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    Mya is now eating much better. Still not a greedy guts like 'fluffy bum' aka Jenna but better than she was.

    At the moment I am giving her about 200gm of RMB for breakfast, either chicken necks,wings, lamb offcuts, lambs necks or some chunks of beef. Twice a week it's a tin of sardines. At night she gets approx 90gm (that's half the recommended daily intake for a medium sized dog) of Eukanuba. She also will demolish a pig's ear a few times a week but I don't think these are particularly good for her so don't give them too often. I've tried a few times to give her something mid day but she is not really interested.

    She is not losing weight, which is great but she isn't gaining either and i still really think she needs to gain a couple of kilos. I don't think there is much more in the way of quantity that I can get her to eat but is there any specific food i could be giving which will tend to help her gain weight.

    Her exercise quota for the day consists of a half hour very brisk walk in the morning and evening and sometimes a quick 10 minute walk before bed.

    Any suggestions?
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    TKay, when you feed Mya morning and night, does she empty the bowl or leave some each time?

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    Sometimes she will eat it all, sometimes I have to really coax her to finish it. I was even spreading peanut butter over her chicken necks the other day to get her to finish them.

    At night we have gradually increased the amount of kibble. She refused to eat it at all, at first but we have found she eats better if Jenna is right there next to her. We have been hand feeding them both side by side at night to get Mya to eat. Although she will now eat the kibble off the floor (but not in a bowl, typical) You can tell she's losing enthusiasm towards the end but so far has managed to finish it.
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    Google satin ball recipe, satin balls pack on the weight.
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    TKay, hand feeding a dog is one thing that is going to make their eating habits worse in the long run. I know how you feel, you just want to get food into her, but a little 'hard love' is the best way to get her on track the quickest in the end.

    Feeding her next to Jenna is the best option because she will gradually see that as competition for her food. When a puppy goes to their new home, they will not eat as well as they did for a while, because all those other puppies aren't there for 'competiion', so to speak.

    I am definately not an advocate for adding divetalact or other supplements for weight gain. Just like humans I think developing permanent life-long good eating patterns is the best way to go.

    Try putting Jenna's bowl down with Mya's. Once she walks away and stops eating, monitor her. You know the drill...if she hasn't polished it all off in 15 minutes or so, take it away. Do NOT feed her until the next meal. I have never seen a dog go longer than a week before realising 'hey I'd better eat all of this now or else I won't get any more.'

    It's called 'hard love' for a reason - it's hard on us.

    You can choose to keep hand feeding her and change her diet or add foods to try and tempt her, but in the end you will probably wish you hadn't. It's your dog, your choice, but please consider the above.

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    I'm having the same problem with Tallulah, (Eddie was a different kettle of fish lol) I offer her food 3 times a day, and as much as I hate it, I mix in a little tinned food which seems to get her eating far more than just kibble alone. But she's fussy, only the last 2 days has she actually eaten an entire meal. She gets bones with a little bit of fat on them too, usually I take as much fat off before the dogs get them.

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    I am afraid I am of the tough love mentality too. Pretty is the same, her meal stays there until eaten, even through to the next day. She does not starve and eats the kibble when hungry enough. I think that we are guilty of creating a lot of these problems obsessing over it. Dogs can also fast themselves if they feel they need to.

    Pretty gets her food and eats it if she does and if she doesn't, tuff. It is still there or the pups clean it up.

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    We aren't hand feeding her anymore just putting handfuls on the floor but after this mornings breakfast I think I have decided what to do.

    Mya refused to eat her Sardines, just lay there next to them, so I got Jenna's bowl and put it right next to Mya's, took one sardine out of Mya's bowl and put it in Jenna's (she'd already scoffed hers in 2 seconds flat). As soon as Jenna started to eat hers Mya stood straight up and ate all hers up. Luckily Jenna is such a good girl, although she eats hers really fast she will not approach Mya's bowl so it looks like this could be the plan. I was told to feed them seperately at first, but I guess now they are getting more used to each other and as long as we are supervising, the side by side feeding might be the way to get Mya eating more.

    With regard to her weight I will try and chill out a bit. She isn't emaciated anymore, she is a little thin but as long as what I am feeding is good quality stuff I figure she will probably gain the weight eventually albeit pretty slowly. She is eating a little more each day as she gets used to us so that's got to be good.

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    TKay, I fatten up the skinny ones with "saturn balls"
    1kg fattiest mince you can find
    1 jar full cream
    1 doz eggs (including shells for calcium boost)
    1 jar peanut butter
    1 cup wheatgerm
    1 cup oats
    1/4 cup flaxseed (ground or seeds)

    mix together and add to her kibble one week on and one week off

    Also, get some EVO kibble FULL of protein with no cereals at all. Expensive and only available from Pet Goods Direct or Pets Paradise but it works! Remember Gomez? I got 6 kg on him in 2 weeks from doing this. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post
    TKay, I fatten up the skinny ones with "saturn balls"
    1kg fattiest mince you can find
    1 jar full cream
    1 doz eggs (including shells for calcium boost)
    1 jar peanut butter
    1 cup wheatgerm
    1 cup oats
    1/4 cup flaxseed (ground or seeds)

    mix together and add to her kibble one week on and one week off

    Also, get some EVO kibble FULL of protein with no cereals at all. Expensive and only available from Pet Goods Direct or Pets Paradise but it works! Remember Gomez? I got 6 kg on him in 2 weeks from doing this. Good luck!
    Thanks Shar, I'm a little worried about the Satin/Saturn? balls. So full of fat, I'd worry about pancreatitis (sp), but I think I may give the Evo a go, if I can find any around here.

    Cheers, hope you are feeling a little better
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