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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.
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Have you checked with his vet? Is his weight where you want him to be? I know you are worried and hope someone knowledgeable can come up with a fix. Bile indicates empty stomach for sure.

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I'd wait one more day then take him to the vet

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Have you checked with his vet? Is his weight where you want him to be? I know you are worried and hope someone knowledgeable can come up with a fix. Bile indicates empty stomach for sure.

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We saw the vet about a month ago and Eli was exactly 15lbs. The vet said he looked great and that he shouldn't gain any weight.
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Oh, you poor thing! I'd be worried sick and I'm sure I wouldn't be able to stand to watch him starve himself. Can't wait to hear how this turns out. Hope you'll keep us posted!

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Are you saying he doesn't eat home cooked, human grade food?

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Are you saying he doesn't eat home cooked, human grade food?
Yep, that's exactly what I'm saying. He doesn't eat human grade, home cooked food. I've been purchasing meat from the butcher, for heaven's sake, and he turns his nose at it! I even cook every few days so it's fresh. Oh, he'll eat a couple of bites once in awhile but seems to survive mostly on treats. We've cut those out at the moment so he is hungry enough to eat the dry food. I'd like to get him to point where he eats at least one full meal a day, like a 1/2 cup of dog food. He took a few small bites of dry food this evening but, otherwise, seems perfectly oblivious to it.
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Not sure but it sounds like he is at this point eating a few bites of dry kibble a day and also getting treats? If so, then he may just have you trained . If he really is not eating at all, I would take him to the vet. Healthy dogs will not ever starve themselves, though it can seem like it when previously fed human grade food and then they turn their noses up at dog food.

It would be a bit harsh IMHO to just suddenly transition a dog from home-cooked, human-grade food to dry kibble, no matter how high quality. I would at that point at least mix canned food in... just my 2 cents .

Good luck, let us know how it goes...
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i know this sounds crazy but when DJango doesn't eat, which has been an issue since he was a puppy, sometimes if I put his food in a different bowl and take it to a different room where i am doing something, he eats! it's like he thinks he's getting something new and different. It works almost 100% of the time
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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.
When it goes on this long I would consult with a nutritionist. Check out Sabine , if only to ask her a couple of question. It is highly unusual that ,if you are homecooking properly, that he would be so finicky. A vet visit might also be in order. JMO

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