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Old 02-24-2010, 04:58 PM
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I have been having a really hard time getting my little one to eat. She is on Innova Adult Small Bites. Especially in the mornings, she will do whatever she can to avoid eating. At night is slightly easier.

I have heard that changing a dog's food just spoils them, and I am happy with Innova and she seems to like it from time to time too, just sometimes she really will just walk away.

She is really thin and NEEDS to eat, but if I do little things to make it more appealing to her, aren't I just letting her wrap me around her little paw?

She doesn't get any table scraps really, and has only healthy treats too... what's her deal?!
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:25 PM
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When we adopted a 5 week old chi boy with birth defects, it was difficult to get him to eat. Since he weighed only 9 ounces when we brought him home, we knew it was critical that we get food in him.. I used Nutrical supplement twice a day to stimulate him to eat. I would put it in the roof of his mouth with my finger and he had no choice but to eat it.. Then I would feed him wet puppy food mixed with crushed puppy kibble in the same manner of putting it in the roof of his mouth with my finger.. Once he began eating in this way, he would then eat some on his own. It was a tedious process, but without a doubt, is what kept this little guy alive, as his breeder did not feel he would make it. He could only walk on his knees when we got him, had a severe curvature in one of his front shoulders which made one front leg shorter than the other. Nerve damage in his neck caused his muzzle and mouth to be out of line.

I am happy to say that little Bandy is alive and well, will be 4 years old soon, weights 5.4 pounds and is my spoiled little boy! He still walks with a pronounced limp, has a crooked little mouth, takes anit-inflammatory and pain meds as needed.... but is a very happy little guy!
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When we adopted a 5 week old chi boy with birth defects, it was difficult to get him to eat. Since he weighed only 9 ounces when we brought him home, we knew it was critical that we get food in him.. I used Nutrical supplement twice a day to stimulate him to eat. I would put it in the roof of his mouth with my finger and he had no choice but to eat it.. Then I would feed him wet puppy food mixed with crushed puppy kibble in the same manner of putting it in the roof of his mouth with my finger.. Once he began eating in this way, he would then eat some on his own. It was a tedious process, but without a doubt, is what kept this little guy alive, as his breeder did not feel he would make it. He could only walk on his knees when we got him, had a severe curvature in one of his front shoulders which made one front leg shorter than the other. Nerve damage in his neck caused his muzzle and mouth to be out of line.

I am happy to say that little Bandy is alive and well, will be 4 years old soon, weights 5.4 pounds and is my spoiled little boy! He still walks with a pronounced limp, has a crooked little mouth, takes anit-inflammatory and pain meds as needed.... but is a very happy little guy!
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Thank you, but we are the lucky ones to have Bandy.. Full of spit and vinegar that little guy and very attached to his momma..lol
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The little dog I found would not eat, either. I added a little low sodium chicken broth and heated in up in the micro for 10 seconds. Now he eats like a pro. Today, I bought some canned to mix in as I don't like the added salt. He didn't like the wet food at all. I fed some to my other dogs and he decided to try it. So now he ate all the wet and left the kibble. lol
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