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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2020, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Good morning, our pup is named Kobi, is now 7 months old and active as anything. Question for the group, we’re having eating issues. He’s not a huge eater, in fact he hates eating lol. It’s a struggle every meal. We’ve tried different food, different dish, different time’s. Mornings seem to be the hardest. He finishes eating about 7 the night prior, and in the morning he won’t eat till later. But when he wakes up and gets going he at some point will start heaving and throw up bile, meaning his stomach is empty. But even after he still won’t eat. We make sure he gets no treats till he has some food but he’s stubborn. Any thoughts.
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Welcome to the group!!!

How long has this been going on? Have you been to a vet yet? He's probably throwing up because his tummy is so empty. But the vet would be the first step.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-07-2020, 11:08 AM
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I agree with the prior post that maybe a vet should check Kobi to be sure nothing medical is wrong. Willow was a very picky eater too. It was a struggle to get her to eat her kibble. I finally switched to Honest Kitchen dehydrated food and that made all the difference in the world. She loves it and lets me know when it's time to eat. The bowl is licked clean. Sometimes pet stores will be able to provide samples of various foods. Honest Kitchen used to sell sample packets but I don't believe they still do. Maybe you could call (Google for their telephone #) and see if they can provide you with samples.
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Hi- I am new here too. I have an almost 2 year old Havanese. Also from Washington State. Hope Kobi is doing ok!

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Welcome to the forum! My girl has always been picky about what she will or won’t eat. She only eats 1/2 cup or less of kibble a day, plus some freeze dried raw bits. It is not unusual for her to eat only one of her two meals a day at times. She is on the small side but has never thrown up bile from skipping a meal. I finally found a brand and flavor of food she seems to like and her appetite improved greatly after that. I would address the vomiting with your vet as he may need an antacid or change of diet. Good luck.

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Food can be tricky, but I would definitely check with your vet. I know that sometimes my dog vomits bile when his stomach is empty, and there is a name for it. If his appetite is poor and his stomach is upset for a medical reason, the . But I also know Havanese vary in size so greatly, the “recommended” portion of food can become confusing, and it’s easy to overfeed. My puppy was on 3 smaller meals for much longer than most, it just seemed to work for him. There’s also a behavioral element, in that he might just be hoping for something better. Mine can wait a ridiculously long time in hope of some of the “good stuff” when he smells my husband cooking. He’ll go to his bowl and just sit but not eat, looking hopefully towards the kitchen, and then eventually he’ll get distracted and wander off. Sometimes he waits so long we all forget about the food in the bowl and then it’s 8pm and he’s eating dinner! It’s easier to set up mealtime “rules” if you aren’t worried it’s health related, and maybe with some feedback specific to your puppy from your vet on his recommended weight and food portions.
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Welcome! My last Hav was a picky eater so I empathize with you. I have found Honest Kitchen to be the best for my prior and current Havs. The HK chicken with grain, no grain beef and no grain turkey recipes are all good for pups and adults. I also add a supplement ( which is the former canine life 4transfer formula and also contains bovine colostrum, probiotics, mushrooms, etc.). Once I switched to HK with my prev Hav, he overcame his allergies and became much healthier overall. If you buy it through chewy and your pup will not eat it, they will refund you and pay for return shipping. Wishing you luck.
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