we have just rescued a dog from the rspca 2 weeks ago. aparat from markie biscuits and dog chews she refuses anything else . rspca recommended dry food/ butchers tripe, not interested. tried mince chicken other brands, still not eating. water ok. what else can we try,she is very timid and comes from bad back ground. D Mason
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!Is there evidence of stomach upset with vomiting or diarrhea?Is she a thin body weight? A normal body weight?Is she lethargic or sick in any other way?-
no evidence of illness, normal weight- very timid anxious, noy used to human contact (back ground rescued from a house with 50 other dogs)
Excellent!I have seen man cases over the years where the dog is rescued, comes into the new home, and there are a comination of factors including the change of diet as well as anxiety which limits their interest in food.With that in mind, it would be best to use only a balanced commercial dog.This is well balanced for vitamins and minerals which a dog needs.As they get used to the new family and new house, this is going to get easier over time, but like anything in in life - you need to train them, food too!Typically here we start with a mixture of what they will eat, and the diet you want thme to eat - a balance of the two.Over 1-2 weeks as they get used to the mixture, gradually reduce the improper diet and increase the commercial diet until they are only eating the commercial diet.I hope this helps! Please REPLY if more information is needed.Positive RATING (EXCITED FACE or 5 STARS) and bonus if happy is appreciated as this is the only way I know you have received the information and I receive credit for my time. If for any reason the rating box is not visible or you are unable to enter a rating, please send me a message.This is meant to be a running dialogue, and for this reason it is very IMPORTANT that you reply using the REPLY TO EXPERT button if more information is needed at any time BEFORE rating.Please remember to ONLY rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "Poor Service" or "Bad Service", please STOP and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.Join thousands of satisfied customers by adding me to your bookmarks/favorites: CriticalCareVet.Just type your future question in the text box to direct it to my personal attention.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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