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Old 02-10-2011, 01:48 PM
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Hey Guys/Gals,

i have had sissy from December 1, 2010 and she has always eaten her dog food we got her. We give her the benieful wet dog food that comes in that plastic tub container. She has always eaten the same food since then...but recently she has stopped eating it. We put it out and she sniffs and ignores it.

Why has she stopped eating it?

Its not her appetite either because she still eats her treats and cheese and people food (although we try not to feed her people food too often... mostly chicken etc.)
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Oh boy--time to change her food. There pretty much is nothing worse than Beneful...it is so full of corn and fillers and she will be much healthier on a better food.

I recommend either Fromm's Four Star Nutritionals Duck and Sweet Potato or the Pork and Applesauce Flavor, or the Chicken A La Veg.

Another good brand of food is Acana, by Champion pet foods.

My final recommendation would be to look into The Honest Kitchen, Keen -- this is a dehydrated raw food that is easier for them to process than a kibble.

Sure, plenty of dogs live long lives on really bad foods, but a chi is so small there is no excuse not to feed them healthy and nourishing. If you want to do more research, a good starting point is Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble ... You want her on a 4, 5, or 6 star food The others are full of empty fillers that provide little to no nutritional value.


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Definitely stop feeding Beneful. It's a very poor quality dog food. One of the worst! The link Kristi/flippedstars gave you will help you choose an appropriate dog food for Sissy. I'd stick with 5 or 6 star foods.
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Yup. What Kristi ^^^ said. I realize you posted because had a question about Sissy's waning appetite, and you weren't asking for dog food recommendations, but you brought up feeding her Beneful. Which is chock full of corn and fillers and lacks much of any nutritional value.

Here's the thing about a dog's appetite....any dog, not just Sissy. Unless a dog is actually ill, they are NOT going to starve themselves. They WILL eat when they're hungry enough even if it's food that's not their favorite, or not what they're used to. If Sissy is fed treats or any amount of table food, she's in all likelihood going to come to prefer that to her regular food, no matter what it is because it tastes better. They're called "treats" for a reason lol! They taste yummy! And most people food is going to have a lot more taste than any brand of dog food, wet or dry.

You first of all need to put your dog on better food. dogfoodanalysis.com has reviews and in depth analyses of the major brands of dog foods. Just as a point of reference, what you're feeding Sissy is in the 1 Star category. What a lot of us here feed our dogs is in the 6 star premium category...the highest rating you can get, and the healthiest for your dog.

After she's eating a better quality food, you need to put her on a feeding schedule if she's not already. Don't free feed her. 2X a day is enough. You don't mention her weights, but just as another point of reference, my dogs get 1/4 cup TOTAL food each day....that's 1/8 of a cup in the a.m. and 1/8 cup in the p.m. They weigh 3.5 lbs and 4 lbs respectively. Jazz is the four pounder, so she gets a slightly more heaped serving of kibble whereas Tango gets a level one...but still around 1/8 cup per meal, give or take several pieces of kibble They are HUNGRY when it's time to eat and because they are, they eat all their food at each serving. I'm not starving them, I'm simply not over-feeding them, just giving them the correct amount to keep them their ideal weights.

Typically if a dog becomes picky about their food, it's because they're just not hungry enough, so they're eating for taste, and NOT appetite.
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My sissy is 9 lbs.... she gets fed 1/4 of wet food and a little handful of dry food (which she always leaves, even if we stir it in...lol. smart dog. She gets fed 2x a day with 1-2 treats in the middle. She now has a nice ham bone to chew on too for entertainment.

I told my mom about what you guys said about the food and she was very surprised. With our last dog, he was allergic to his food so we ended up making his own food with healthy stuff, real pulled meet with a fork, rice and carrots... We made a ton of it. So we might go back to making our own food. (we also know that nothing bad is in it or recalled as far as dog food goes.).

I will also take a look at the other foods mention. We just thought if the first word was a meat and not meat by product it was good....
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If you are used to making your own dog food you may want to look into raw. There are lots of people here that feed it and some great threads on it. I know all their dogs look great and eat great too. I'm sure someone will come along to say more about it
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There are lots of very good healthy foods out there and they have a lot of good, healthy ingredients that she will love. I feed my Dazy "Natural Balance" Duck and Potato. They have it in ALL types of mixes. Fish/sweet potato, and many more. They even have it for dogs with allergies, etc....It is a good quality food and not as expensive as some others. But take your time and look at the ingredients on all the foods.
Best of luck... I'm sure you will find something she really loves
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Just a quick caution on home cooking.....

Yes it's great - BUT ... cooking does destroy nutrients and enzymes so you have to really research and be careful on the recipes you use. Just meat and veggies is NOT balanced. Where's the calcium? Supplements are REQUIRED on a home cooked diet. Do some reading and really be careful before you start cooking for Sissy. You won't be doing her any favors at all if you don't balance the recipes and could cause her harm.

Here's a good place to start ....

DogAware.com: Homemade Diets for Dogs

If you are used to feeding grocery store foods, it's quite a switch to trade up to a better diet, but it is definitely worth it!!! There's really nothing you can buy at Walmart or the grocery store that is worth feeding. Petco, etc. has some OK kibbles. The top of the line would be the champion foods (Acana, Orijen). Fromm does a good kibble also. The Honest Kitchen is a mix that you add water to that many people like and their dogs do well on.

If you are on a budget, I'd suggest Taste of the Wild which is a good grain free food. You can get it at TSC or feed stores.

But definitely dump the Beneful!!
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