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Fussy dog

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Teddybeardoggo, May 9, 2019.

  1. Teddybeardoggo

    Teddybeardoggo PetForums Newbie

    May 9, 2019
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    I have tried feeding my dog very high quality food such as Origen (original and red regionals), Aatu, tribal TLC and medium tier foods such as science hill diet and even tried natures diet raw nuggets but he just will not eat it unless I add some treats or feed him by hand chasing him around little by little. I have even tried human cooked food eg mix of chicken, rice and broccoli or beef, sweet potato and carrots but I still can’t find a good quality food that he will eat by himself. If I leave it there for him and pick it up after 30 minutes and continue trying he just won’t eat and starves himself for days. Then I gave him some bakers complete (I know it is very bad and like McDonald’s for kids) but he woofs it down and it’s the only thing that he will eat without me chasing him around or having to add treats to the meal. Can anyone recommend me a higher quality food that he will eat by himself? Or should I stick or bakers or hi - life. Any idea whether the hi life is okay? Or would it cause cancer and skin or other problems as it has wheat, sugar and salt in it?

    Hi-Life ingredient list:
    Meat Meals (24%, including Turkey 4%, Bacon 0.1%), Wheat Bran, Wholegrain Wheat, Chicken (9%), Vegetable Glycerine, Poultry Fat, Sugar, Dried Garden Vegetables (1.1%), Meat Stock, Salt, Minerals, Chicory Extract, Yeast Extract
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Have you tried Chappie wet in cans?

    It has strong smells which some dogs find very tempting and whilst not the highest quality food is often recommended for dogs with sensitive tums or skin?

    A few members dogs who have been fussy feeders have done well on it.

    It’s a good price and readily available in most supermarkets.
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  3. Rosie64

    Rosie64 PetForums VIP

    Feb 27, 2014
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    I have a very fussy dog that will starve himself if he doesn't like a food and he will not touch dry food,
    but he will eat James Wellbeloved wet food pouches
    No artificial colouring, flavours or preservatives,No Soya , wheat, dairy or eggs..
    It is also classed as hypoallergenic
    Price wise I think it is probably a mid range food
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  4. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

    Feb 1, 2016
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    Maybe mixing something smelly (like Chappie) with his dry food to coat it might help.
    Bugsys grandma, Lurcherlad and Torin. like this.
  5. DanWalkersmum

    DanWalkersmum watching the world go by

    Mar 21, 2019
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    I reckon if you have found a food he likes stick to it. IMO Why is Bakers so bad? Can you not supplement it with bits of good quality treats and extras so that he is getting extra nourishment too.
  6. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Instead of giving him his food in a bowl have you tried feeding him from a food toy / puzzle? There’s lots of different ones on the market.
  7. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

    Nov 4, 2018
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    My Sally was a fussy eater but to be honest we make fussy eaters,I consulted my vet about her being so fussy she would go a few days without eating the vet told me a dog can go up to 8 days without food she got to 5 days without eating she was offered her food and nothing else,she would go through these phases every couple of months but I would never give in and offer anything other than her normal food,I know it sounds harsh but it worked for me:)
    wee man likes this.
  8. wee man

    wee man PetForums VIP

    Apr 8, 2012
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    We all love our puppies and being tough can be difficult, but it is for the best eventually.
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