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Old 09-28-2012, 04:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My female standard Lola is underweight. She has always been thin where you can feel her ribs and hip bones very easily. She will gain weight then lose it and right now is down to 32.5lbs, she has lost two pounds in the last couple of months.
I really don't think she likes eating kibble at all, doesn't enjoy chewing on rawhide or processed bones and has started to get tartar on her teeth since her switch to GO fit and vitality. The GO seems like a good food being grain free but she has lost weight on it.
She was at the vets two days ago for a bacterial ear infection/yeast infection so she is on meds for that. The vet said since this is her first ear infection (she is two years old) it might be the start of a food allergy due to the food switch.
I need to buy her more food in the next couple of days and I am considering trying her on a premade raw diet but with her weight down already I am wondering if now is a good time to make the switch?
She has great muscle tone, is very active, bloodwork came back normal. Any advice on that?
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Raw is very palatable, and if she's a picky eater, that aspect of feeding raw could be helpful. With all her other specs being normal, I don't think it would harmful to make the switch, and quite possibly a good thing. Two years is too young to have tartar already. Some dogs are more prone to it, true, but the raw diet helps with that, too, more the bones, though, than the pre-made.

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Raw is very palatable, and if she's a picky eater, that aspect of feeding raw could be helpful. With all her other specs being normal, I don't think it would harmful to make the switch, and quite possibly a good thing. Two years is too young to have tartar already. Some dogs are more prone to it, true, but the raw diet helps with that, too, more the bones, though, than the pre-made.

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Thank you for the reply I will start reading up on where to begin today, I just hope she will eat it. She barely ate her breakfast this morning. I hate tartar and I am always checking for it so this concerns me too. Not set on the pre-made yet.
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My older toy poodle started eating pre-made raw immediately, after never liking her kibble. We are very careful to monitor her weight and she is doing well.
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My puppy Sophie is not fond of kibble either so I mainly feed her natures variety premade raw with a raw meaty bone every few days. I still try to sneak in kibble cause the premade ain't cheap but it def IS more palatable for the doggies and she's been gaining more on it since, well, she actually eats it!


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If you find something that works, please share! I'm having the same issue with anorexic and acrobatic poodle Vegas. He's 52lbs, but he could benefit from being 57-60. His hip bones cave in, I can feel his spine and his ribs. I've switched to probably 8 different dog foods, and even tried raw a bit. He even picks at raw! I can't think about it much because it will get me frustrated and worried and he reads off of that so bad, and will AVOID food.

I have Vienna on a diet, and am trying to put weight on him. Vienna holds and gains weight on very little, and Vegas is active and eats little and loses weight.

Typical man and woman problems. =/
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Is the pickiness a poodle thing or what? Every other dog I know will eat anything and everything!!!


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Is the pickiness a poodle thing or what? Every other dog I know will eat anything and everything!!!


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I'm beginning to think this is true! They just have very discerning tastes.

Every now and then I'll give Leroy "people food" just to see how he reacts. He sniffs it when I show it to him, geeeennnnnnttly takes it from my fingertips, goes to his bed, places the food on the bed, sniffs and examines it some more, then walks away. I've given cracker-chip type of snacks, bananas, veggies... He only wants to eat meat and dog treats. Sometimes Leroy doesn't have time to examine novel food I give him, because Louis swoops in and inhales it. I call Louis the Pig because he will eat anything I give him! Even if it's sour (pickles, fermented cabbage), spicy (very spicy meat, habanero pepper hot sauce), sweet, savory, veggie, carbs... he will eat it all. Leroy turns up his nose to a lot of things - but luckily it's all "people food" - stuff he shouldn't be having anyway.
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I am still not sure what to buy but I do need to buy her more food today. She did not eat much yesterday or this morning. My husband doesn't think she will eat anything raw either so maybe I will just buy a sample bag of premade and some chicken thighs today. On a good note her ear infection is better, day five of ear meds. I just get tired of people commenting on how thin she is and what I should feed.
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Just seconding sophiebonita's experience with natures variety pre-made raw. Sprout gobbles it up and has gained weight. He is also very picky.

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