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Our Ruby hasn't been eating properly since her spay operation and our breeder suggested hand feeding her which is apparently something she often needs to do with dams who don't eat after whelping pups. This is working. We bought a new high quality fishy-smelling kibble that is quite rich and she doesn't need to eat very much to get her daily calories. She turns away if I offer it in a bowl but if she is on my lap and gets patted and praised she will slowly eat a single piece offered at a time. It does help when I give our other dog some of the pieces because then she is interested in what he is getting and wants some too. Have others resorted to hand feeding at any point?
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When Molly was a young puppy she was quite small and a very picky eater. I worried about her blood sugar getting too low at times so I tried different things to get her to eat. This included hand feeding, putting the food on the floor, putting the food on paper plates or bowls, and using treat dispensing toys for her kibble. I say do whatever works to get them through their period of "weird" behavior. In my case these were all temporary episodes and Molly went back to eating normally from her bowl after a short time.
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When Molly was a young puppy she was quite small and a very picky eater. I worried about her blood sugar getting too low at times so I tried different things to get her to eat. This included hand feeding, putting the food on the floor, putting the food on paper plates or bowls, and using treat dispensing toys for her kibble. I say do whatever works to get them through their period of "weird" behavior. In my case these were all temporary episodes and Molly went back to eating normally from her bowl after a short time.
That is good to hear and gives me hope.
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What an adorable picture of Ruby! She's a doll! Good luck with her food challenges.
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Yep. There was a span of a few weeks when Chi Chi was around 3 mos. old that she would ignore her food. We switched to canned but she wouldn't eat it unless I hand fed her. When that phase passed, she would still take food from her bowl and eat it from the floor a little at a time. Now she eats FreshPet VORACIOUSLY. We have to crumble it because she eats it so fast she will vomit it immediately if we don't.
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Ruby is adorable! Yup, I have resorted to that as well. ): Whatever works.
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We often have to start Scout eating by hand feeding. He always pushes his plate around the floor and sniffs it. Usually he will just lie in front of the dish and look at it for awhile. Then he will pick up a piece of food and carry it off to eat. Sometimes he just doesn't want to eat. Truffles on the other hand will eat her food and Scout's. We really have to watch that Scout actually gets his meal. It's so funny because Truffles is the smaller one.

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Our Ruby hasn't been eating properly since her spay operation and our breeder suggested hand feeding her which is apparently something she often needs to do with dams who don't eat after whelping pups. This is working. We bought a new high quality fishy-smelling kibble that is quite rich and she doesn't need to eat very much to get her daily calories. She turns away if I offer it in a bowl but if she is on my lap and gets patted and praised she will slowly eat a single piece offered at a time. It does help when I give our other dog some of the pieces because then she is interested in what he is getting and wants some too. Have others resorted to hand feeding at any point?
We don't hand feed whole meals, but Pixel, who is our picky eater, has a morning ritual with her food, and if you don't do it, she just walks away and won't eat. First, she wants to eat breakfast in Dave's office. Second, you have to hand her the first piece. Then she rolls on it, THEN she'll start eating!


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We don't hand feed whole meals, but Pixel, who is our picky eater, has a morning ritual with her food, and if you don't do it, she just walks away and won't eat. First, she wants to eat breakfast in Dave's office. Second, you have to hand her the first piece. Then she rolls on it, THEN she'll start eating!
OMG that is so funny! Pixel is such a character! What joy she must bring to you and Dave everyday!
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Ruby...that face! Breaks my heart she isn't feel good. I hope her appetite will get better on it's own once she has recovered and her hormones have settled down.

Ha Pixel that's the way to run the show good girlie lol
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