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Hi Husky guy
I have a husky and we have some dramas getting him to eat as well.
It is normal for a healthy dog to not or eat very little for up to 3 days any longer than that and I would be getting vet help.
When my DH and I went on your honeymoon in July we took Diesel with us and he did not eat at all the first day. The second day I hand fed him and by day 3 he was eating abeit not all of his meal but most of it.
He will only eat about a handlful of his dinner at any time lately but every 3 days he will eat all of his dinner hooked into it for your terminology . We have also done the chicken bone thing but we stopped doing that as he was eating them whole and we were afraid he may get it stuck in his throat. I did try cutting it as well but we decided not to persist with it.
Try giving her briskit bones (you'll have to ask the butcher as they don't normally have them on display) have your butcher cut them for you. These are great for any dog as they can eat the whole bone as aposed to normal bones that they leave around the yard.
Have you noticed if she is burying the food? Some times Diesel burys his food so we know that he is just not hungry.
Make sure that she is drinking water still that would be a big indicator that she is well or not.
We also only leave Diesel's food out for 10mins. If he hasn't eaten it in that time then he has to wait till his next meal time. We don't change his food either we don't want to encourage a fussy eater.
I hope this helps you. If I think of anything else we've done with our boy I'll let you know.
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was she in a pound like situation??
if so try worming her with a really good anti parasitic wormer( id ask ur vet) because parasites reduce a dogs appetite when we adopted our shep she wouldn't eat and or wasn't hungry gave her a good worming and she was scoffing her dinner down with in a day!!
my husky is extremely fussy, she has zinc responsive dermatitis and is on zinc tablets the rest of her life, i cook her up (in the pressure cooker to soften the bones) 3 chicken frames, a variety of vegies and some pasta and chicken stock, she loves it and it seems to hide the taste of the zinc. i mix it in with her dry food. Raw chicken necks are also a big favourite with Dakoda.
Last edited by miss jayne; 11-09-2009 at 10:13 PM.
Look...the change is enough to want her refuse food for a little while.
I know it is stressing that she doesn't want to eat. Here are some rules to follow if you would like to live with a dog that tucks into her food instead of being a picky eater.
Dogs have very strong survival instincts. They should never feel like they are fending for themselves. With that I mean...there shouldn't be food left out for them to eat when they feel like it. A healthy dog will not continue to refuse food! You need to find a food you are comfortable with feeding her long-term and STICK with it. Don't feed her something...and then something else when she doesn't it that and then something else when that is not good enough. What you will end up with is a dog who will only eat beef tartare from your hands!
When it comes to feeding...it is about you being more stubborn/disciplined than her. I can fully understand you might feel a bit sorry for her right now due to her being underweight and a rescue, but it is not helping her that you keep changing foods and/or feel pity for her.
Here are what you need to do:
Because she has just arrived at your house...I would set 2 mealtimes...lets say at 7.30am and AFTER you have had your dinner. You choose ONE bowl to give her the food in and ONE bowl only...don't change that around either. You choose a good quality food you are happy with feeding her long-term and STICK with it. One word of advice though...you might want to investigate how much preservatives are present in those doggy rolls you have bought, because some of them contains enormous amounts.
Ok...choose a quiet area where you will be feeding her and stick with it...stick with the bowl...stick with the food. Measure the correct amount she is supposed to have...call her over...make her sit (it is doggy language for saying please)...put food bowl down, point at it and say "eat"...and walk away. Give her 15 minutes...go and take the bowl away EVEN THOUGH SHE HASN'T EATEN ANYTHING...put it away for the next meal. DO NOT give her tid bits during the day (until she has learned that mealtime means eat your food). Remeasure again at dinner time...do THE SAME ROUTINE...don't change a thing. Say the same things...do the same things and pick up bowl after 15 minutes. DO NOT tell her off for not eating...be indifferent, because if you tell her off, she will associate eating time with something negative. If she has eaten her food however...PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE LIKE SHE JUST WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE OLYMPICS!!!!.
Dogs thrive on ROUTINE. This poor girl is obviously confused. New smells...new people...new visual inputs...new sounds etc. What she needs is a set routine in her life. Dogs are intelligent...they get the picture quickly. A healthy dog will not starve itself!!! Keep saying this to yourself even though she is a bit skinny and she will test you by not eating. If she is still not eating on day 3 (on this feeding regime)...see the Vet. Show her what a good pack leader is...one who will love her...care for her...feed her...exercise her and also one who will set rules and boundaries.
Feel free to PM me on this subject...I have been through this too and trust me...follow the few intructions and yours and her life will be a lot easier
Give her a big Staffy cuddle from us!!!
Last edited by Cleasanta; 11-10-2009 at 06:50 AM.
Brewers yeast, from the health food shop is packed full of b vitamins and a great aid to de stressing in humans and dogs/pets. Use sprinkled on food. We use it for birds when changing environments, stress, not eating well.
I Did have some articles on it but not on this PC.
Hmmm, must google, myself.
Cleasanta has got it all in one go. She is spot on. Don't keep trying to tempt your new dog with different foods. Sure, there might be something the dog will eat once and then not again. To do this will only cause a mountain of issues/problems down the track.
Make the decision NOW what type of diet you wish to continue with, and away you go, doing all that Cleasanta has suggested to you. Good luck.
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