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19 week old that turns his nose up at his food

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I have a 19 week old pup, Cooper, who is doing well except for eating. I know about the "15 min' food down, take away til next meal", don't keep changing food, etc. Cooper totally disregards his food after 1 sniff. I have asked the vet who suggested mixing a bit of wet food in with the Wellness puppy kibble; that worked for about 3 meals and now the not eating behavior is continuing. Cooper hasn't eaten since late afternoon yesterday and pulls this stuff EVERY day. I am really losing it over this situation. Before Cooper, my mini schnauzer wasn't eating due to cancer; now I have Cooper who won't eat!!! Please help me!! Cooper is about 6 and a half pounds right now and seems to have normal energy. He is supposed to eat a total of 3/4 cup per day and MAYBE gets half of that.
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Last edited by jbarton; 02-11-2020 at 12:34 PM. Reason: info We have a a lab who is more than ready to eat all of Coopers food if it is left down, which makes a bad situation
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I havenít tried to calculate calories in a long time, and of course different food will equal different amounts of calories per serving. But just for comparison purposes, my 14lb adult male Havanese eats a bit under 1 cup of food total per day. There have even been times I thought about dialing it back by a couple of tablespoons because itís way too easy for him to skip a meal when heís hoping for something better, like whatever my husband is cooking. His weight is consistent and his frame is pretty solid.

If he is losing weight or not growing, or youíre concerned about his health because of other indicators, thatís definitely something to ask your vet about. But if he has a good energy level and does eat, he probably needs less. From what I understand, the manufacturerís recommendation is based on averages of similar sized dogs of different breeds so itís really just a starting point.
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Thanks for your response. I am seeing the vet next week and will check with again. Good point of using mfg recommendation just as a starting point. I have never seen a dog turn up his nose to food as this one does and am soooo frustrated. I previously have owned all mini schnauzers and am not used to this. I switched up breeds because the mini schnauzers seem prone to higher cancer rates.
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Mercola Healthy Pets recently posted an article on dogs not eating. Hope you find a solution.

https://healthypets.mercola.com/site...e-in-dogs.aspx
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I had a problem with Molly not eating when she was younger. She turned her nose up at everything. I tried kibble, canned, raw, and dehydrated (Honest Kitchen). I finally talked to someone at a local pet store and he recommended a kibble that was coated with raw flavor. We use Instinct ( they have both grain and grain free varieties ) andI top the kibble with freeze dried raw pieces. I believe Stella and Chewys has a similar type of coated kibble. My girl loves it and gobbles up her food now. Good luck!



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Thanks for the idea for the food; I will def remember that! Also the Mercola article was interesting, thanks!
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Thanks for the idea for the food; I will def remember that! Also the Mercola article was interesting, thanks!
BTW, how does Cooper and your lab get along?
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They are getting along very well! Talie (lab) is very gentle with Cooper. Cooper is definitely the one who looks for trouble!! Talie really missed our schnauzer and has been happier since Cooper joined us. Our only problem with them is that Cooper constantly bites Talie's back legs....any suggestions? Talie will "correct" Cooper if she is really sick of the pestering, but not enough to discourage Cooper from repeating it way too much.
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They are getting along very well! Talie (lab) is very gentle with Cooper. Cooper is definitely the one who looks for trouble!! Talie really missed our schnauzer and has been happier since Cooper joined us. Our only problem with them is that Cooper constantly bites Talie's back legs....any suggestions? Talie will "correct" Cooper if she is really sick of the pestering, but not enough to discourage Cooper from repeating it way too much.
I am glad they are getting along very well. I hope others can weigh in on how to resolve the leg biting! I have no clue.
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My daughter 9 year old Golden-doodle hasn't been happy with many different foods and she trying out NomNomNow, which is Fresh Cooked Food which comes packaged for each meal. Expensive. So is Honest Kitchen. Will let you know how things.

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