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I just rescued a 7 month old shep mix puppy. He has a suite of issues, and I want to touch upon one of them. He won't eat much at all! He is on benedryl, amoxocillin, Mange meds, and kennel cough meds, which may cut down his hunger levels. BUT, he really wont eat much dog food. He will ravage through deli meat, but I cant get him to eat his food. I have already tried two foods, and he won't eat. I don't want to spoil him with ground beef and rice or something like that because then I will have to do it everytime!
 

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I had/have the same issue. Adopted dog 2 weeks ago, she is very underweight. She would not eat (Wellness Puppy kibble). She was taking doxycycline for kennel cough/upper respiratory infection. She had no interest in food or treats.

Then I saw tapeworm segments in her stool (looks like little pieces of rice, it can also be found in her bedding). We treated that with a one-time edible pill.

At the same time I broke down and added a spoonful of cottage cheese and a spoonful of canned food in with her kibble. I stir it really well so there's is wet stuff attached to each piece of kibble (at first she spit out the pieces of kibble and just ate the cottage cheese and canned chunks). Now she is eating well and actually cannot wait to eat. We also finished the doxycycline, so maybe that has something to do with increased appetite as well as the tapeworms being gone.

She has gained 2 pounds. I will have to taper her off this over time, but for now, it's worth it to make sure she gets to a healty weight and receives necessary nutrition. Good luck.
 

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He may need a little time to adjust. Are you offering him what he was eating before? It is quite common for young Shepherds to be light eaters, even showing off their ribs. The dog guide school we raise puppies for gives us an excellent manual. Our puppies do come with an instruction book. Much of it is aimed at greedy Labs and Goldens. There is only one breed specific reference in the whole thing, ''Note: German Shepherd puppies typically will look very thin throughout puppyhood.''

The worst thing you can do is to bribe a dog with rich foods into eating more than it needs. Instead, Put down the dish with what the dog should eat, and give it 15 minutes to eat. Then take it up. Do not give it anything to eat until its next scheduled meal. In a few days, it should be eating what it needs. Adjust the food as needed. This is not easy. I had a Shepherd go 3 days on a few nibbles. I was a wreck, but she was fine. It is almost unknown for a healthy dog not to eat what it needs. Unfortunately, in too many cases, it is less than the package says, and less than the owner thinks the dog should have. Many dogs are quite good at holding out for tastier chow. Like kids, sometimes it calls for tough love.
 
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