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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Puppies with no interest in food, any ideas?

I have a litter of pups that are 10 weeks old on Friday (my first, but not the first I have helped raise). They were all doing perfectly fine and normal until 8 weeks of age. I was feeding them raw up until this point, but always planned to switch them to kibble (as that is what I feed). At 8 weeks of age they had their second vaccination (a 5 way) and were microchipped. 1 puppy went to it’s new home that afternoon. The other 6 went out for their first run (in a place where I have run my adults for years) the following day. They seemed to take the switch quite well for the first couple of days, but slowly they stopped eating. The 1 pup that was sold, I am told is eating her dry with a little canned three times a day just fine. The ones that remained became less and less interested in food. Over a week ago we went to the vets and they were diagnosed with a bacterial infection in their intestine and sent home with 10 days of medication. This should have increased their appetite almost immediatly and it didn’t. He is a baffled as we are, as he says they are perfectly healthy. Healthy stools, temperaturer and attitudes (they are very playful and active).

At 8 weeks of age 2 went to the co-breeders house and she has been working with them. Those two will eat some meat, but only slightly pick at kibble. I finally decided to try putting them onto a bland diet to “reset” their system so to speak (I once had a dog who we had to do this with for over a month, as he had scarfed some rancid meat in a field). So I boiled up some chicken (in salt free chicken broth) and cooked some rice (in salt free chicken broth). They have finally settled down to eating that. I also leave kibble down in their pen at night and during the day when I am at work. They will pick at the kibble and once in a while eat it all ( 1 to 2 cups left in at a time), but their is no consistancy in their eating pattern.

They will eat one thing at one time, and not the next (canned dog food, canned cat food – to tempt them –, chicken topping on kibble"). I offered them a can of tuna one time and the took a couple of licks and nibbles and walked away. They don’t seem to eat anything with any real gusto, like I am familiar with, with puppies. I am at my wits end as what to try. Do I try a cold turkey effect. Offer them only what I am planning on feeding them (kibble with a topping) and if they don’t eat it in the 15 to 20 minute time frame, pick it up. And stick to my guns and see if they get hungry enough to come around?

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These are baby puppies and I think you need to get them eating no matter what because at this age proper nourishment is crucial. Have you tried different proteins/brands?

I suspect their tummies hurt from the infection. Are you sure they're over it? What was it? Did you give probiotics when they were on antibiotics? One thing you could do is to buy some kefir and add that to their food (or give it separately if they turn up their nose). You should also buy refrigerated probiotics and add those to something you know they will eat. You need to replace the good bacteria that the infection destroyed. I would also add a prebiotic like plain canned pumpkin.

Another thing you can try is to give them slippery elm about 20 minutes before they eat. This will coat their stomachs and may help with their appetite. Do not give that within 30 minutes of medication though as it's an absorbent.

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