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    Default 13wk old shepherd X husky not eating enough

    Hey everyone, I'm having a quite bad issue with my pup.
    Currently for his size he is underweight, His ribs can be felt easily and some days can be seen just.
    I'm unsure of the problem though as we've attempted to feed him many variate of foods in the portions that the vet has recommended.

    However Kovu won't eat any of the meals he's given. He starts eating, then moves away about half way through the meal.
    Currently i've been trying to feed him a mix of a premium dryfood, wetfood and small pieces of animal liver, lungs, heart.
    This has been the most successful however any time its just the wet/dry food. He won't go near it after the few bites.

    Can anyone recommend a way to get him to eat the wet/dry foods.
    I've got close to 20kg of the dry and 20 cans on wet food... Which i'd rather not have wasted money on.

    Thanks heaps guys

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    Sounds like you have a really picky puppy here! My pup eats anything.

    Have you tried him on Black Hawk? My friend owns a Collie who is VERY picky with his food - they tried every premium brand but he didn't like any of em, but they tried him on BH and he loves it.
    If you already have tried him on BH, how about raw mince? With little or no organs.

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    Find something he loves and mix a little with his meal.
    My girl absolutely loves natural greek yoghurt, sardines, raw eggs ... If I add a little of one of these items in her food she eats the lot!
    Is he still on 3 meals a day?

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    Canned food wont get weight on your puppy it's mostly water and seconds. He wants protein and fat which is why he's going for the organs you provide. Mix some fresh food in with his kibble and return the canned food, or sell it to someone you know. I know it sounds VERY gross but you can buy pure blood from the butcher which a lot of people use to make black pudding, dish a little of that onto his food. Very very healthy source of iron and nutrients and it might entice him to eat.

    As for feeling ribs easily you should, his whole life. Seeing them too (as long as he doesnt look like a neglect case and has muscle) is not too bad either.

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    I can't help as much as the others^^ (good work guys), but we've never had a dog who doesn't eat raw eggs. Every dog we've ever had has loved them (in moderation of course).

    I hope this helps, and you find a solution soon!

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    Dogs will not starve to death and if you have been chopping and changing then the pup can become picky and training you.
    Find something you are happy with and see how it goes. Did you start feeding the pup on the same stuff that the breeder did? If not it might be an idea to go back to this and add some fresh stuff. Mine eat anything too and they love their kibble..sometimes with sardines, yoghurt, raw egg mixed in and they have fresh bones or meat every second or so day. They started on bones from age 5 weeks.

    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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    When you guys say 'sardines' what do you use? The oily stuff out of the can or fresh (frozen) sardines?

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    I use canned sardines.

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    Stop giving him choice.
    Stop giving him time (10 mins then bowl is lifted, finished or not, nowt else to eat till next meal time)
    Stop changing his food. It can upset a pup's tum, swapping over, which is why its recommended you gradually change over foods, over a week or two.
    YOU make a decision what you want to feed him, and stick to it, for the reasons you made that choice in the first place.

    failing that, add another dog, and see how fast he clears that bowl!

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