My dog is finicky. Please help! What should I do?
I got a 7 year old Maltese a few weeks ago and she is wonderful….except for the fact that she is picky about food. The former owners fed her only IAMS dry mini chunks. She didn’t seem to be eating this though so I was getting worried. I thought she would settle down and eat it by now but she’s hardly touched the stuff. I tried wet food and she likes it better, depending on the brand.
She seems to like the wet Beneful best, the kind in the small plastic tub with the reclosable lid. It’s convinient and affordable and she doesn’t turn her nose up to is like she has with some ‘gourmet’ or ‘organic’ food. I am worried the Beneful may not be the healthiest dog food but I figure at least she eats it up…most of the time.
She doesn’t seem very hungry in the morning, I feed her twice per day, morning and night. Someone suggested feeding her once per day at night. Is this healthy for a small dog?
Also, should I try switching her dry food? The former owners said she has been eating IAMS for years! Should I try a different dry food and leave some out for her during the day? The IAMS chunks seem a bit to large and hard for her. Is there a softer dry food? How much should I be feeding her?
She is 6.9 lbs and the groomer and other dog experts say she isn’t underweight. I also have all her vet records saying she is a healthy dog. She is energetic and active, like a puppy sometimes.
I just want to do what is best for her. For now I am feeding her the Beneful twice per day. I tried mixing it with the IAMS chunks and she just eats the wet food and leaves the dry behind. Should I just let it be and give her what she likes? Or should I keep trying other foods and see what works? Does anyone else have a Maltese? What food do you feed him/her? I read that they can be picky eaters but nobody seems to have a solution for this. What should I do?
The former owner admitted she was fed ‘people food’ a lot. I didn’t want to get her begging so I never do. Could this have ‘spoiled’ her? She doesn’t beg (now that she knows she can’t have people food she doesn’t try) and she doesn’t have any food aggression problems…It just seems to me, this dog isn’t very into food! She likes soft treats but not hard ones so I am thinking maybe a moist dry food would work. What brand makes this for dogs?
To Laura W…I agree with you about NEVER giving dogs people food! My mom did this with her dogs since I was a kid and even when I was 8 years old, I saw the problems with ‘people food’ long ago. She always ends up with a spoiled, begging, bratty, fat dog! Everytime I go to her house I CRINGE as she says “Does da’ cute baby want a potato chip?” as she feeds her dog. I REFUSE to feed her fat, begging dog! Mom thinks the begging is ‘cute’ but it’s her dog so I can’t say anything. I’ve told her for years and she doesn’t get it. I always vowed to NEVER do this to my dog! Dog food is for dogs, people food is for people! I seriously think my little Chloe was spoiled with food. I hope that over time I can find the healtiest food and get her taste buds used to having DOG FOOD ONLY! For now, it’s just hard to get her to eat anything so I am sticking to the IAMS and Beneful until I learn more.
Oh yeah, I did some research on ‘healthy’ brands and I am aware Beneful isn’t the best brand health-wise. I tried some of the high end, ‘healthy’ wet foods and she pretty much turned up her nose and walked away. I was thinking too that Beneful LOOKS like ‘people food’ with veggies and a rich gravy so maybe it’s a good food for now to ‘wean’ her off of people food until I can learn some more!
As a senior 7# dog, if she’s eating at least 100 calories per day and maintaining good body condition, no concern.
Of commercial dry food, that’s roughly 1/5 cup twice daily, but depends on the kcal/cup of your food. IAMS is often in the 300-340cal, so if she’ll eat 2/5 to 1/3 cup a day that’s plenty for maintenance.
Since you’re successfully keeping her condition up, and paying attention to her musculature, feeling her ribcage, spine, tailhead, and hind to ensure weight maintained (listening to others’ professional observations taken in stride), then you can now consider improving the diet quality. Beneful is a marketing strategy hype molding us to think it’s beneficial. All foods are natural. This on the label means not made of synthetic materials…I should hope not. Beneful is one of Purina’s lower tiered diets, lower quality, cheap, indigestible ingredients, BUT is a “balanced” diet, of micronutrients and electrolytes. When you try another food, just be sure to read ingredients and limit by-products, and ALWAYS change gradually, over a week’s time, especially since your girl has already had enough sudden changes in her life. Cutting the old food with 25% of the new food at first, and gradually by day 7 you’re feeding her a full portion of new diet.
Having a feeding time, twice a day, with limited duration to eat, encourages her biological clock to expect food at those times each day. This can improve her food drive and metabolic rate versus once daily.
She’s been with you a few weeks now, so her confidence should be improved and anxiety/stress reduced. Make sure other factors of her day are consistent and routine, i.e. Exercise, play/socialization, own bed/den area, own toys/bones/belongings, sleeping, urine/stool normal etc.
How to cut a very finicky dog’s nails?
She’s in desperate need of a nail trimming. I do it at home. She’s a German Shepherd with very sharp teeth and an extremely powerful jaw. I’m the only one she’ll let near her feet, however she doesn’t even let me cut her nails. I have to sit on her and go nail by nail, each one’s a battle, and she snaps at me each time. She’d never bite me but she takes my hand gently in her jaw and applies a very, very gentle pressure. I have a lot of trouble getting her back paws done because I can’t control her head as I sit on her with my back to her head. I’ve tried knocking her out with Gravol but it just makes her drowsy, she’s apparently too thick headed for the medication to actually knock her out.
What do I do? I just need to trim her nails.
My dogs the same way, we need no muzzle her. For the back paws have her stand and take the foot and lift off the ground and brig it to you, her nails should point down. We also need someone to hold her in a gentle head lock so she can not turn and bite anyone
my dog is finicky and just threw up. HELP!!?
my dog (molly, boxer/lab mix) is almost two years old. I have had her for three months and the previous owners told me that she had a sensitive stomach. She was on a food made by california natural when i got her but I decided to switch her to the natural kibble (lamb and rice formula) that petsmart makes. Her vet said she needs bigger kibble (shes ginormous… very thin but very lanky!) and recommended i find a sensitive stomach formula so i switched her to science diet which is JUST as expensive as California natural. Then she would go literally days without eating her food so I went back to the store where they recommended purina one lamb and rice because she is a picky eater. She normally doesn’t eat it when i first give it to her and recently I have been giving her less and less. She is a happy-go-lucky lab with a fierce eye for catching and bringing back ANY (literally any) stick she can find. She is so happy and full of energy that I don’t think she is sick.
Tonight i came home (MUCH later than usual) and her breakfast was only half gone. Then about a half hour of being home, she threw up a yellow bile all over the floor. When I looked it up, all I found was that hungry dogs sometimes threw up because they aren’t getting enough nutrients in their food… I don’t know what to do and its late and she has never thrown up while with me. I’ve also never had a problem with any food I transitioned her into. Is this serious? or am I overreacting? What can I do to get her to eat more regularly without teaching her that by not eating she gets attention?
btw, she doesn’t get table scraps at all what-so-ever.
All kibble whether cheap or super expensive contains things that a dog would never eat in the wild. The gut of a carnivore (dog) is much shorter than animals that digest grains etc. Would you consider raw feeding? I have raw fed for over 15 years with no problems. A dog that can lay down with a large piece of meat – take their time over it and really enjoy the mental and physical satisfaction that is SO missing in a bowl of dry God knows what. Why not check out some advice from the group below? You have nothing to lose!
Ps Several people from this group have joined us recently and all have had remarkable differences in their dog’s well being after just a few weeks. Skin problems, teeth problems – and yes – tummy problems all improved by switching to a species appropriate diet.
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