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Oy, vey - Castro is on another hunger strike!

Happy Monday, folks...

Just when we thought we got Castro to eat 3 meals a day, he started another hunger strike!

He has been on a boiled chix/rice diet for the past week, didn't think he'd get tired of this already!?!

Since yesterday, he's just been nibbling, and taking a treat here and there. As warm as the weather is, he hasn't really been drinking either..

Don't even suggest nutracal, Castro hates it!

I know he'll eat if he is REALLY hungry - but in the meantime, any suggestions??

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oh that sucks!

How old is Castro and how long has this hunger strike been going? I would be wary of filling him up on treats and other junk since then he wont want his real and nutritious meals.

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Seems to me boiled chicken and rice doesn't contain enough nutrients for a growing puppy. I'd be concerned about that. How about Innova for puppies. You could also buy a tricky treat ball and put the kibble in there. As he plays with it and the food comes out, he'll eat thinking it's a treat.
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Seems to me boiled chicken and rice doesn't contain enough nutrients for a growing puppy. I'd be concerned about that. How about Innova for puppies. You could also buy a tricky treat ball and put the kibble in there. As he plays with it and the food comes out, he'll eat thinking it's a treat.
I actually put in bits of Innova puppy, with the rice & chix... still no luck!
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Why has he been on boiled chicken/rice for a week?
Are you trying to get him back onto kibble?
If you are, you need to STOP the treats alltogether. Offer him the kibble 2x a day (unless he is a young pupy, then you will need to do 3x a day). And if he doesn't eat it in 10-30 min then pick it back up and offer it again at the next meal. Do not give in and offer treats or anything else.
He will eat when he gets hungry!


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Why has he been on boiled chicken/rice for a week?
Are you trying to get him back onto kibble?
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Happy Monday, Katie.. Castro has been boiled chix/rice since he lost some weight when he was sick a couple of weeks ago. Including the chix/rice with his kibble also made him eat on time with the schedule.

Yes, I put away his bowl after leaving it out for awhile; I do see him walk towards his bowl, but he just sniffs it and walks away... Almost like he wants something else...
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How old is he and how much does he weigh?
When you say he was sick, do you mean he had the runs or was something else going on?
I would still stop the chicken and rice, especially if he is now feeling better. A growing puppy needs much more than chicken and rice.
Again I would only offer the plain kibble, 3x a day.
You could try a little warm water sprinkled on the top, but I wouldn't give into a picky eater. By offering him something different each time, you are teaching him to "hold out" until something better comes along.
Just put down the kibble, and pick it up after 20 min. I give him 2 days and he will be gobbling it up! (as long as you don't give in and give treats)


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Castro is going on 15 weeks; and about 4 lbs..

Castro was admitted to the hospital for diarreah, vomiting and seizure like spasms on or about 7/9/08. He lost some weight, so we've kept him on the chix/rice with kibble diet since.

Will try all straight kibble tonight; see how that goes.

He has training tonight, so he's gotta get his treats - should I eliminate the treats when we practice tomorrow?
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Did they do any bloodwork or test his bile acids?
The loss of weight, in connection with "seziure like spasms" and the not wanting to eat almost makes me wonder if he has something going on with his liver~ if he didnt' have a bile acid test done, you may want to consider getting one~
As for class tonite, can you "treat" him with kibble?


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This thread reminds me of when I first got Riley and he went on a food strike. Never owning a dog before I panicked, my breeder told me all the same things everyone else has said (I didnt have the forum back then for help ) On day 3 I took Riley to the vets because I was sooo worried, when I told the vet the only thing I could get him to eat was cheese & his cookies he shook his head at me. He told me I had one smart dog that has me wrapped around his paw and he was not going to eat for me until I stop the treats. It took 2 days of nothing but water before he finally ate and I have not had a problem since. No treats and no training unless kibble is used. I know it is scary but as long as he is drinking he can go a few days and be fine.

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