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Hello guys.. so i recently got a doberman. This will be my second one. The first was xena but she got out and was hit buy a car 😞. My friends roommate had her brother but can no longer take car of him. Never could have taken car of him in my opinion. So im taking over. Hes a bit skinny and you can see his ribs. Not a whole lot but you can see them. The previous owner says he hardly eats and throws up. And has found dead animals laying around. I can't afford to take him to vet atm. But i plan on it in about a week. He honestly seems ok. He doesn't lack energy or seems in pain. The only problem ive noticed is he won't eat dry dog food. He won't even eat human food. I tried giving him a weenie but he would just smell it. And I gave him some fries from wataburger but he didn't eat them either. He will however eat wet dog food. Is he just a picky eater? What can I do to get him to eat dry dog food? Please help!
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I'd wonder about a number of health issues including dental. Can you check his mouth, and do his teeth look OK? How old is he?
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I'd wonder about a number of health issues including dental. Can you check his mouth, and do his teeth look OK? How old is he?

He is about 5 years old. Not sure how to tell if his teeth are healthy. But his gum do look a little pale.
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I'd suspect that the unwillingness to eat anything other than canned food (dog food?) is probably a training issue and since you can't take him in to a vet to have him checked over right now I'd start coverting him to eating kibble. One of the problems with only canned food is that it's not high in caloric value and you can go broke feeding a adult male Doberman enough wet food to keep weight on him.

I'd start by picking a dry food (kibble) of reasonably good quality and start by adding a few (and I really mean that--five or six kibbles--to his next meal--with every meal I'd add a few more kibbles (how often is he being fed?--twice a day would be the normal routine for a five year old Dobe) until you get up to the point where he is eating at least 3/4 of a cup of kibble mixed with his wet food (mix thoroughly so he can't just eat the wet and leave the kibble) per meal. Then start reducing the amount of canned food, slowly and continue to increase the kibble until he is getting around 2 cups of kibble with a little (very little) wet food added, just for flavor, mixed in well. I'm guessing that it would take upwards of a month or more to make this sort of transistion.

What I can see of his teeth look pretty good for a dog who is eating exclusively wet food. The incisors clear back to the canines are clean and white--but a vet is going to look further back in his mouth to see what the premolars and molars look like as well.

I feed a Purina produce as my go to food. Purina ProPlan Focus--it comes in several varieties--Sensitive Skin and Stomach (salmon and rice), or chicken and rice and the Focus is also available as Sport 30/20--any of these do a good job but you've got your work cut out for you teaching a dog a whole new kind of food and eating. I'd try a small bag first but just remember this transition isn't going to be an overnight cure.

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I'd suspect that the unwillingness to eat anything other than canned food (dog food?) is probably a training issue and since you can't take him in to a vet to have him checked over right now I'd start coverting him to eating kibble. One of the problems with only canned food is that it's not high in caloric value and you can go broke feeding a adult male Doberman enough wet food to keep weight on him.

I'd start by picking a dry food (kibble) of reasonably good quality and start by adding a few (and I really mean that--five or six kibbles--to his next meal--with every meal I'd add a few more kibbles (how often is he being fed?--twice a day would be the normal routine for a five year old Dobe) until you get up to the point where he is eating at least 3/4 of a cup of kibble mixed with his wet food (mix thoroughly so he can't just eat the wet and leave the kibble) per meal. Then start reducing the amount of canned food, slowly and continue to increase the kibble until he is getting around 2 cups of kibble with a little (very little) wet food added, just for flavor, mixed in well. I'm guessing that it would take upwards of a month or more to make this sort of transistion.

What I can see of his teeth look pretty good for a dog who is eating exclusively wet food. The incisors clear back to the canines are clean and white--but a vet is going to look further back in his mouth to see what the premolars and molars look like as well.

I feed a Purina produce as my go to food. Purina ProPlan Focus--it comes in several varieties--Sensitive Skin and Stomach (salmon and rice), or chicken and rice and the Focus is also available as Sport 30/20--any of these do a good job but you've got your work cut out for you teaching a dog a whole new kind of food and eating. I'd try a small bag first but just remember this transition isn't going to be an overnight cure.

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So i took him to the vet and was told he is in good health. And i started to put kibble in his wet food so i hope thatll work.
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So i took him to the vet and was told he is in good health. And i started to put kibble in his wet food so i hope thatll work.
Do it slowly--I really, really meant it when I said only start with 5 or 6 kibbles--if you up the quantity of kibble too much too soon you are shooting yourself in the foot. What you are trying to do is to fade something that he's been doing for who knows how long. And for every behavior you want to change the behavior you has to be worth it to the dog.

So I don't know if the kind of wet food he eats is just random (what ever you pulled off the shelf) or if he has one and only one he'll eat and my recommendation is Purina Pro Plan Focus Sensitive Skin and Stomach (alias Salmon and Rice) or the same thing in chicken. Most dogs find that food palatable and really like it.

Does he eat treats--you can also see if he will eat whatever kibble you decide to feed if you hand it to him as if it was a big treat--if he'll eat them that way it will make the transition easier. If he thinks the kibble is a big deal treat he'll be less likely to reject it in his food! And you do that one kibble at a time when treating.


I hope it works for you too--I know it can work because i've suggested it to other people who have gotten dogs who were accustomed to eating something that wasn't really a good diet for them and once dog sat a male for nearly four months and successfully converted him from canned food (Alpo) to kibble (ProPlan) during that time.

So good luck--let us know how it goes--glad to hear he's in good health.

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