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Hi everyone,
I have just flicked through the forum on health and I can't find a previous post. I hope I haven't duplicated one.
I have a 12 week old male pup who was eating and growing so well until very recently. Yesterday and today he has really gone off his food or become very fussy. I dont want to go down this route if possible as i have stocked up on all his foods I know he likes. Can dogs naturally starve themselves? I was wondering if I left his breakfast down for the morning if he was hungry would he eventually eat it?
He is playing and drinking fine. I have no other concerns with him at this stage.
Many thank you's for your help.

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Have you had him checked by a vet yet to make sure he doesnt have an obstruction or something in his stomach or intestines that keeps him from wanting to eat?  Does he have norman bowel movements?  If you can rule out illness or obstructions, it might just be stubbornness.

Many dog owners will tell you to leave his food down for 10-15 minutes, and if he doesnt eat, take it away and dont offer it again until his next regular feeding time.  I feed my dogs 2 x per day, usually around 6am and again at 6 pm.  How many times you feed is entirely up to the individual....that schedule just works well for me.  He will NOT starve himself to death, btw.  When he's hungry, he will eat.  This breed is very intelligent, and it could be that he is just holding out, playing his cards if you will, to see if you'll give in and offer him something he would rather have....your food, maybe?

I have a little rat terrier (I have a doberman and 5 'Littles') that has a spastic colon, and on occasion, she knows when she is not feeling well, and will refuse to eat a meal...sometimes two in a row...until she feels better.  Then she's fine.  I feed her an individual bland diet a lot because she has such a fragile stomach.  Rice and boiled chicken, or cottage cheese mixed in with her kibble.  In fact, all my dogs get a tablespoon of cottage cheese mixed in with their evening kibble.  It helps with their digestive tracts, adds a touch of moisture to their otherwise dry meal, and gives their food a little bit more taste.  Maybe you could try adding just a tad of something to his food to entice him to eat.  Cottage cheese, yogurt, even a pinch of garlic powder (not garlic salt, just the plain powder, and not more than a very small pinch of that).

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Such good advice D.J.'s Dad.

Dogs do eat with their noses.. if it smells wonderful they will want to try it.. heat tends to bring out the flavor.

Ruling out any medical problem.. could be he's just not hungry. try not to stress.. when you're upset, they  pick up on it immediately..

When you start 'trying' other foods, please do so very gradually.. take up to a week to 10 days to switch over to a new kibble..

 

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Ah thank you to you both for your excellent comments and advice. His toilet are all fine. No blockages or any illnesses suspected. I think your right, he is just playing his cards DJ's Dad

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Oh half my message is not shown

Healthy dogs "cannot" starve themselves. Everything in their DNA says "survive". So dogs being what dogs are, I'm thinking that the puppy isn't hungry enough to ingest something he's not all that crazy about. At some point in time he will get hungry and will eat the food offered but could probably revert to his hunger strike again or learn to accept it. IMO you have two choices. Stand firm and wait him out or find something he'll readily eat.

There is a third option, Raw. Go to the grocery and buy some chicken wings and let the puppy try it. My guess is that the puppy will after a few minutes devour it, bone and all. It's scary at first, I was. Jewel was started on raw at around 1 year and Jax knows nothing else. Last weeks blood work showed EVERYTHING is normal (I do annual blood work ups) and I've had zero problems feeding this way. Just a thought.  

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Do not cook the chicken!!!

I need to ask about the cottage cheese for pepe le peu since he is not wanting to eat his bland diet anymore I know it's his sense of smell so that might do the trick but he has issues with pancreatitis and I don't know if dairy would flare that up

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Hi everyone,
I really don't know what or why only half of my messages appears? Maybe because I waffled on too much

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...I am pleased to say Thor is back eating much better. He was probably having a couple of offish days.
I have given him raw chicken wings before and I wasn't sure if that was had caused the inital problem but seeing as his toilet and fluid intake was fine I knew there wasn't a blockage. Just stubbornness and trying his luck. X