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05-14-2014 02:23 PM
carmspack most of what you have prepared will have the goodness cooked out of it, vital enzymes for one. The white rice has no value . Beans are not particularly nutritious , and all the remaining ingredients are high fiber , indigestible , almost anti-nutrients .

Get the best kibble you can . If the dog is that picky why not get a can of mackerel and blender liquefy that and pour onto kibble.
05-13-2014 11:53 AM
nezzz I got my pup to eat more by spreading out the breakfast, lunch and dinner into longer stretches, that way she finishes more portions of each meal. I'll see if this continues over the next few days.
05-13-2014 08:46 AM
sehrgutcsg Yesterday, I cooked up a new revised batch of my dog food additive. I cut out the carrots and replaced white rice with white potatoes. As Follows:

4 pounds cooked chicken, deboned, 2 hrs. 75% moist dark meat, 25% boneless breast. Seperate.

8 pounds white potatoes, 1 hour +. cut in half, left skin on.

1 pound of green beans. 40 minutes. smashed. veggies combined

1 pound of green peas. 40 minutes. smashed. veggies combined.

A few teaspoons of oilve oil in each pot, very small amount of salt, 1/8 teaspoon in 15 pounds.

When I boiled the potatoes, I added the chicken broth I had saved from before and added more water. I drained everything, mixed the entire batch and added back 3 cups of chick broth, froze in zip locks at 2 pounds each..

Kibble is not enough, it's there only for an easy deal. Most high quality kibble, don't have the nutrition that real food has, so mix it. Heck it only took several hours to prepair food, for my beast's, they desere it and so do your's > !!
05-13-2014 07:19 AM
Ganzuelo I have a 11 week old that's a very picky eater. I'm feeding him BB Large breed puppy and he wont eat it dry.

My vet also said he is underweight so we have started to mix in wet food. Pet SuperMarket had Evo 95% on sale so we got that and we mix about two spoonfuls into his food and he's eating it.

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05-12-2014 08:32 AM
carmspack the vet said "and the vet says I should be giving her 1 1/2 cups instead."

Volume increased , but what is the quality of the food?

I would tend to agree with the vet and breeder that this pup could stand some condition . Good quality protein is so important at this age to help build muscle and firm ligaments , which together stabilize joints , and to ensure an immune system up to the challenges of growth and vaccinations.

I am not talking about weight .
Both her sire and dam look like some strappingly healthy dogs -- but the sire is well covered (over weight)

What are you feeding her . If she can't finish her meals the dry kibble may have fiber or fillers which make her feel full .
05-12-2014 07:58 AM
sehrgutcsg Great looking line throughout. I would add chicken broth.. Try it, if it don't werk then you need to try something else. But, it's possible the vet is wrong, because the dog could be slow maturing. Bella at 20 weeks eats five - six cups easy per day and she's 50 pounds and on the slim side of life..
05-12-2014 06:26 AM
KayDub I agree she does seem pretty healthy regardless, I sometimes mix my pups food with some soft foods makes it seem more enticing to her. Instead of the water trick though, when my pup actually needed her food softened but I didn't want to feed her soft puppy food as it often causes diarrhea I used chicken broth. I wouldn't worry about it too much isn't like she's malnourished before you know it she'll be a big ol girl! My girl was 12.3 lbs at a little over 2 months old.
05-12-2014 05:14 AM
Alice13 In that case she might be too full when you feed her lunch. Maybe you should try cutting out her lunch n feeding her a little more for breakfast and dinner or maybe try spacing her meals out more. I agree with Sunflowers though. She looks fine.

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05-11-2014 10:45 PM
Sunflowers I think she's fine.
05-11-2014 10:43 PM
Originally Posted by Alice13 View Post
I think she's teething. Check her gums to see if there are any signs of bleeding or if any of her baby teeth are missing...Alice lost her appetite around 4 months old too when she started teething. She was skinny too, you could see the edges of her hip bones n she weighed only about 10kgs. Even now (5.5 months old), she only eats 3/4 to 1 cup twice a day and sometimes she does not finish her food or even worse does not eat at all. I heard they will teeth until 6 months. Most of Alice's teeth are in but every now and then I see blood on her gums. Try soaking her kibbles in warm water for about 20 mins before giving it to her n u can add some wet food to it. It helped with Alice but be careful not to spoil your pup with the wet food unless of course you are willing to buy her wet food all the time.

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My pup isn't teething yet, her teeth are still all there. She can still play tug and holds on strongly without feeling pain. I did the soaking the kibble in water trick too, doesn't really work though. She'll finish her breakfast and dinner but her lunch she totally leaves alone.
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