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Michelle, it's very important to break her of this habit while she's young or you're never going to be able to do anything aside from caring for her for the rest of her life. Dogs that insist on being fed and watered by their owners will often grow to refuse to use bowls and then refuse to allow any other person to feed or water them. This means that taking vacation, leaving her with family members, etc will be near impossible for you for the next 10-15+ years. Address this immediately and set firm boundaries for her. This absolutely cannot continue if you wish to break her of the habit. Do not take no for an answer, she must learn how to be a dog and eat from surfaces other than cups and hands.The first thing to do is address what is scaring her and possibly to change where she is eating. If she is scared of small noises, give her a kennel or room that she can eat in without anyone with her and without noises. If bowls scare her, try plates. If plates scare her, feed her on the floor. If she's hungry enough, she will eat. At 4 months of age, she can go a half day or so between meals if needed to get her hungry enough to eat. Also consider feeding a higher value food like canned/tinned to entice her to overcome her fear.Look at using other bowls or plates for her. Sometimes reflections scare dogs so metal bowls aren't a good choice. Look at plastic, glass and ceramic.If she's nervous about a bowl for drinking, serve her on a plate. If needed, use a dropper bottle like this one made for rabbits or animals roughly her size: http://www.therabbithouse.com/equipment/images/water_bottle.jpgStart with these ideas and let me know if you come to any road blocks. If so, video her with your phone or similar device to show me what she's doing. You can then upload this and I can help you troubleshoot.
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If she's having appetite issues, this may not be a problem with the bowl or location at all. It may indicate an underlying medical issue that needs to be diagnosed and treated. The short answer is, yes: There are appetite stimulants to increase her desire to eat. But I would be more focused on determining why she does not want to eat than I would an appetite stimulant at this point and schedule an appointment for her to see your vet for a physical exam and diagnostics.
Checking in, Michelle. How is Evie doing?
What diagnostics did they perform?
That is probably going to be your best bet. Without diagnostics, they can only tell you what they can see on the outside.
I'd start with blood work and a fecal exam. At 16 weeks, that should give them more than enough information to at least guide you in the right direction if this is easily treatable, possibly linked to a congenital issue, etc. Your vet may recommend more diagnostics based on what they do (or do not) find on the blood work.