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    I have an 11 month old Pomeranian and for the last few months she has completely stopped eating her dry food. I have bought several different brands but she still won't go anywhere near it. I'm thinking of giving it a break and not feed her dry food for at least a few months

    Has anyone had the same issue or experienced something similar? Anyone have any advice on what i can do?

    This is driving me crazy

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    They don't need dry food so if it easier I would get rid of it and focus on nutritional value of the wet food you are giving her. But maybe check teeth in case there is a problem.

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    Never heard of this... have you tried lots of different brands?

    Raw food is always an option too.

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    Hi Danakay9

    Is your dog really skinny - can you feel her ribs, spine and pelvic bones - under the fuzz, does she feel like a dairy cow? That's too skinny.

    Good is you can feel her ribs but not her spine and pelvis - at least they should be a bit padded (not with fur).

    Note the rules are slightly different for sight hounds - a bit of spine on those is ok.

    Not being able to feel ribs at all and not tucking in at the waist is too fat.

    A desexed dog needs the food the manufacturer recommends - reduced by a third.

    So I'm thinking if she's not eating the dry - are you topping up with the tinned / wet food? So she's not really hungry and not really interested. Ie she's training you to give her - her preferred food.

    And it's working.

    If my dog doesn't eat what I put for her (I can't imagine) - I would take it away after 10 minutes and it would be come part of the next meal (not extra on top of the next meal). I do measure what I give her in her main meal - so if she starts to put on weight - I can reduce the main meal appropriately until she starts to look right again (ribs and waist).

    So I'm thinking she's probably getting more than enough food unless she's very skinny... in which case - I'd take her to the vet for a teeth check. Do you also weigh her? How much does she weigh.

    For my dog - good is around 20 to 22kg - bad is 24kg... so it doesn't take much.

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    Well just putting it out there, if I gave my dog a choice, he wouldn't eat dry food either.

    My dog is fed half raw, half black hawk dry (to make sure he gets all his vitamins), but he eats less than half of what the brand recommends. And Sammy is entire and a very active dog who competes at a National level in a couple of different sports now so it's not that he doesn't need the calories. He is very lean, all muscle with no fat and whilst it's not intentional, that's kind of the ideal body shape for competing.

    In order of preference though, my dog would eat raw or cooked meat (probably steak is number one), poultry bones, red meat bones, wet dog food, cheese, yoghurt, tuna, eggs, everything else... then dry food. When he was growing up, he would wait up to 3 days without eating his biscuits to see if something better was coming along. Today, he eats just enough biscuits to sustain himself.

    That said, he will eat every last biscuit to stop another pet from getting them...

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    Give the pom 10 minutes to eat what you chose he can eat. After 10 mins, lift the bowl, and dont feed snacks, till next time, put it back down, again 10 mins lift the bowl.
    should take you 48hrs maximum, to overcome fussiness. sorted. Dont be trained by your dog lady.

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    My dog is 11 years old and still won't eat dry food unless she's absoloutly starving. I find that mixing it a wet food, or even one of those gravy like canned dog foods in with the dry food is a great mix.

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    Was going to say the same. I sometimes put a spoon of wet cat food though mine as a treat, human suitable leftovers etc they go nuts.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I have been known to mix my dog's dry food with a spoonful of yogurt and some water. If I need her to drink (eg out at competition all day) - I also mix a bit of yogurt into the water. Completely changes her mind about how good it tastes.

    I think she'd scoff the kibble no matter what I did to it, but I feel bad when I haven't made the casserole for her.

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