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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy off her food

My little girl has been off her food for a few days, the vet hasn't found any medical reason as to why but I'm getting a little worried.

She is fed a raw diet of chicken mince that includes the bones and inards, minced raw fruit and veggies, yougurt, fish oil and a half cooked egg. She gets this for breakfast and dinner (apart from the yougurt) along with lamb or beef bones for lunch and a chicken wing or carcass in the afternoon. I will also mix in lamb kidneys, hearts, tripe and liver a few times a week.

She hasn't been interested in her breakfast or dinner at all, she will sniff at it then go to the other dogs bowls and look for their food (which is the same apart for one being on a joint suplement). The chicken bones still seem to be a big treat and she will pick at the other bones a bit.

The vet ran bloods, wormed her again and looked over every inch of her, not finding anything.
He thinks she is possibly just being fussy and is waiting for something better to come along.

She will eat eventually, I take the food away after 10 minutes and give it to her half an hour later. She will eat it but slowly and give me looks like I'm trying to kill her.
Her weight is still fine and her coat looks lovely. Should I be worried?
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As long as the vet is sure that there isn't a medical reason for not wanting to eat, I would try some tough love for a week. I put the food down for my guys (I also feed mostly raw) and if they don't eat it in 5-10 mins, up it comes and they must wait for the next meal. I have dogs with very high food drive now, but I did have a dog that was very picky. We did tough love for a week, he missed about 2 days of food and he ate what I gave him for evermore.

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Perhaps you're feeding too much? How much raw for breakfast and dinner do you feed?

I'm also a raw feeder. Curious as to why you feed fruits and veggies?

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I feed the fruit and veggies as that's the diet her breeder put her on.
She's been feeding all her dogs that way for years and asks all her pups are kept on the same diet.

She is fed around 700gms at breakfast and dinner, that's everything mixed up together. The bones vary from 2kg cow shanks to smaller lamb flaps. Occasionally she will get an entire chicken but that is instead of breakfast or dinner.
She used to eat it all up as soon as her bowl was put down but now she just stares at it and walks off.

I was tempted to try the tough love method, but she is 17 weeks and I would worry about it effecting her growth?
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