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Food Behavior Problem
My pup, Scrappy, has had food issues since we got him. He is allergic to chicken and has been on a gently cooked beef diet (AllProvide Beef Crumbles) since he was 9 months old. Our vet is holistic and she felt that he was Yang Deficient (too cold - this was a recent diagnosis based on some licking and stomach issues he was having. They have since cleared up.), so we started adding lamb and venison (alternating) to his beef. He enjoyed it for a time, but now he is refusing to eat. So I took away the lamb and venison but he still won't eat. It is a huge production. I have to lure him over with pork tenderloin, then I have to hand feed him. Literally, I am picking up the food with my hand and he eats it out of my palm. Sometimes he will finish off the plate on his own. He won't eat for anyone else but me.
I think it is behavioral. My schedule has changed a bit recently. I started working part time but he is rarely alone for more than 4 hours at a time. His routine is the same though except for our morning walk (too cold).
Normally, he is fed twice a day, but some days he won't eat breakfast. He doesn't seem any worse despite the fact that some days he skips a meal altogether.
I know there is a lot to unpack, but I am open to any suggestions or ideas.
FYI - Make up of each meal:
2.5 ounces of Beef Crumbles
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 packet of Synacore
2 crushed Happy Earth pills (Chinese medicine)
bits of pork tenderloin (these were his training treats)
He gets 1 treat ball a day of 10-12 Cocotherapy Pumpkin Pie mini treats.