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Old 09-30-2015, 07:57 PM
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Ok so a long time ago I used to feed Vida those Beneful by purina before I found out they were really unhealthy! I have since been feeding her Fromm brand dog food which I only will get the grain-free ones as they are the best. I am comfortable with buying them for her now, however it seems like dinner time is just so boring for her.. ...which is frustrating given I spend so much on the high quality stuff now..

I also do give her the Fromm brand cookies/biscuits for when I leave her home alone so she gets excited for when I leave haha. Is there something I could make pretty cheap to help her like her dry food again? The Fromm brand canned food is just so expensive and does not last given the can size. idk. maybe somebody else has a nice cheap way to keep dinner time fun for your chi friends?.. How do you keep a chi happy with the same food ( I switch flavors after each 4lb bag!) day after day?
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I use Stella's as a topper. I even use the Stella's carnivore crunch as a topper from time to time. Something else you could do is add some fresh green beans, carrots, blueberries and any other foods that are safe for pets. I wouldn't do this every meal, as to keep her from the expectation of human food with her food. But maybe doing this with one of her meals per day will help spice things up.
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You could try putting the food in games or in a treat ball. I do this for Honey because she can literally only eat one certain kibble and nothing else bc of her ibd
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I wouldn't want to eat dry biscuits day in day out either. This is one of the reasons I would never feed kibble.
Add some fresh food, meat or veggies, or some canned or freeze dried. Switch the flavours up, dogs need variety too.
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Ugh so hard sometimes! Our dogs get a base of kibble, and we have always mixed it with some canned food to liven it up and get the best of both worlds. We make sure to mix up the canned flavours each time we need a new can, to try to keep them interested.

We've run into a whole new level of problems though with Tinkerbell. About a year ago she came down with chronic pancreatitis and we had to switch her over to veterinary low-fat food to keep her from flaring up. She loved it for a few months, but the novelty has worn off. I can't blame her, the stuff looks and smells atrocious lol. We do the same thing with her - switch her around on the few different canned food and two different kibbles available, but I imagine they're all much the same given how specific a food it is. When she REALLY isn't excited and just won't eat, I'll sneak in a bit of boiled plain chicken, ground beef, etc. Sometimes I'll pop in a couple of the regular kibbles her brothers eat because she likes those, but have to be careful because of the fat content. Veggies and fruit, if your dog likes them...just a little something that you know they love to entice them and perk up meal times a bit.
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I followed Chilub04 advice Stella Chewy Mixer and mix it with the kibble. I was also using wet food to mix w/the kibble but they would get bored or waste have the kibble finding away to just eat what was wet. I am sold on the Stella Chewy Mixers- I split two scoops for my four Chi's- I have never seen my senior Chi's lick their bowl and they are so excited now when I feed them.
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I followed Chilub04 advice Stella Chewy Mixer and mix it with the kibble. I was also using wet food to mix w/the kibble but they would get bored or waste have the kibble finding away to just eat what was wet. I am sold on the Stella Chewy Mixers- I split two scoops for my four Chi's- I have never seen my senior Chi's lick their bowl and they are so excited now when I feed them.
Oh this is heart warming news. I'm so glad your babies are enjoying their new food, I hope they continue to. I know how frustrating it can be trying to find a food that suits all of your dogs. I have a picky eater myself, I've been feeding her Stella's for nearly 2 years with great results. We switch proteins every time we finish a bag.

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Dorothy is extremely fussy. When we got her in April (two years old) she was extremely thin. You could see all her vertebrae and her pin bones. At first I was very angry that someone let her starve like that. But it didn't take long for me to figure out that she just won't eat most commercial dog food. I am a big organic, high protein, little crap eater myself and always bought high quality pet food. But, nope, she would eat none of it.

My last dog, Bella, was a diabetic on insulin. She also flared with pancreatitis that almost killed her. When she became diabetic I was unhappy with control methods on commercial foods (how carbs can change without you knowing) so I started making her a home-made diet. She was the best regulated diabetic the vet had ever seen.

Anyway, when Dorothy would not eat I went back to making home-made food and she now eats much better. She still has what we call "food" or "non-food" days but overall she's a good eater and of normal weight now. I also switch stuff up so she gets a rounded diet that is balanced and yummy.

Maybe try a home-made diet and see if she'll eat that.
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