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So basically my dog liked fish from the first day.She liked salmon oil and was never really into kibble so I usually added some fish (baltic sprats) to it. She was always happy to eat it. Than I switched her to cooked food. She was really into it (especially beef and chicken!).However one day after eating mackerel-based meals for a day she suddenly started refusing anything with fish in it. She wouldn't come near it. You could almost tell she's disgusted by the smell. Now I prepared sprat and chicken meals for a couple of days but she has been refusing them completely. It's day 2 now and she hasn't eaten at all. Now Is my poodle just a picky eater or is it something else? Every article on picky eaters says you should just keep offering the same food and the dog will eventually become hungry enough to eat it. Am I really supposed to starve her like that? It doesn't seem right but at the same time I don't want to engourage her to become even pickier (and I certainly don't want to throw away a kilo of meat). And I need her to eat fish from time to time so she gets enough vitamin D and omega 3's. What should I do? She is an 8 months old medium poodle.
 

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Maybe her stomach is upset? Over the years I’ve noticed that the girls will occasionally have tummy issues and will stop eating. Is she still drinking water normally? How does her poop look? It can be so difficult to detect what’s at issue. If it continues I usually will make them chicken and white rice and smaller meals until things return to normal. I do know that changing the protein can have consequences like you are seeing.
 

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I could write the book about not giving in to finicky dogs, especially poodles. But fish is in a league of it’s own. I tried Beckie on raw this summer (for allergies) and at first she loved the salmon but after a while, she started disliking it. She would still eat but it was only because she had no other choice.

Fish is the exception to the rule. I would not keep a dog on fish forever as it has a very peculiar taste.
 

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As one who suffers from food intolerances I have a great deal of sympathy with dogs who try to tell their humans that they do not like a particular food, quite possibly because it is associated with uncomfortable internal feelings. I would leave the fish out for now, and reintroduce it in a week or two, a very little at a time and served separately. Mine also went off cooked fish, but still like canned sardines, which may be a good alternative source of omega oils.
 
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I actually realised that when she ate that mackerel she did puke the morning after (white foam), and the morning after that. Maybe the mackerel made her sick and now she could be associating the smell of fish with how nauseous she felt. Because she litteraly looks disgusted when she smells it. Oh well, I guess we'll stop that once-a-week fish day for a while. I really hope she'll start eating fish again in the future.
 

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Same thing happened here - Asta loved fish and for some reasons I don't know, I just stopped the fish. He is now very happy with his kibble (Hills chicken) and toppings.
 
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