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Old 04-19-2005, 11:31 PM
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julie, have you tried "pulverizing" the kibble in a blender or food processor and mixing it into the canned food? that way she can't pick it out.

it's easier to grind up the dry kibble rather than soaking it and then blending the wet mixture. add some extra water to the mush right before feeding, since mixing this "kibble meal" into the canned makes a rather sticky mess that can be difficult for the dog to eat.

the statement that canned food is bad for the teeth is just as much of an old wives tale as the claim that dry food keeps the teeth clean. if the canned food is of good quality (and eagle pack definitely is), feeding it is no worse than feeding dry.
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:39 PM
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No, I haven't tried grinding it up yet. I will definetely try that tomorrow morning for her breakfast. I'm glad to hear about the canned not being bad for her teeth. I don't like feeding canned diets mainly for that reason. Plus it's messier than the dry kibble. I will definetely try grinding it in the blender tomorrow morning.
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:02 AM
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With a big dog like that, he won't starve himself. With a Chihuahua, you can't hold out too long or they get hypoglycemia and can die. So, with your big dog, if it were me, I wouldn't cater to it like that unless you want to forever be feeding canned or grinding up the food or adding this and that or feeding by hand. If you put the food down for 10-20 minutes and then put it away until later in the day, that's all you really need to do. The dog will eat eventually when he feels more at ease and use to his new place. A dog can generally go quite a long time without food. If he eats treats and that's what you're offering him, he may be holding out for those. I'd skip the treats for a while until he settles in and eats his regular food. I'm sure everything will work out. Kudos to you for rescuing him. Good luck.
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:08 AM
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I haven't given her treats for awhile. I was holding off on all food until she started eating her food from her bowl. I was just excited that she was eating though, because it's good to see her eat. I am going to start enforcing the hard food agian but I always do add some canned to the meal so I figure I will slowly start adding the kibble in and if she doesn't eat the food then she doesn't eat the food. Being a stray though, I don't know what she ate before she came to me. I have a very strong feeling that she wasn't a stray too long before she came to us. I also have a feeling that the previous owners had her really spoiled when it came to food. Right now I am just experimenting and trying to get her to eat whatever dog food that I can at the moment. She has come very far since when I got her though. When I got her she wouldn't even eat the dry kibble if it was offered as a treat, now she thinks it's a treat so she will take it from my hand. So I am making SO progress with her. Slowly but surely I will get her eating the kibble.
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:03 PM
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Well I have some more bad news for Shelby. She wouldn't eat her canned food today (I gave her the same kind that she ate and liked yesterday). Also she snubbed the hard food too. So she has gone all day today without eating (except for the few scraps that she found on the floor). This dog is REALLY testing me! I have never had a dog go for this long without eating before. She got put on medicine today for her UTI. She's on two different kinds, one is amoxicillian and I forgot the other kind. Maybe she will get an appetite back after this medicine has had a chance to work. I hope so because I am really getting worried about her, and it's a little frustrating to us too.
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:39 AM
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Try not to worry. Antibiotics often will upset the tummy because they kill, not only the bad bacteria, but all the bacteria which deals with intestinal contents and so forth. So, she may be extra sensative. Keep in touch with your vet and try not to worry. Maybe your nervousness about this is subconsciously seeping into your dog and making her nervous too. In the wild dogs don't always eat every day. They may not get lucky in their hunting quests and go without food for days upon days. Then they get something and gorge away. So, try to relax, as long as your vet knows and has checked her over. Just make sure she has water and just offer her the food a couple of times a day for 15 minutes each and leave it at that. She'll be OK. Don't worry.
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Old 04-21-2005, 02:47 PM
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I'm trying my best not to worry. Thanks! I'm sure she'll be ok. I'm sure she's just adjusting and trying to see what she can and can't get us to do.
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Old 04-21-2005, 06:55 PM
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Exactly she's just adjusting i own 15 Sibes (im a Musher) and 4 of which were shelter dogs. Like said before they will not starve themselves. I think huskies are far smarter then we give them credit for. She sounds like she knows what she's doing. I just would leave food for her and not worry about it don't even pay attention to the food bowl. Your anxiety can be rubbing off on her and making her nervouse about the whole food thing as well (you know dogs know what we're feeling). Also like said before the antibiotics will not make her want to eat anymore then usual.

FYI a Huskies weight ranges from 35-60 lbs this is a healthy huskies weight. Just so you know.
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Old 04-21-2005, 06:58 PM
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Also has she been tested for Parvo or Worms ??? That would be good causes for her lack of hunger.
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:06 PM
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She hasn't been tested for parvo but I know we did the stool and blood sample at the vet when she was first adopted. She will eat just not what I want her to and how I want her to. She will eat kibble from my hand and canned from her bowl (but she will only eat the Pedigree beef and rice). I am trying to get her to eat the Eagle Pack and so far she is doing very well. She doesn't even seem to notice that I am mixing the other canned food in with her regular. The vet weighed her at 47 pounds a week ago.
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