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Old 12-23-2012, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Audi hates raw anything, pretty much all kibble, and most treats. I have tried and given away more foods than I can count. She has allergies to "better" grains( brown rice, barley) and some other things. I think I finally found a food.. Bravo Balance. She actually ate it and seemed to slightly enjoy it! Is this a good raw food? I am reading mixed reviews about it. I have tried Nature's Variety and Small Batch raw and she hated those along with raw chicken breast and neck. I believe her aversion to "real" raw is the consistency. Any other suggestions?
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Have you considered home cooked? You would be able to mix and match the ingredients to suit her, and she might prefer the comsistency. It is not much effort - cook up a batch and freeze in portions. More info and ideas here: DogAware.com: Homemade Diets for Dogs
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Have you considered home cooked? You would be able to mix and match the ingredients to suit her, and she might prefer the comsistency. It is not much effort - cook up a batch and freeze in portions. More info and ideas here: DogAware.com: Homemade Diets for Dogs
I tried it and she hated it. I would love to cook for her except I never know if she'll actually eat it.
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Have you tried searing raw food? Some dogs like their food partially cooked, it changes the texture. Also, how are you feeding her? What do you do when she doesn't eat? She might be playing you, trying to get something better. Not saying she is but it's always a possibility with poodles.
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I'm inclined to ask if you've had medical tests (blood panels, etc) done to make sure there isn't a medical reason for her not eating? It's not normal for a dog to not eat.

My second question is what the previous poster asked: how are you feeding her? Dogs will learn that if they hold out, you may give them something better.

Also remember that with any diet change, especially to raw, the dogs may be hesitant. At first, I had to mix a teeny tiny almost unnoticeable amount of ground raw meat with Sookie's kibble to even get her to consider it, but now, 3 months later, she's on full raw and LOVES it, way more than she ever liked kibble. You have to give them some time to come around to it.

I second the "searing" idea. That will help the aroma of the food come out and that can stimulate the appetite. Also, "warm" food can be more appetizing than cold.
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I was also wondering if there were an underlying reason why she was reluctant to eat - even someting as simpe as a sore mouth or digestive problem?
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She is very smart and tricks me all the time with food. I am very, very strict with her in regards to food, but my mom cooks her chicken or forces me to give her a can of food if she doesn't eat by dinner time.
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I'm inclined to ask if you've had medical tests (blood panels, etc) done to make sure there isn't a medical reason for her not eating? It's not normal for a dog to not eat.

My second question is what the previous poster asked: how are you feeding her? Dogs will learn that if they hold out, you may give them something better.

Also remember that with any diet change, especially to raw, the dogs may be hesitant. At first, I had to mix a teeny tiny almost unnoticeable amount of ground raw meat with Sookie's kibble to even get her to consider it, but now, 3 months later, she's on full raw and LOVES it, way more than she ever liked kibble. You have to give them some time to come around to it.

I second the "searing" idea. That will help the aroma of the food come out and that can stimulate the appetite. Also, "warm" food can be more appetizing than cold.
I haven't had any medical tests because the reason for her not eating is the taste. If you give her a can of food, it will be gone in a blink, but not dry food.
My mom keeps pitying her and giving into her tricks. Right now her allergies are out of control.. I don't know if it is her recent trip to the groomers as she is constantly itching since then. Her paw licking seems to be nonstop, and her tear stains are always soaking wet. Ever since I started her on this raw diet, her health has been going a bit downhill, unfortunately and she seemed to do best on Orijen dog food with some canned mixed in.

I would have loved to have her on a real raw diet, along with some cooked meals. I really don't trust dog food companies and it is so hard these days to find a good food that hasn't been recalled or lying about their practices.
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I think the clue may be in her allergies - they may be the outward sign of even greater inward misery! I have an intolerance to all members of the allium family - onions, garlic, leeks... I lost count of the number of times my family tried to sneak them into my food, either thinking it was all my imagination, or that it would be all right if they were well cooked, or liquidised, or whatever. The effects are so unpleasant I can now taste even a trace, and stop eating. If I were very hungry, I might be forced to continue, and suffer the consequences...

If you cannot try an exclusion diet, is there a reason for not feeding her the canned food she enjoys? I think that with a dog with such severe allergies I would try being guided by what she actually likes to eat - it could be that she enjoys a new kibble for a while because she has not yet learned that that particular smell and taste leads to a tummy ache - and she goes off it once the connection is made, rather than because she is holding out for something better. Once you have found a group of foods that she enjoys you can work on creating a balanced diet around them.
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She is very smart and tricks me all the time with food. I am very, very strict with her in regards to food, but my mom cooks her chicken or forces me to give her a can of food if she doesn't eat by dinner time.
This, possibly along with her allergies, is your problem. Actually I think this is affecting her more than her allergies. She knows that if she holds out long enough, you will give her what she likes to eat....cooked chicken and canned food. Not sure how you are going to fix it if your mom is making you do it, but I would be willing to bet that if you stopped giving her what she wants, she would start eating what's good for her.

ETA: if the canned food she likes and will eat doesn't bother her, why not just stick to it?
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