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feeding django need help!

hi all, well, django has been inhaling his canned food, hills ID specifically for dogs with liver and gastro issues. the vet told me since he doesn't have a liver issue, he can go back to his regular food which was wellness dry. i've tried introducing the dry food, a few pieces at a time, and he has no interest! none! any suggestions?i need to get him off the hills ID canned food. i need adivce! this is the first time since i have had my dog that he's eatened canned food.
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Stella seems to like her food but then it is all I've ever given her. At my house it is eat or starve, she chose to eat She gets Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover's Soul. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be when they won't eat. Good luck.

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I went thru some issues with teh maltese only wanting the good stuff. What helped is to do about half and half at first. It is messy but I would just mix in the canned with the kibble with my hands and then slowly do less and less over a time period. Like do 50/50 dry wet ratio, then 50/25, then get back to your normal food. Canned does spoil them!

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You can add some warm water to the kibble and see if Django will eat it that way--it's almost like gravy. Or buy Wellness canned and mix it like Amanda suggested. Also once Django is stronger, you can play the at or starve game.
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I would try giving him Nature Variety Raw Medallions. Just put about a TBSP or two of hot water to make it gravy like. He'll eat it up and it will be so much better than kibble or hills.

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I struggled with Preston not eating for quite awhile and tried many things. Then I bought Iams bacon flavor gravy. It comes in a bottle and I just add about a tablespoon to his kibble and mix it up with my hands and he chows down now. I also put a drop of it in the others bowl and they went crazy for it too.

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Ageleke, are you trying to go back to one of the high protein kibbles? that would scare me even though he does not have a liver issue. I would ask your vet for a good middle of the road prescription food. perhaps one that is good for digestion-- that way you can get it both wet and dry and mix the two. just my two cents... I know from experience that not all dogs are good on high protein, My Jasper has become another dog since he is getting Royal Canin with all the evil grains in it. But there is no arguing that some dogs just do better with grains in their diets.

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I sprinkle this on my dogs dry food and they LOVE It. Its freeze dried, so you can just keep it in the pantry. A couple of my friends tried it and it worked for them also. Sometimes higher end dog stores carry it, or you can order online.

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Scooter is currently on a hunger strike too, freaking me out! He was on canned food with high fiber because he wasn't going poo. He loved canned food! I bought some Evo canned to mix in with his kibble to switch him back gently. He eats the wet food and spits out the dry! It's really funny but equally frustrating. He skipped 3 meals but finally ate about half of what he normally would last night. Wouldn't touch it this morning so we'll try again tonight. It worries me though!

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Try grinding up his kibble in a blender and mixing water with it to make a mush~ it's simular to canned food, but all the nutrients of his dry kibble! Then over time blend it less and less so it's chunkier, then eventually make it the regular dry kibble. (this is how I wean my puppies to dry kibble)


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