We have a 4-5 year old female GSD – Bella (Isabella Shedmeister RubMyBelly French) whom we think has been altered (if that makes a difference). We adopted her about 6 weeks ago. The woman who found her (about 2 months prior) took her to the vet to make sure she was up-to-date on her shots and to give her a general checkup. The vet estimated her age at about 4-5 years old, said she was probably neutered and she tested "light" positive for heart worm, for which he prescribed a 6 month supply of Heartgard Plus.
When we first brought her home, she would not eat for almost 3 days. The woman we adopted her from had been feeding her Wellness Core Grain Free kibble so that's what we picked up, but she just would not eat. (Being naive, we also picked up some Iames but I quickly tossed it out after I did a little test and saw how much the kibble plumps up in water.) We finally got her to eat by boiling a chicken breast and rice and mixing it with her dry Wellness Core. Not knowing her feeding habits/schedule while she was growing up is really frustrating for my wife and I and I’m sure it is
We have since switched to 2 cups of the Wellness Core kibble and 1 can of Science Diet Adult Savory Stew with Beef & Veggies a day. I normally have to first hand feed her a meat chunk of the Science Diet before she'll eat, but lately that doesn't even help. Last week my wife picked up the Turkey flavor of the Science Diet by mistake and I thought we would have a challenge getting her to eat since she had been eating the Beef, but she went through 4 cans without issue – although, now that I think about it, she did start getting a picky on the fourth can. Now that she's back to the beef, after 3 or 4 cans, I've had trouble getting her to eat again. Normally the most it takes is waving the bowl of food under her nose and leading her over to her feeding area with it, but this morning we practically had to force a few bites of food into her mouth before she would actually eat. And, that was after not eating all day yesterday.
We are going to pick up a few cans of each flavor of the Science Diet and change flavors every other day.
(ETA) Something else I tried a couple nights ago was to add some Dogzilla Yum It Up Chicken flavor spread to her food and I didn't even have to hand feed the first bite to her. Before adding some to her food, I had tried waving the bowl under her nose, but anytime I put it under her nose she would just turn her head away. Then I remember how much she liked it when I added some Yum It Up to one of her chew toys, so I added it to her food. This time when I waved the bowl under her nose and then took it to her feeding area, she almost knocked me down getting to her bowl. My wife and I joked that the stuff must be crack for dogs.
Last edited by KennyFrench; 06-14-2012 at 11:13 AM.