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Pup Finicky eating at 13 weeks

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It has been an ongoing battle to try and get CoCo to eat regularly. I dont think she likes the food i am feeding her, or possibly the way i am preparing it.

I am feeding her 3 times a day with the following.

1/4 cup of Vets Choice Health Extension Holistic Kibble, mixed with a couple of teaspoons of Vets Choice Health Extention Holistic wet food. I mash the two together, microwave for a few seconds and feed it to her. She usually will just take a few bites then walk away. if i feed it to her with my hand she will eat a little more. on occasion she will eat it all but very rarely

Last few days she started to just stick her nose in the food and walk away.

I know she is hungry because if i cut up a little fresh cooked chicken and put it in her bowl she scarfs it down and looks for more.

Anyone have any ideas on how to prepare her meals, how many times i should be feeding her, or any other input would be much appreciated.

I am concerned that she is not eating enough. I can feel her ribs and i would like her to be heavier at this point.

I will say that she is very energetic when we play with her, and i have been very happy with her development other than this Eating issue.

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I'm not familiar with the foods you're feeding, but they certainly sound okay to me.

So many dogs like mushy kibble (soaked) that if you're happy with the food, you could try boiling water, and then pouring it over the kibble, letting the kibble soak up the water till it gets mushy. Doing this may have an effect on how fast the food is digested.

Potty-times might be affected (sooner rather than later).

Soaking the kibble also removes the chew-factor, and you may want to provide good chew-toys to make up for the loss of chewing meals.

It's a LONG time since I had a puppy that young (1986), but I believe even at 13 weeks, you SHOULD be able to feel the ribs, so unless somebody else here knows different, I'd be glad the ribs can be felt.

A growing puppy usually needs food to grow on, of course. These days, I think people are saying you can change to adult food formulas around the age of four months (say, 17 weeks). You might also ask your breeder all these questions. Really good breeders will help you out and make suggestions, and it's always good to be in touch - always assuming your breeder is of the best!

I believe feeding three times a day is standard for puppies; I also always gave some kind of snack in the evening, before bed-time. I kept that up when my dogs became adults, till one of my dogs got diabetes (these were Australian Terriers), and HE could only have two meals a day, as he got his insulin shots after meals, and the food and insulin have to match up well. (Kumbi, my diabetic dog, lived more than the normal life-span for these dogs,and he died of cancer, NOT diabetes).

Please let us know how things go along for you and CoCo!

Oh, and, pictures, please! haha!

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When you say you mash them together, do you mean you stir it all up, or you smoosh the kibbles? (Sorry for the seemingly silly question, I'm just trying to picture what you do.)

I'm also curious what microwaving does to the food? Does it soften up the kibbles because of the wetness of the wet food? Wonder if nuking it does anything to the taste?

Have you tried offering a bit of kibble in its regular form and some wet food at separate times to see if maybe its one or the other your pup doesn't like?

Do you offer chicken a lot because you're worried about the pups weight? Maybe he/she turns up their nose at that food because they know there will be chicken offered of they do?

Just trying to brainstorm here.
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When i say mashed, i am mixing kibble into the wet with a fork. Microwaving the mixture for about 15 seconds so the juices of the wet food come out a bit. then stirring the mixture again before feeding. Dont think it makes the kibble any softer. i am not actually mashing the kibble. When she does eat the kibble i can hear it crunching as she chews.

I have only offered her fresh meat a few times. Certainly not a regular thing. I did this because i am concerned about her being underweight. As of a few weeks ago, she was 3 pounds at 3 months.

When i did mix some fresh chicken into the Kibble/Wet mix, she picked the chicken out of the mix and left the rest in the bowl.

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Oh ok, I got it. I was just trying to envision what you do to prepare it, and since I never have tried nuking, I wasn't sure how the textures come out afterwards. I can see it now though. Hopefully someone with experience with this will chime in. My Trooper would eat a cow if you let him, so I don't have any real life experience, just wanted to understand what you meant better so that I could try to think of anything. Hope you get some answers soon.
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