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I have a rat terrier / chihuahua. He has little interest in food. I've tried him on various high quality dry foods and he either doesn't eat them (even though I give him no other option), or he becomes severely constipated. So I switched to high quality wet food, with simple ingredients. I tried him on a fish and rice, which he wouldn't eat. Then I tried him on a duck and sweet potato, that he ate for about a month (although only 1/4 of the suggested amount). He has now stopped eating that as well. He hasn't eaten in 2 days and has vomitted a small amount of foam. Often after he eats any of the above, he becomes shaky and upset for about an hour.

I think he prefers dry food over wet food, although it's hard to tell. He likes to eat the cat food when he is sneaky enough to get a hold of some, but it makes him constipated, and obviously isn't balanced.

A few times I've fed him plain cooked eggs with broken up pieces of whole wheat bread in it, and he ate more of it than I've seen him eat before. And had no shakes or vomitting, or upset behavior. Obviously this isn't a balanced meal for him, and I don't feel like making the dog french toast every day.

He has recently been vet checked, and xrayed, and is up to date on vaccinations.

Any suggestions on what I should try next? Or what his problem might be?
 

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I have a rat terrier / chihuahua. He has little interest in food. I've tried him on various high quality dry foods and he either doesn't eat them (even though I give him no other option), or he becomes severely constipated. So I switched to high quality wet food, with simple ingredients. I tried him on a fish and rice, which he wouldn't eat. Then I tried him on a duck and sweet potato, that he ate for about a month (although only 1/4 of the suggested amount). He has now stopped eating that as well. He hasn't eaten in 2 days and has vomitted a small amount of foam. Often after he eats any of the above, he becomes shaky and upset for about an hour.

I think he prefers dry food over wet food, although it's hard to tell. He likes to eat the cat food when he is sneaky enough to get a hold of some, but it makes him constipated, and obviously isn't balanced.

A few times I've fed him plain cooked eggs with broken up pieces of whole wheat bread in it, and he ate more of it than I've seen him eat before. And had no shakes or vomitting, or upset behavior. Obviously this isn't a balanced meal for him, and I don't feel like making the dog french toast every day.

He has recently been vet checked, and xrayed, and is up to date on vaccinations.

Any suggestions on what I should try next? Or what his problem might be?
two days without eating thats along time
 

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Have you thought about a raw diet? You can try commercial/premade raw where you buy patties or such, or there is also prey model. He might like that better, another option to try.

Does the dog get a lot of treats or table scraps? Any food other than his kibble/wet?

My dog didn't eat for a couple days once and was throwing up bile. I spent $500 at the vet for xrays, bloodwork, etc. and everything came back normal. I got probiotics and put that on her food the next day, she ate and was completely back to normal.
 

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Is he skinny? A lot of dogs that don't ever seem to eat are fat. I know I think Max needs more food than he really needs, it is a pretty common problem. Tiny dogs need a tiny amount of food. A fit dog has a well defined waist and tuck and the ribs are easily felt.

A tiny dog wouldn't be much trouble to feed raw or cook for and a well thought out fresh food diet is superior to a kibbled diet. You can cook up a big batch, freeze in meal sized amounts and only need to cook a couple times a month. Raw takes more studying up on and is likely cheaper than cooking a grain free diet.
 

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Okay, just figured out how to work this forum... specifically the multi thread quotes...


Have you thought about a raw diet? You can try commercial/premade raw where you buy patties or such, or there is also prey model. He might like that better, another option to try.

Does the dog get a lot of treats or table scraps? Any food other than his kibble/wet?

My dog didn't eat for a couple days once and was throwing up bile. I spent $500 at the vet for xrays, bloodwork, etc. and everything came back normal. I got probiotics and put that on her food the next day, she ate and was completely back to normal.
He doesn't eat table scraps. I'll try the raw food thing. As long as they are premade, I have no problem trying anything that might work.

Is he skinny? A lot of dogs that don't ever seem to eat are fat. I know I think Max needs more food than he really needs, it is a pretty common problem. Tiny dogs need a tiny amount of food. A fit dog has a well defined waist and tuck and the ribs are easily felt.

A tiny dog wouldn't be much trouble to feed raw or cook for and a well thought out fresh food diet is superior to a kibbled diet. You can cook up a big batch, freeze in meal sized amounts and only need to cook a couple times a month. Raw takes more studying up on and is likely cheaper than cooking a grain free diet.
He's fit. And he goes for a run every day. I love my dog and will do anything to find him the right food. But I'm not going to start cooking for him. That is an absolute last resort.

two days without eating thats along time
It's not abnormal for him. Even if he eats a new food at first, he eventually stops.

He needs to see a vet.
No, he doesn't.
 

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When my JRT x (12 lbs full grown) was a pup, she was like this. She still is sometimes. Many days, she will only eat a couple of bites and if I don't add anything to their food (I put a spoon of wet or yogurt), many times, she will walk away from it. But then some days she will clean her bowl.

She is healthy, a good weight and my vet is happy with her and so am I. Hopefully it's just because he doesn't need much. My little girl eats *maybe* a 1/4 cup on an average per day--no more than 1/2 cup. (I give her a 1/2 cup--and the big dogs usually will clean it up for her).

One more thought...do you feed the same thing every day? Maybe he is one that needs variety and may benefit from rotating 2-3 different brands daily?
 

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I've had a similar problem with my little Shih Tzu. I've never had a finicky eater before. My last dogs loved even the worst kibbles. But Casbah will eat new kibble for the first few days and then refuse to eat it until her stomach is empty and she throws up bile. So I started adding canned food to her kibble and then she would gobble it up for the first few days and go back to not eating until she threw up. Then she'd eat it if I ground up some of her freeze dried beef training treats and sprinkled it on top. Recently, I went out and bought Sojos beef complete. She seems to like it better than dry or canned but only time will tell if she stops eating that too. If so then I will just buy the Sojos mix that you add your own meat to and then one week she'll get it with lightly simmered ground beef, the next with fish and the next with turkey added. I think she just wants variety and gets sick of eating the same food even though I rotated the flavors every two months once her small bag of food was finished. It's frustrating but I can't say I blame her, I wouldn't want to eat the same thing every day for a month and a half either.
 

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Providing he has been given a clean bill of health by the vet - I would also recommend trying a raw diet. I feed pre-made raw diet made here in Canada that is whole carcasses ground up and formed into patties, so it has the right balance of bone, meat and organs. Do some research to find one that works best for you and your budget. Maybe introduce a small raw meal like a turkey neck or something first to ensure he will infact enjoy something raw.

Variety is good as well, but if your dog is refusing to eat anything you give him then I think you should definitely try raw as your next step. I always keep a variety in my raw meat as well, I rotate through beef, bison, elk, lamb, duck and rabbit, and they get turkey necks for treats occasionally.

Good luck and I hope you can find a solution!
 

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When my JRT x (12 lbs full grown) was a pup, she was like this. She still is sometimes. Many days, she will only eat a couple of bites and if I don't add anything to their food (I put a spoon of wet or yogurt), many times, she will walk away from it. But then some days she will clean her bowl.

She is healthy, a good weight and my vet is happy with her and so am I. Hopefully it's just because he doesn't need much. My little girl eats *maybe* a 1/4 cup on an average per day--no more than 1/2 cup. (I give her a 1/2 cup--and the big dogs usually will clean it up for her).

One more thought...do you feed the same thing every day? Maybe he is one that needs variety and may benefit from rotating 2-3 different brands daily?
That's exactly how my dog is, he's 12 lbs also. I never even thought of the variety thing. It makes sense, because he always eats the new food like he loves it. But my concern is that some of them he vomits up right after eating it. I think I will try the same canned food that has limited ingredients, that he's been eating recently, but rotate flavours. Hopefully this works.

I've had a similar problem with my little Shih Tzu. I've never had a finicky eater before. My last dogs loved even the worst kibbles. But Casbah will eat new kibble for the first few days and then refuse to eat it until her stomach is empty and she throws up bile. So I started adding canned food to her kibble and then she would gobble it up for the first few days and go back to not eating until she threw up. Then she'd eat it if I ground up some of her freeze dried beef training treats and sprinkled it on top. Recently, I went out and bought Sojos beef complete. She seems to like it better than dry or canned but only time will tell if she stops eating that too. If so then I will just buy the Sojos mix that you add your own meat to and then one week she'll get it with lightly simmered ground beef, the next with fish and the next with turkey added. I think she just wants variety and gets sick of eating the same food even though I rotated the flavors every two months once her small bag of food was finished. It's frustrating but I can't say I blame her, I wouldn't want to eat the same thing every day for a month and a half either.
I didn't even consider the variety thing until reading these replies. I just thought that dogs were fine with the same thing every days, since most animals are.

Providing he has been given a clean bill of health by the vet - I would also recommend trying a raw diet. I feed pre-made raw diet made here in Canada that is whole carcasses ground up and formed into patties, so it has the right balance of bone, meat and organs. Do some research to find one that works best for you and your budget. Maybe introduce a small raw meal like a turkey neck or something first to ensure he will infact enjoy something raw.

Variety is good as well, but if your dog is refusing to eat anything you give him then I think you should definitely try raw as your next step. I always keep a variety in my raw meat as well, I rotate through beef, bison, elk, lamb, duck and rabbit, and they get turkey necks for treats occasionally.

Good luck and I hope you can find a solution!
If the variety idea doesn't work, I will try this next. I'm also from Canada (from Edmonton, moved to Winnipeg 8 years ago). Where do you get this pre-made stuff from?
 

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I'm also from Canada (from Edmonton, moved to Winnipeg 8 years ago). Where do you get this pre-made stuff from?
Do you have a Homes Alive or Tail Blazers pet store there? Both carry pre-made raw products.
 

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Do you have a Homes Alive or Tail Blazers pet store there? Both carry pre-made raw products.
No. It doesn't look like it. I'll call around though. I'm sure someone here carries them though. What brand name are they so I know what to ask for?
 

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Tail Blazers Southside

United Center,
7520 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6E8
Phone: 780-444-PAWS (7297)
 

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If the variety idea doesn't work, I will try this next. I'm also from Canada (from Edmonton, moved to Winnipeg 8 years ago). Where do you get this pre-made stuff from?
I buy a brand called Carnivora/Urban Carnivore. It is sold at The Bone & Biscuit Co as well as Tail Blazers here. Its made in Saskatchewan so I have no doubt you should be able to find it in Winnepeg.

http://www.carnivora.ca/index.cfm here is the site for info, In Winnepeg you can find it at :

It's Raining Cats & Dogs
620B Academy Road
Winnipeg, MB
204.489.0120


Pet Value Lagimodiere
35 - 3 Reenders Dr.
Winnipeg, MB
204.654.9955


The Polka Dot Dog
160 St. Anne's Road
Winnipeg, MB
204.254.0369
 

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Tail Blazers Southside

United Center,
7520 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6E8
Phone: 780-444-PAWS (7297)
Thanks. I just gave them a call. She gave me some other suggestions too. Like when I feed him something new and he loves it, but then pukes it up, it's because he's eaten too fast... but then he doesn't want to try eating it again because he's associates it with feeling sick. I've never thought of him as being a fast eater, because he hardly eats at all, so that didn't even dawn on me. They also have a great section on their website that gives a review of a bunch of different brands of raw foods. So I can look into them, and then find out which ones I can find here in winnipeg.
 

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I buy a brand called Carnivora/Urban Carnivore. It is sold at The Bone & Biscuit Co as well as Tail Blazers here. Its made in Saskatchewan so I have no doubt you should be able to find it in Winnepeg.

http://www.carnivora.ca/index.cfm here is the site for info, In Winnepeg you can find it at :

It's Raining Cats & Dogs
620B Academy Road
Winnipeg, MB
204.489.0120


Pet Value Lagimodiere
35 - 3 Reenders Dr.
Winnipeg, MB
204.654.9955


The Polka Dot Dog
160 St. Anne's Road
Winnipeg, MB
204.254.0369
Awesome. I'll look into that brand. Thanks a lot for the info.
 

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Sorry. I read your post wrong. I thought you were in Edmonton. Glad you found products and locations in Winterpeg.
 
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