. Does the other dog eat this with no problem? You might just have a really finicky dog and only likes topped with canned food. A lot of people top their food to feed their dogs. A lot will say just set bowl down for 10 - 15 minutes and if he don't eat it remove food till next feeding "if he is hungry he will eat" I have tried this method myself and like you I didn't want my dog getting sick. "maybe try feeding at different times. Early in the morning, a little bit at lunch, then late in the evening. You will have to see what clicks with the problem dog.
The other dog is fine with what I give her. No I have not tried just plain water mixed in but I will give that a try also. I heard that shepherds are just commonly finicky breeds and guessing this is a problem for most.
02-05-2014 08:50 PM
Loneforce Have you tried just adding water to the kibble, stir it up to make gravy, and let set for about 10 minutes; then feed? You say both dogs. Does the other dog eat this with no problem? You might just have a really finicky dog and only likes topped with canned food. A lot of people top their food to feed their dogs. A lot will say just set bowl down for 10 - 15 minutes and if he don't eat it remove food till next feeding "if he is hungry he will eat" I have tried this method myself and like you I didn't want my dog getting sick. "maybe try feeding at different times. Early in the morning, a little bit at lunch, then late in the evening. You will have to see what clicks with the problem dog.
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