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Old 11-04-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: California
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Looking for some suggestions on how to entice our girl to just plain eat! (For those who don't know...Kota is a rescue 6 month old wolf/hybrid)
Haven't seen her in a few weeks, as she is with DD down in Fl. But Chris says her hip bones are becoming more and more evident. It doesn't help that she is at that 6 month old lanky stage to start with.
Chris is currently working for a vet, so Kota has been checked over thouroughly...and is healthy , so no problems there. She just won't eat! Chris says she picks and picks at food...and she has tried 5 different foods in the last few weeks. She says the rescues at the vet are the best fed dogs since they are getting what Kota won't eat!
She occasionally feeds raw to the cattery, and she has given Kota raw...but, she says gets very aggressive over it...so she is hesitant to continue. Just spoke with Chris and she said if Kota has eaten a full cup of food this week, that's alot! She says what's funny is....she has a ball that you fill with treats to play with....The ball is full of dog food and she'll play and eat that...but won't eat the food in her bowl.
I even suggested, maybe the bowl was a problem for some reason! She was going to try something different later on tonight.
The vet says, she'll eat when she is hungry.
In the meantime, Chris says Kota could be the poster child for some ASPCA ad.

Any particular foods you know of that put weight on? I suggested Eagle Pack which packed on the lbs for my two and had to stop it quickly. Any additives....anything??????
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Artie is Mr. Finicky when it comes to food.

What's funny is that when my neighbor feeds him kibble pieces as a game (such as throwing it in the air for Artie to catch, or rolling a piece down the driveway for Artie to run and get), he's like a starving man at a buffet.

But put a bowl of food (good food! Wellness Core! TOTW!) in the kitchen? "Nah, not in the mood, but thanks for trying."

Well, really, I'm not going to start making a game out of feeding -- who has that sort of time to get through a whole bowl of kibble, piece by piece? -- but I found a solution. At least for Artie. Either boiled chicken breast or canned chicken (just chicken, in water) -- I shred a small piece with my fingers, shake up the bowl so it gets mixed in well with his kibble, and he gobbles most of the kibble up while aiming for the chicken shreds.

Just an idea...
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: California
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Thanks Dawn...will pass it onto Chris. She said she threw something in her bowl the other day...can't remember what it was exactly..but she said she spent more time nudging around the food trying to pick out the good stuff, than she did eating. The shredded chicken might work tho!
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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The vet says, she'll eat when she is hungry.
That's true. Just fill her dish instead of having meals. She's lucky that this is a dog that won't gorge itself like my dogs.

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Any particular foods you know of that put weight on?
The vet isn't concerned so I don't think you should push it. Puppies shouldn't be given food that will cause them too grow too quickly. It's bad for their bones and joints.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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If you want to put weight on Kota give her Satin Balls. They are 500 calories each. I make them and freeze them.. I make sure I defrost them as my girl will swallow it whole even frozen
How to Make Satin Balls (for dog who needs to gain weight) | eHow.com
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: California
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If you want to put weight on Kota give her Satin Balls. They are 500 calories each.
How to Make Satin Balls (for dog who needs to gain weight) | eHow.com
Thankyou! That is exactly the help I was looking for! Sending it on to Chris.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: California
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Keep 'em coming people! We'll put some weight on this girl yet!
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Definitely try Satin Balls...to get Charlie to eat regular meals I put a little warm/hot water and mix it with his food. I've heard it's supposed to make the smell of the food stronger. I've heard mixing plain yogurt or cottage cheese with kibble works too, but I've never tried it.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:29 AM
 
Location: California
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Chris said she will be making the Satin Balls today...hopefully, Kota will find them tasty enough to scarf!
J-Lo...the yogurt might work. Chris has tried the CC and with that long nose of hers, Kota pushes all else aside and does eat the CC. So maybe the yogurt would cover the food more. Worth a shot...thanks!
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Let us know how it goes. I hope Kota gobbles them up!
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