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I'm new to the site (love the site) and new to having a beautiful puppy named Versace. He is 5 months and we got him at 16 weeks. Born on Oct 20, 2008 and we adopted him on Feb 8, 2009. He is a full breed Shih Tzu and just the love of our lives. He has two human brothers ages 18 an 12 and a Daddy that just spoil him rotten.

He is doing really really good potty training but that took a lot of work. We have to carry him out due to the steps being too high for him to go up but he has within the last week start telling us he has to go out and we also keep an watchful eye on him also. We have used a crate from day one and never had one accident in the crate. He goes all night long without waking up. He also loves his crate. We try to keep him out with us as much as we can which is pretty much all day since I'm a stay at home Mom. The only time he goes in the crate is if I can't watch him or have to go out. Most of the time if I can I take him since he loves to ride in the car and lays right down in the back seat on him blanket.

Here's the big problem. When we brought him home he was on Eagle pack puppy dry food and Merrick puppy plate wet food mixed. He was never a big eater to begin with. We would have to really work to get him to eat. I have also stopped the Eagle pack dry since we found out it had wheat in it and he was scratching a lot and moved to the Merrick Puppy Plate dry food that you can add water to so it would make a gravy but again he won't eat that much. I even heat his food.

I even just bought a new food this weekend **** Van Patten's Nature's balance to try mixing it with the Merrick puppy plate (dry) and still not eating. He did eat in the begining if I put the food directly on the food but that has stopped. I even went and bought baby food to mix with the dry but he won't eat it. I did try just the wet food but he turned his nose up at that.

He's not losing weight and we research everything that we give him but he just won't eat. Oh he will eat raw carrots and his treats but not his food. He has gained weight and is active and funny but won't eat. I put the food down at 8 AM and pick it up again about 30 minutes later. I also feed him again between 4-5 again picking up what he doesn't eat. He seems like he would do better if I just let it stay down (dry) and let him pick but I was told that was bad. He is teething and lost his bottom teeth so I was wondering if this could be the reason he's not eating? How long will it take to pass before he starts to eat again.

He's been to the vet and we started Frontline on him about 3 weeks ago was his first dose. Could this be the cause? He is also to start heartworm meds on April first but now I'm reading that this could cause him not to eat also. What do I do.

He is the perfect pup and I just want to do the best for him. I'm crazy about this puppy. He goes poop about 3-4 times a day and it's always normal. I even tried all different plates and bowels. Nothing works.

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Good Day Everyone,

I'm new to the site (love the site) and new to having a beautiful puppy named Versace. He is 5 months and we got him at 16 weeks. Born on Oct 20, 2008 and we adopted him on Feb 8, 2009. He is a full breed Shih Tzu and just the love of our lives. He has two human brothers ages 18 an 12 and a Daddy that just spoil him rotten.

He is doing really really good potty training but that took a lot of work. We have to carry him out due to the steps being too high for him to go up but he has within the last week start telling us he has to go out and we also keep an watchful eye on him also. We have used a crate from day one and never had one accident in the crate. He goes all night long without waking up. He also loves his crate. We try to keep him out with us as much as we can which is pretty much all day since I'm a stay at home Mom. The only time he goes in the crate is if I can't watch him or have to go out. Most of the time if I can I take him since he loves to ride in the car and lays right down in the back seat on him blanket.

Here's the big problem. When we brought him home he was on Eagle pack puppy dry food and Merrick puppy plate wet food mixed. He was never a big eater to begin with. We would have to really work to get him to eat. I have also stopped the Eagle pack dry since we found out it had wheat in it and he was scratching a lot and moved to the Merrick Puppy Plate dry food that you can add water to so it would make a gravy but again he won't eat that much. I even heat his food.

I even just bought a new food this weekend **** Van Patten's Nature's balance to try mixing it with the Merrick puppy plate (dry) and still not eating. He did eat in the begining if I put the food directly on the food but that has stopped. I even went and bought baby food to mix with the dry but he won't eat it. I did try just the wet food but he turned his nose up at that.

He's not losing weight and we research everything that we give him but he just won't eat. Oh he will eat raw carrots and his treats but not his food. He has gained weight and is active and funny but won't eat. I put the food down at 8 AM and pick it up again about 30 minutes later. I also feed him again between 4-5 again picking up what he doesn't eat. He seems like he would do better if I just let it stay down (dry) and let him pick but I was told that was bad. He is teething and lost his bottom teeth so I was wondering if this could be the reason he's not eating? How long will it take to pass before he starts to eat again.

He's been to the vet and we started Frontline on him about 3 weeks ago was his first dose. Could this be the cause? He is also to start heartworm meds on April first but now I'm reading that this could cause him not to eat also. What do I do.

He is the perfect pup and I just want to do the best for him. I'm crazy about this puppy. He goes poop about 3-4 times a day and it's always normal. I even tried all different plates and bowels. Nothing works.

Robin
Welcome to the site.

There's nothing "bad" about letting them graze (putting the food down and letting them eat whenever they want). The reason it is not recommended is that it makes it much more difficult to establish a bathroom schedule and housebreak which, since he's a puppy, I assume you're also doing.

I don't know if how much the teething or medicine would affect his eating as I've never had to deal with it. Someone else may be able to help you out.

I will say, though, that since his weight and stool are fine, it could be you're simply giving him too many treats that he's not hungry at mealtime. If you rule out any medical issues, try cutting out the mid-day treats for a few days and see if that prompts him to eat, then adjust your treat schedule accordingly.
 

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I give Lola about one treat a day. When I first adopted her at 1yr old she was 10.4 pounds. She is now 10.0 pounds. She has no problem eating and when I put her food down twice a day it is gone in about 5 minutes. 1/3 cup kibble dry 2X a day.

As the other said cut down on the treats. Also be careful with what treats you are giving the dog. What you might want to try is crumbling a treat in the food and see how the dog eats then.
 

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I'm not a fan of free feeding (or, leaving it out for the dog to eat whenever) for a number of reasons. My dogs, and those I foster, eat what I put in front of them, or go without until the next meal. Of course, I keep a close eye on them, but, it's never been a problem except when there was a medical issue. Dogs pick up on our emotions more than one might believe. Food is a biggie, and I'm amazed by the problems that people encounter with feeding. Unless there's an underlying issue - like a bad tooth, or disease - a dog will accept and eat what s/he is given.
 

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Thank you all. Versace I think is having a problem eating due to lack of teeth and not liking the kibbles that I bought him or he was on prior.

I did a test of two bowls of food and he picked the new one so that will be the one we are feeding. This is the third bag of trying and we have now picked Natural Balance Ultra small bites.

The bag also said to feed from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups a day. Sace is only eating if lucky 1/4 cup of food if I put it down then pick it up within 30 minutes if that. Now yesterday he eat very little in the morning even with it down 2 hrs. I then feed again at night and he ate all the food (the left over food from the morning and new food for night) so he ate 1 cup of food that day. That was also with only one treat a raw carrot but that took 2 hrs.

I too don't want to free feed but after 7 weeks he still will go without eating if I put it down and pick it up within 30 minutes. I did take him to the Vet and he said he is fine just teething but this has been since we have gotten him.

Now this morning I have put the food down at 7:30 AM and as of now he hasn't touched it so should I pick it up and now feed until tonight?:eek: He's little what about low glucose?

Thanks for all your help.

Robin
 

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You can try to make him hungry. Make sure he exercises before eating and maybe that will build up some hunger. I walk my pup a half mile in the mornings before he gets fed and we walk at least 1 mile before dinner and he eats all his food.
 
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