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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 09-16-2007, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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pup will not eat

OK guys I need major help. We have an 8 1/2 week old pup. She did not start eating at 6 weeks with the other pups when we started weaning. She got a little smaller but was ok as she was still nursing a couple times a day. After we completely took them off mother, she still did not eat. We let her go 2 days more or less as she was drinking water just not eating. Thinking she would eat when she got hungry enough. Day 3 she still did not eat and was losing weight too quickly and was not as active. So we started feeding her puppy formula with a syringe and giving her nutri cal. We have tried every brand of food available in our town. The only thing she ate was plain tuna ( we were desperate) and she only ate that one time. She turned up her nose after that. We have tried around a dozen or more types of food and flavors...nothing.....We have tried feeding her with her mother so she can get an example...mom eats it maybe its good...no dice. The vet does not see anything wrong with her...However, I just caught her eating her own poop....now...she won't eat any flavor but poop!!!! Any help suggestions or previous experience with this or medical things you think I should check??? She perks right up when she sees mom.....I personally think she is depressed from not nursing...HELP PLEase.... Susan
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Try some cat food mixed in with the puppy food. Dogs love cat food and anything is better than nothing.


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cat food

Thanks for the suggestion...we have tried that too....:::
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Oh my. Then I would try another vet.


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I don't know much about weaning puppies- maybe one of the breeders here can pipe in. I know many think poop eating is due to lack of nutrition which would not be a surprise to you. Was this little girl the runt of the litter? I am guessing you have tried boiled hamburger and rice/ chicken and rice? Yes and try another Vet. Maybe one that specializes in breeding.




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My four month old doesn't eat too much either. Sometimes, it helps if I sit on the floor with him and have him eat kibble out of my hand.

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It almost sounds like failure to thrive....but I would try another vet as well.

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Will he eat treats and human food?? If he does, then you know he is just being picky...

Search for the threds I have started about my picky Beamer.. there should be about 10 of them or so.. lots of good info in those threads by all the great people here!

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Is she not eating at all (as opposed to being picky?) In humans this is considered failure to thrive and the patient would be force fed in some way. A vet who will watch a puppy lose significant weight at this age and say that nothing is wrong is not seeing the entire picture. So find a new vet and continue to feed her with a syringe.
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I agree with Judy and Cheryl. I had boxer pups that at times had a hard time going onto food but that was when I started feeding at 4 weeks. Try giving her a raw meatball of ground beef. Make it pea size, she may suck it down and that is ok. You can give to her these several times a day. I would also get an orphan formula mix with baby rice cereal and let her drink it or put in a baby bottle, cut the nipple larger and let her suck.

The longer she goes with out food the less likely she will eat. A weak puppy does not cry and will not eat.

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