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Old 04-08-2015, 05:24 PM
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We just (on Monday - two days ago!) adopted a rescue Chi. She is 3 yrs old and about 6 pounds. BUT, she needs to gain about half a pound, looking at her very skinny belly and her ribs. She is quite thin. She was raised with very large dogs and did not get to eat much due to dominance of the other, bigger dogs. Her tail has a crook in it, as well, because a big dog bit her once and it was never repaired. It is healed but now forever bent. So I do know she had issues eating before. We don't have any other dogs - just a cat.

Anyway, she won't eat kibble. She'll eat the CAT kibble, any table foods we give her (which we do not want to start on THAT!) but she will NOT, NOT, NOT eat dog kibble.

We have tried both the brand and flavour the rescue had her eating as well as two other brands. Nothing....she's not interested.

She is otherwise quite fine. She is friendly, happy, wagging her tail and running around, whines when we leave, acts like a lunatic when we return.....she seems like quite a well-adjusted dog considering she has been in three homes (her original home, the foster home and now ours) in the past 6 weeks. Poor soul.

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What food is she on?
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She is on GO Salmon recipe:

Salmon Dog Food | Petcurean GO! Sensitivity + Shine

We tried this because this is what she was supposedly eating at the foster home. We have also tried the GO brand lamb formula. And then, we tried Performatrin brand dog food (made by Pet Valu - it is very highly rated as excellent nutritionally).

She won't eat any of the above.

But, currently she IS eating the Performatrin brand cat food.
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It looks like good food, but maybe it'll help to switch to another brand. Maybe if she doesn't like another brand, you can try canned food. It might even help to add canned food to the dry food to make it more appealing.

You can also try Ziwipeak.

In addition, it'll definitely help to keep her away from eating the cat kibble. If they had a choice, all dogs would prefer cat food to dog food. It may be filling her up and also making her dog food seem less appealing. It's also not healthy for her.
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You can also try Ziwipeak if it's not too expensive for your budget.
Cost is not a factor for us. Our last dog was a twice-a-day insulin injection Miniature Pinscher and I made alllll her food. So, actually just being able to actually go out and BUY food is both a time-saving luxury and a cost savings to us! Pretty much any dry food will be far less expensive than the cost of making all of a dogs food!

But, meh, I loved her so I never saw it as either expensive or time-consuming. Her name was Bella.

Anyway, back to the topic...sorry, I got a little off topic thinking about her. I still miss her every day. It's been about two months since she passed.

I will have to look for Ziwipeak as I have never heard of that.
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It'll definitely help to keep her away from eating the cat kibble. If they had a choice, all dogs would prefer cat food to dog food. It may be filling her up and also making her dog food seem less appealing. It's also not healthy for her.

I hope you can find some kind of food she likes.

If you go with Ziwipeak, you might have to order it online.

Bella sounds like she was a really lucky dog .
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Mine love Ziwipeak,5* food
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Personally I would never feed kibble, there are loads of better choices available.
The kibble manufacturers have spent years brain-washing us into believing it is the best thing to feed a dog, is necessary for good health, etc etc and it simply isn't true.
Ziwipeak is a great dried food, or there are good wet/canned foods and frozen options too.
You will definitely be able to find something that is really good for her that she really loves.
Have a look at dogfoodadvisor.com it is an American site but many of the brands will be available in Canada.
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