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Lance


Rattie
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12/31/2009 2:17 AM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
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rattagan's mom


Pack Leader
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08/09/2010 1:24 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
I've never had that problem Layla ours are piggies. However if I feed them just straight dry they are quite a bit slower to eat it. If I take a tablespoon of canned, add a little warm water to make a gravy then it's gone in minutes. That tablespoon is for all 5 dogs, once I add water it equals about a tablespoon of gravy in each bowl. But I would have no idea how to get her to eat a mealtimes, maybe try making a little gravy?? Jackie is now on even lesser food for weight loss but he scarfs what little he's allowed.

Janie, Mom to the Palm Bay Rat Pack
Rest in peace our darling Girl Baby, Cameo Nora 10/24/07-11/06/09
Rest in peace Cutter Bug Gotcha 8/2/08 Died 11/17/09
Rest in Peace Rattagan Lee 2/16/1997-3/29/2011
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garyjena


Bratty Ratty
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08/09/2010 1:40 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
I only feed in the evenings but I do give them a little yogurt in the mornings. Sometimes Geigh just doesn't want it in the morning. I do pick hers up because Boozer surely will eat hers as well as his.

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gwacie


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08/09/2010 2:14 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
My Zip used to do that years ago when we were still on kibble. But Lucy is not a super skinny thing so she's in no danger of starving to death if she misses a meal. Dogs in the wild don't get a meal every day you know (haha). I told my crew that and they just looked at me blankly - clearly not a prospect they are wiling to consider.

gwacie (Bethany)
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vccarmi


Bratty Ratty
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08/09/2010 2:24 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
Daisey is like that. I used to free feed so she was accustomed to grazing as opposed to sitting and eating a meal. After Eddie came to live with us he started to gain weight, which he needed, but then he continued to gain so eventually we realized this free feed wasn't working and went to planned meals.

Daisey doesn't like change so she still takes a bite, walks around the table, or the room, or the pool if we are outside, and comes back for another bite. It takes FOREVER for her to eat her food because you have to watch or Eddie or a foster will eat it. Sometimes she will completely ignore her food for a meal or two but then she woof one right down and look at you like "is there more?" It's like she binges and abstains.

Vickie, Ratbone foster mama
Mama to Eddie & my angel Daisey
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karenandheath


Terrier Terror
Terrier Terror
08/09/2010 2:32 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
I have taken heaths breakfast to daycare a few times in the past few weeks. when he knows he is going somewhere he doesn't care about his food, lol. But I feel like he will get really hungry not eating all day so i take it in a baggie. Yup, spoiled pupper. I know he won't starve! I know you feed yogurt in the am and kibble in pm....so you do vary it.

"Until one has loved an animal, part of his soul remains unawakened."
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Lucylu


Firehouse Big Dog
Firehouse Big Dog
08/09/2010 2:32 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
Bethany are you calling Lucy FAT!! LOL (rolling over laughing so hard).

Paul follows her around, offering her bowl of food like he would a starving child, I don't, percisely for the fact that Lucy will not waste away anytime soon, and truthfully as long as she is drinking it's the perfect weight loss method.

Layla
Mommy to Lucy, Fiona, Kip, Cassie, and Angel Sally
Rest in Peace my sweet Sally (June 4, 1998-October 18, 2013)
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Hargan's Mum


Ratastic
Ratastic
08/09/2010 2:39 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
every once in a while Hargan doesn't want his "wet" food in the morning.(which he normally inhales) we will leave it down for about 15 min and then pick it up. His kibble is always down as we free feed this and he generally will eat a little in the evening or when he is feeling extra hungry. I have noticed that if he has had a long run and long frisbee play that day he will eat more. The first time he wouldn't eat his morning food, I was beside myself and hubby said just pick it up if he is hungry he always has his kibble. Hargan doesn't have a weight problem so I do worry, I think he is too thin, but the vet at his check=up said his weight was just right....so I try not to worry about it and take my husbands advise.

Deb & Hargan
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gwacie


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08/09/2010 4:20 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
I would never call Lucy Teddy Angel 'fat'...that would be RUDE! She's a lady after all. However...she is certainly a full figured gal. Cracked up about Paul following her around.

We actually switched to once a day feedings because my Zip, who used to be VERY thin (rib counting hip jutting thin) couldn't afford to miss a meal and I found he actually ate more when I fed him once a day rather than twice. It seems for some dogs they need to build up an appetite. Of course now that we are raw that hasn't been an issue in 10+ years....they all eat like they've never been fed before but still only once a day.

gwacie (Bethany)
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Jinx


Rat-A-Tat-Tat
Rat-A-Tat-Tat
08/09/2010 5:57 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
My Abby has these phases ALL THE TIME, and it's ANNOYING. >< She eats in her crate, for exactly this reason. That way the other two can't mow all her food down, and she can't go anywhere til she eats it.

Abby is skinny, so I sometimes worry if she won't eat for more than a day. Sometimes she'll eat not at all, sometimes she'll eat like 5 kibbles, and then there are days she'll wolf down her food and stare at me for more.

I switch between two of the different kinds of ToTW on a fairly regular basis, and each of my dogs are offered just over a half cup a day. Taylor's I've taken to scattering throughout the living room so he has to go walk around to get each piece, or he'd literally eat in 15 seconds. Trin's gets scattered over the kitchen floor, or she's the same, and Abby sits there in her crate and picks at her bowl. Little snot. I vacuum A LOT 'cause otherwise there's food crumbs all over the place. ><

I'm seriously considering asking a friend of mine who still works at my old training facility to go buy me a couple of the new treat balls I just saw in their email ad, and I'll pay her back, 'cause I'm pretty sick of the scatter-feeding, but I'm not really ready to go back there just yet in person.

Amy - Mom to:
Abby-CGC, CL1-R, TBAD
Taylor-CGC
Trinity-CGC, TF III, FDX, NA, NAJ, TG1
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Nahara07


Rattie
Rattie
08/12/2010 12:23 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  

Both my boys are like that (Manwe & Penfold), they eat when they want... we used to have food down all the time so they could graze as and when. Since Aston has figured out where their food is and isn't afraid to come on the tiles in the kitchen anymore we have to pick it up. She sneaks in when we're watching tv and cleans the bowl out! She hasn't figured out the stash in my sister's room or mine yet.


Michelle - Mommy #2 to Manwe Radar, tri-color Rattie
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HEYLA


Ratterific
Ratterific
08/12/2010 10:18 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
I have this same problem with one of my females. My view point is she'll eat when she gets hungry enough, but days went by and she wouldn't eat kibble. She ate any treats, just not any dry food. She got to the point where she was vomiting bile from her empty tummy, so I put her on canned. Oh her appetite is fine on canned. Sadly, I created a monster in doing so. After two weeks, my old male who was eating just fine, decided that he too should get canned and now refuses to eat the dry. So I got some of that Iams gravy in a bottle and I'm putting them both back on kibble and will just give it a squirt. Beats spending the $ on canned.

"If it has tires or testicles, it's gonna be trouble"

..... HeyLA!
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Lucylu


Firehouse Big Dog
Firehouse Big Dog
08/13/2010 7:53 AM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
Good to know this is nothing unusual.
She has started to eat regularly, this morning she snapped at Kip who tried to take her breakfast. Funny when Fiona does it, she lets her. Sibling rivalry i guess.

Layla
Mommy to Lucy, Fiona, Kip, Cassie, and Angel Sally
Rest in Peace my sweet Sally (June 4, 1998-October 18, 2013)
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desert*rats


Ratastic
Ratastic
08/13/2010 8:29 AM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  

I think it is absolutely normal for dogs to have variable appetites...some of them are total chow hounds, and for others, food is just not a priority in life. Most are somewhere in the middle.

I tend to go with the mentality that a healthy animal won't starve itself, and when they get hungry enough, they will eat. Offer a high quality food, once or twice a day for 15 minutes, then pick up the bowl. In reality, once-a-day feeding is fine for most adult dogs, and I find with my own that my poor eaters actually eat more with one scheduled feeding per day rather than free feeding. If food is available all the time, they pick, and they never really get to the point that they feel hunger.

And the more you fuss over them, and add goodies to the food, the more picky they will get...Ratties are very smart dogs, and they quickly tune in to your concerns that they aren't eating, and they will milk it for all it's worth, LOL!

One thing to check on, especially in a middle aged or older dog that loses its desire to eat dry food, is the condition of their teeth...if they are having any discomfort from decaying and/or loose teeth, it may be painful for them to crunch the dry kibble.


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garyjena


Bratty Ratty
Bratty Ratty
08/13/2010 1:15 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
Since you started this thread, Geigh has not eaten her yogurt breakfast three times. Once she didn't even finish her dinner.

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ShellyeJo


Terrier Terror
Terrier Terror
08/13/2010 10:27 PM RE: Sometimes Lucy just doesn't want to eat  
Tucker is awful about eating. He is very picky, gets bored quickly with any type of food and wants me to stand right there with him while he eats ever so slowly. Maddy is the polar opposite. She will inhale any food you give her and beg for more. Tucker even carries his treats around until he is ready to eat them. I think he does this to aggravate her though. Kinda of like nah nah nah nah, I have a treat and you don't! LOL.....

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