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Lucy has been eating on and off for about a week now. Outside she doesn't want to walk at all and she is constantly sniffing! at home she acts normal and playful and energetic all the time but when it comes to meal time she might eat a little and then come back in about an hour and eat a little more. I don't want to take her to the doctor because I am not a fan of paying a 100-500$ bill and the last time I took her to the vet she had an ear infection and the vet gave me a cream to put in her ear for 14 days and it went away but a week later it came back. Finally I looked online and found a cream that helped other dog owners with the same problem and after 7 days her ear infection was gone. Any ideas on how Lucy could be helped?

P.S I feed her stella&chewy's freeze dried dog patties, cesar's wet dog food and kibbles, does anybody think I should maybe change her diet and what do you havanese owners feed your dogs?

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Are you feeding her too much? Count treats and snacks too! Sometimes my boys are not in the mood to eat for a couple of meals, they usually have upset tummy or bowel problems, so they know when not to eat, I do not worry about it.

As long as they are acting right, running, playing, pooing, drinking water, give them a couple of days. My 2 cents worth...



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After 15 minutes at most, take the food up, and only put food back down when it's time for her to eat again. She won't starve herself.

When we have visiting dogs come to stay here, they are fed with the pack. If one hesitates, his/her food gets scarfed down by one of the others. One might miss a meal or two, but after that, they get in on the act and don't lift their head from their bowl until it's all gone.

No picky eaters here.
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When I train Lucy or give her a treat I use kibble (they don't work very well) and that comes out of her dinner or breakfast so I don't think I feed her to much. Before this happened Lucy finished her food in under a minute and I didn't have to wash the bowl afterwards she was never a picky eater but now...

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If she always ate her food and is now being picky, I would be slightly concerned.

Maybe try getting some good healthy made in the USA dog treats. If she gobbles them up, I would think she just might be tired of her food.

When I only had Bella, I would free feed her because she is a grazer. I can't do that with the boys now.

If you have any doubt, I think the vet is a good idea. You don't want to have regrets later.





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I agree with Linda. Beau is a grazer -- and he often skips meals (sometimes for a couple days! That said, the change in her pattern is a bit of a concern. Has her behavior with not wanting to walk a change, too?



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I agree with Linda. Beau is a grazer -- and he often skips meals (sometimes for a couple days! That said, the change in her pattern is a bit of a concern. Has her behavior with not wanting to walk a change, too?
Ya Lucy used to love going for walks and she would run around but now I almost have to drag her out of the front door and after she has done her business I have to drag her back home. She is also sniffing a lot she would stop and sniff and then stare at me. But when I feed her Stella&Chewy's Salmon Kisses she gobbles them up like there's no tomorrow. She also gobbles up her Virbac Premium Chews for Dogs. (she doesn't like her teeth brushed so I give her these treats instead and they work really well)

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