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Can he starve himself?!
I love my boy but the one area where we have difficulty is his diet (it's the number one thing I've written about on this forum). We went from dry food to canned food to raw food to home cooked in the course of about 1.5 years. He's always been a bad eater except if we give him human food or his flossie. Yes, I know it's our fault. I do.
For the past year or so we've been home cooking and have wasted hundreds of dollars and suffered significant frustration because he eats poorly and we throw tons of food away. Mostly, I'm worried he's not getting the nutrition he needs (he gets a multi-vitamin daily). My husband and I decided we were going to get tough and reintroduce a very high quality dry dog food. Previous advice on this forum has been to wait him out, that he wouldn't starve himself. We're on day 3 and he still hasn't eaten. This morning he threw up bile. He also unearthed a flossie he had stashed somewhere and when my son went to pet him Eli nipped him! He's never, ever done that. We've always been able to remove food from his mouth without any problem. I know he did that because he's hungry. He needs to eat but I'm at a loss. Do we wait one more day? Do we feed him home cooked and try again later? Any advice is appreciated.