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Clingy Poodle likes by-products!!!

December 18th, 2005, 12:36 PM
As some of you know we just adopted a miniture poodle from a rescue place. Aparently the prior family fed her very "inexpensive" (cheap!!!) food - filled mostly with meat by products. In trying to help the dog I went out and purchased her Eagle Pack food... no by products. She refuses to eat it! Any thoughts? When my kids were little we knew that they would eat when they got hungry enough... same applies here? I know she is hungry, she tries to get at the cat food (listens well when we tell her no), goes over to hers and sniffs it, then turns her nose up again. She is going on 3 days of only a few nibbles. Should I worry?

Thanks everyone!


December 18th, 2005, 01:23 PM
Hi Kim,
usually when swapping a dogs food you do a step by step
changeover. This involves first tossing a handful of the new food in
a bowl of the existing food every day. After a week, up this to about
1/3 of the bowl. After another week up to 1/2, then a week later 3/4,
and then finally the whole bowl.
This "weans" a dog onto a new food.
My dog, prior to us getting her, was fed cheap "Whiskas" Cat food for the
first year of her life, and when we swapped her over to a high quality
premium dog food, she didnt eat for 3 weeks, lost 2 pounds (a lot of weight for a 9 lb dog), and started vomitting and diarhhea.
After such concern, and upon the vets suggestion, we bought a small bag of the previous food, let her eat it for a month, then slowly weaned her
off it onto a new food.
It can take time. They say a dog wont starve itself, it will eat eventually, but our little chihuahua was literally starving herself to death. The vet estimated another couple weeks of that and the dog would have had severe malnutrition! With little dogs you have to be careful.
Good Luck.

December 18th, 2005, 04:53 PM
Try Solid Gold "Just A Wee Bit" instead. It's very tasty. Sometimes they don't like one food but they like another, regardless of quality. You just have to find one she likes. Try to get samples from your food store instead of buying bags right away.;)

She's an adult right? Otherwise, we'll have to come up with something else...Just a wee bit (

December 18th, 2005, 05:27 PM
Is she underweight? When we first got Buster in, he wasn't too fond of Eagle Pack either, but since he was underweight, our trainer recommended we add a tablespoon of canola oil in his food. He Looooooved his Eagle Pack once it had oil in it, and it made his coat very nice and shiny :D

December 18th, 2005, 07:09 PM
Mine never liked eagle pack holistic. We managed through the small bag, but it wasn't happy.

Wellness and solid gold went over far better in this house.

You should see if you can get sample sizes of various better foods and try them out to find something you can both agree on.