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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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11 month has become a FUSSY EATER!

My dog has become a fussy eater.

Will turn her head away from moose meat. Sometimes even avoids cow heart. Seems to be holding out for liver!

I am trying a fussy eater program I read on the web where I offer her food for 5 seconds. If she does not eat, it gets taken away for another 12 hours.

If she eats part of it, she only gets HALF of what she ate at the next meal.

I started it yesterday and I can tell she's REALLY hungry now. She ate a bit last night, but refused again this morning.

Any tips? It's really annoying that I've turned her into a fussy eater without even realizing it!
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This is not normal. What are you feeding? Have you tried giving her something else?
Dogs will eat when hungry, unless the food is not agreeing with them.

Also, you say she has tearing and eye discharge.
Something is not agreeing with her, and that is why she will not eat it.
You need to find out what it is.

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Anyone else also have dogs who have tear tracks and eye buggers every single day since they were puppies?

The left eye seems to especially be prone to tearing. Eye buggers seem to vary in size/volume, depending on what she is eating (she is on a raw diet).

More eye buggers when she eats minced meat from the market; less eye buggers when she eats "organic" moose meat, etc. from a farm/wilderness.

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I am feeding her raw moose meat. Something she has loved for a long time but suddenly stopped eating.

She is finicky even with minced lamb meat and minced beef.

She eats cow heart, but even that will refuse unless she's very hungry.

Loves liver! Loves meaty bones!

Refused to eat again tonight so no food.

I'm assuming a healthy dog will not starve herself? Because there is NOTHING wrong with the moose meat I am giving her.
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Could she be going in heat? Fiona goes off food then.

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Could she be going in heat? Fiona goes off food then.
No, she's not about to go into heat.

I have read all over the web about how fussy eaters are actually holding out for tastier food and that owners cause them to become fussy by continually giving "better and better" food.

And I really get the feeling that she's trying to get liver and kidney (she loves these) and is holding out as long as she can.

She refused dinner again tonight. So she has basically only eaten a bit of moose meat last night and nothing else for the last 24 hours.

We'll see how long she can hold out like this, but it is incredibly annoying.

She is healthy is every other way. Tail wagging, running, playing, etc.
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Refused the moose meat again this morning!


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Could the meat have gone bad? One of our friends has a GSD mix that will refuse to eat meat that's partially spoiled (or starting to go bad).


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If she loves the liver, try grinding up a small amount of it and mixing it in her moose meat. The liver might just kickstart her appetite again.
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There is a reason she is refusing that particular meat. Dogs are pigs, they will Hoover anything, except when they sense that it is not agreeing with them.

You need to feed her something else.

Hans ate chicken enthusiastically, until it started making him sick, and then he would sniff and walk away.

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I do believe dogs have an instinct that lets them know if something isn't agreeable. I would never starve my dog into eating something they refuse.
Karlo loves pork, isn't big on beef, but will eat it. I know what he likes and what he'll just tolerate. Hates, and won't eat rabbit whatsoever, and I won't make him.

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