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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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picky eaters & delicate stomachs?

mugsy was raised for the first 10 months of his life in the breeders kennel.
he ate orijin dry food only.

when i got him home he refused to eat it. i thought he was scared and nervous and just left it out, with water, for him to pick at if he chose to.
he would not eat it on his own but would if i hand fed him, kibble by kibble.
while this was a wonderful bonding moment it wasn't all that practical and i soon left him to eat alone. he stood firm to the point that i could hear his stomach growl with hunger pangs.
i tried another dry food...and then another, nothing worked.

i'm a believer in dry food and healthy human treats, like apples, carrots etc. and my last dog seemed to like that also.
mugsy will only eat wet food and so far i have only tried those beneful dinners, he loves them. he also likes biscuits/treats etc. i still leave the hard kibble out in hopes he will decide to try them again but so far no go.

as to his stomach...if i feed too much of the wet stuff he gets sick with runny stool so i have to hold back on that and make sure he gets hard treats to make up a days intake.

does this sound normal for a havanese?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 10:35 PM
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Joe..

Is it puppy food you're feeding him? Have you tried mixing some dry with the wet?
He may be getting the runs if the food is too rich for him..

One other thing you may try is adding some small pieces of diced boiled chicken to his dry..

There was a thread that talked about food and alot of owners agree that YES, Hav's are picky eaters and can even go with out eating a day or so...


BTW..did you know that raisens, chocolate and onions are toxic to dogs?
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Hi Joe,
My Beamer used to be the pickiest Hav in town.. He would only eat kibble out of my hand on a good day. Or if I drenched it with melted cheese.. lol He never liked any wet food either..
He is now on a Raw diet and has never missed a meal or not eaten 100% of his food.
There are some great raw dog food companies in Alberta.. maybe look into them and see how it goes?

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i knew about the chocolate, recently read (maybe here) about the onions but didn't know about the raisens.

with the dry food, i mixed it with wet, covered it in gravy and he would eat around it and lick off the gravy and leave the kibble.
he is very stubborn.

we seem ok now but it's my preference to feed dry but not his to eat it.

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Hi Joe,
My Beamer used to be the pickiest Hav in town.. He would only eat kibble out of my hand on a good day. Or if I drenched it with melted cheese.. lol He never liked any wet food either..
He is now on a Raw diet and has never missed a meal or not eaten 100% of his food.
There are some great raw dog food companies in Alberta.. maybe look into them and see how it goes?

Ryan
i need to do some research about raw.

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Also make sure there are no apple seeds or cores within his reach...

Check out some of the other Threads...I learned so much about good nutrition for my Molly by reading those.

Hang in there!

Maureen and Molly
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Hey Joe,

Here are some links to start you off with your research.. Alberta seems to have lots of raw food companies... I'm not surprised with all the Alberta livestock!

http://www.pets4life.com/index.php?p=home

http://www.k9choicefoods.com/index.html

http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html

http://www.mountaindogfood.com/

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thanks, i plan to.
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My Bugsy used to be the pickiest eater. He never, ever, ever ate just dry food. I had to add wet food and also my own chicken, beef or fish and even then he was a picky eater. After the food scare (even though we only fed top quality food) we switched to home cooked. Bugsy is yet to miss or not finish a meal.

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Marley doesn't love kibble, but he'll eat it it he gets hungry enough (Royal Canin puppy food, now starting to mix Innova EVO in slowly). He much prefers moist food and anything else over the kibble, though and I feed him a few slices of the Natural Balance Lamb roll as we go on our morning walk. He has never really had any negative reaction to food, but he does seem to have a tougher stomach than I've heard from other Hav owners.

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