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post #1 of 10 Old 08-23-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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My dog eats better than I do / Difficult dog to feed

I just ordered a few pounds of deer meat and picked up a box of The Honest Kitchen Preference, a dehydrated base mix made with sweet potatoes, organic alfalfa, coconut, pumpkin, celery and more.

My little shelter rescue mutt is an extremely finicky eater with food allergies. We've tried everything from limited ingredient kibble (Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Natural Balance) to frozen raw food (Nature's Variety, Primal). Either she's allergic to it, she won't eat it, or she throws it up.

Mixing the Honest Kitchen dehydrated fruit & veggie mix with water and lightly cooked venison is so far the ONLY thing I've found that she will readily eat and not react to. Oh, how these little furry critters can sometimes be so complicated..

Anybody else have difficult to feed dogs and/or dogs that eat better than they do?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-23-2013, 04:40 PM
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I had a difficult dog. She would sniff her food and walk away. We were so worried as she didn't eat for a couple of days.

Then we toddler trained.

If she didn't eat it in half an hour, we took it away. She went four days with no food. We had her at the vet, no health issues. She learnt the hard way that eat it whilst it is there or you get nothing.

I am not one for starving my animals by any means, but she was too smart for her own good. Broke the habit though.
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I have one dog that's like that - the others would eat anything you threw at them
Snoopy is convinced he's a human I'm sure and never socializes with the other dogs at all other than to boss them about in the way a human might
He will eat tinned dog food though and he picks at some dry dog foods but given the choice would rather have anything we eat.
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If she didn't eat it in half an hour, we took it away. She went four days with no food. We had her at the vet, no health issues. She learnt the hard way that eat it whilst it is there or you get nothing.

I am not one for starving my animals by any means, but she was too smart for her own good. Broke the habit though.
I tried that with Lily shortly after I got her, before her food allergies had been diagnosed. She went two and a half days without food at one point. Unfortunately most of her issues are caused by allergies, so that method didn't do anything to help her. It just made her hungry and miserable.

Glad to hear that it worked for you and your doggie got her food issues figured out! :)

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I have one dog that's like that - the others would eat anything you threw at them
Snoopy is convinced he's a human I'm sure and never socializes with the other dogs at all other than to boss them about in the way a human might
He will eat tinned dog food though and he picks at some dry dog foods but given the choice would rather have anything we eat.
Lily is very much the same way! I'm convinced she thinks she's a small furry person. She would rather be with humans than dogs any day.
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Research crock pot cooking for pets and raw diets, I would try one of the two on her.
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My dog was really picky too-- when I got her the old owner gave me a big thing of her food- it had jerky type dehydrated meat pieces in it and everything else made her puke- even table scraps-- I switched her to diamond brand because its got a lot of protein and she's a real active dog and she does good on it.

Whats your dog allergic to?

I used to have a shar pei that had food and skin allergies- I feel your pain!
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Try regular dry dog food with NO soy meal. That is the culprit that is causing many dogs problems.
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THK seems great. I know a lot of dogs that LOVE it.
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Research crock pot cooking for pets and raw diets, I would try one of the two on her.
Will do! Thanks for the suggestion.

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Whats your dog allergic to?
She has reacted to foods with soy, wheat, rice, chicken, turkey, beef, and lamb.

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Try regular dry dog food with NO soy meal. That is the culprit that is causing many dogs problems.
Yep, we steer clear of anything with soy.

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THK seems great. I know a lot of dogs that LOVE it.
She LOVES THK. I'm so glad I decided to give it a try!
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I had a sheltie that was allergic to red food dye. At the time, (this was before there was a lot of variety for dogs with allergies, etc.) we had a heck of a time finding a food that didn't have dye. And then she also ended up being allergic to plastic. It took us forever to realize it was the plastic bowl and not the food causing her issues that time. Stainless steel bowl and specialty food and she was good to go. Unless she napped on my bean bag chair, which was plastic. *sigh*. Then her hair would fall out and she'd get a rash. I ended up having to sew it a thick fabric cover. The things we do for our dogs.

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