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My dog is from a puppy mill I adopted her 5 years ago and I

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My dog is from a puppy mill I adopted her 5 years ago and I have tried all dog foods on her she is a toy breed shih Tzu and bishon mix and she is very picky eater
Hi Yvonne,

My name is Jane. I've professionally worked with animals for over 16 years dealing with both health and behavioral issues. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.


Is your dog healthy?

What are you feeding her currently?

Is she under weight?

What type of information are you looking for?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My vet doesn't like that cookie won't eat dog food and is afraid that the

Human food of chicken and beef and canned vegetables may be the cause of her weigh she was 18 pounds now she is 15 pounds. I want to know if my vet, has a worry all cookie's blood work is normal and cookie doesn't seem to have any health problems, but dog food is a real issue in the house. If she won't eat, I don't want to spend the money and waste the food, just to make my vet happy



Feeding her a diet of chicken, beef and other foods should be ok but I would probably opt for frozen vegetables rather than canned or fresh vegetables and add a little fruit such as sliced apples or bananas.


You should also purchase some vitamins to supplement her diet with to ensure she is getting the proper nutrients or use nutrical to help supply it. Nutrical is what I would recommend and what clients use to get their dogs eating dog food. They will put down the food they decide to feed the dog and if the dog doesn't eat it in 15 minutes, it is removed until the next meal time. If the dog doesn't eat, it is given nutrical so the dog's health doesn't suffer. Nutrical does not fill up the stomach though. So the dog gets hungry and eventually eats when you put the food down. You repeat as necessary until the dog eats.


However, if you are fine feeding a homemade diet, it should be ok. I would just give the nutrical along with it to ensure she is getting everything she needs to remain healthy. I'm going to give you a site that discusses homemade diets.


If her weight loss continues, you might want to have some imaging done to ensure there isn't an undiagnosed issue. You might also try a little pepcid about 45 minutes before meal time and see if her appetite doesn't improve. Read about Pepcid dosages and usage information here:


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