Not eating well!

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Hello everyone, our done is 11 weeks old weighing 8.5 kgs. He's never been a good eater and we are we worried. We try to feed him thrice a day, royal chain brand mixed with science. Any suggestion/advice will be highly appreciated. TIA

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Try mixing his food with bits of chicken. Try warming it up. Sounds crazy but my dogs prefer warm food. Good luck. 

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At that age he may prefer it warmed or moistened. Might want to get a vet check just to make sure there's nothing going on in his mouth; I'm not sure how early thyroid issues can develop but I know that was a concern for me when June first refused food so we did a full off-site blood panel. Juneau goes through bouts of being a terrible eater, and when he's in a mood I basically just use handfuls of dry food for his morning training and leave him kibble in his wobble treat dispensers. He catches on pretty quickly that he isn't getting yummy treats because he isn't eating. He also REALLY likes Tripett mixed in so I give him half a can with each meal--I like that it includes some more moisture in his diet also. Again though, June is 15 months and we have done a lot of vet work to rule out anything medically related. How much are you feeding him? Is it a significant increase over what he had been getting?

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We still feed Bella chicken with warmed broth in her ToTW Pacific stream, she laps it up. She used to be quite picky, that is why. Now its just a habit and she gets less so she is more eager about meal times.

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Have you taken him to the vet to rule out anything health issues ? Our boy would chow down at that age. Maybe try to put a bit of chicken broth on it. You might need to switch his food he could be bored or not like the taste. But if he hasn't been to vet I would go and get him checked out for any possiblity of worms or anything else. We feed taste of the wild prairie and he loves it

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To the best of my knowledge worms generally do not inhibit appetite, only nutrient absorption, especially early on. If anyone has experience otherwise please correct me :) As previously mentioned though, definitely consider a vet visit to rule out canine chronic active hepatitis, hormonal imbalances, enzyme imbalances, dental issues, other causes of pain, etc.... More likely than not it is simply stress or boredom, or he's full. When I first got June I had to give him *tiny* meals because his last month with his "breeder" he was with older dogs and did not get much food. 

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Many thanks folks. He did eat this am and noon after warming his food up but the evening meal back to square one :-( will try other suggestions from above. Thanks much again. S

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We tried a teaspoon of coconut oil and he chows down :) maybe give that a try :) 

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He again didn't eat his morning meal. Hoping he would chow down his lunch. What's the best dog feed brand for 12 weeks old? TIA

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We feed taste of the wild prairie and our boy loves it. He has had a vet check to make sure everything was alright right? Has he ever had people food cuz he could just be being picky that's why we never fed ours from the table.

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No he's never had ours. I live in UK so give him the vet's prescribed. He had temperature last week for which we visited the vet and he had is check. He was eating quite well untill few days back. I tried mixing boiled chicken today and he finished in 2 mins. I'm so glad and hope he maintains this. Thanks so much x

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You could also try to mix some veggies into some meals. Maybe switch it up. He liked the chicken. Maybe try chick one meal, warming a meal and adding a broth to the next? You also mentioned he is used to eating next to another dog, maybe sit next to him.  When lex doesn't want to eat we will add a spoonful of cottage cheese or mix in the soft food version of his, he goes bananas!!

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Mixing cheese for 12 weeks old? Thanks so much! X

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I know a lot of people say no dairy.. Really depends on the dog.  When lex was a pup they used it to help the litter start kibble.  We never use more then a spoonful.

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I wouldn't do that dairy. To much can cause knuckling or worse. Especially when they are growing it can cause issues when they are older plus cheese can and probably will constipated ... That's no fun.

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Thanks folks. I'll try continuing with pieces of chicken x

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Try an egg I've cooked and egg sunny side up and broke the yolk in his kibble and mixed it really well so his kibble was covered and the egg pieces were mixed in and he went to town

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Oohhhh eggs!! I forgot about how much lex loved eggs!! We only used the whites cooked for him. ( hubbie likes the middle and gives the whites to lex). 

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Thanks so!