Hershey ate prescription kibble and also canned rx food, measured, and
ate 2 x a day. In the mornings it was the worst when she wouldnt eat for
me and I had to give the insulin, what was I to do?? Well... I listened
to others, and I got some fat free cottage cheese, and oh boy did she love
that, so since she also vomited alot before the cottage cheese, as she
had alot of belly problems, along with cushings disease, I stopped feeding
her the dry RX food and she just got half of a can of the canned food and
cottage cheese on it, and this would make her want to eat.
Most times this worked but there were some days she absolutely would
NOT EAT. So.. I fixed her dish with the canned food, and sometimes added
infant baby food meat, just a little for her to taste, just to get
her started eating, sometimes this would work and she would finish and
I would give her the shot.
But, then some days nothing seemed to work. Her belly would be empty
in the morning and so I came up with giving her a snack in the evening,
of cottage cheese, cause she loved it so much, and she did eat that, and
sometimes it would hold her till early morning and then she would eat her
But sometimes it wouldnt work, so then I am now back to HELP!!! I need
you to eat hershey!! So.. sometimes I would scramble and egg, put that
on her food and sometimes on a small dish next to her food, anything to
get her interested in eating, once she was started, she kept eating, which
was a good thing and I was able to give her the shot.
One of the things the vet told me to do was that they said some of their
other clients found out that bread, toasted, and just a bit burned, not
completely burned, would work for some dogs. So.. I also tried that. It
worked. So, towards the end of Hershey's life, when she wouldnt eat, I
didnt even try all the other stuff, I just started toasting bread, not
alot, just one slice and then broke it up in small pieces, fed it to her
by hand, and also put it on her food, rx canned food and cottage cheese.
It was a daily challenge to see if she would eat or not.
It was so frustrating but I loved my little girl so much and I would
do anything I had to do to get her to eat, baby food, eggs, toast, cheese,
oh and if I had some lunch meat, I would take a small thin piece and make
tiny pieces and crumble it up into her food and she would eat it then too.
Oh and another tip, was peanut butter, she just loved peanut butter,
and so what I would do would fix her meal, and take peanut butter, NOT
ALOT, and not the crunchy!! and I would smear it all the way around her
dish, she loved it and it got her started to eat.
Oh and one more thing that worked for hershey, was that I
made up batches of barley, and would mix a little bit in with her food.
She didnt like this as much as the cottage cheese, but she did and would
I had such horrible problems with Hershey getting her to eat so
many times almost every day, and my vet had said to take bread, toast it
almost burn it and the dogs for some reason like the taste or smell of
the burnt toast, so you rip of f small pieces of the toast and feed it
to the dog, then put some on top of the dog food or mix it in, If
they still dont eat, peanut butter works, and cottage cheese and also pumpkin
not the pie filling but the 100% pure stuff, just a litle mixed
into the food, she would eat it, and she always had cottage cheese
that was a staple along with her Prescription food.
Denise and my angels, Jagger(DD)RB, Hershey(DD) RB, and my new little
(NDD)my rescued little Bingo boy, rat terrier.
I've recently gotten intrigued by the idea that smell is more important
to a dog than taste. I guess everyone has probably given a dog a bit of
steak or chicken off a barbeque grill just to watch it be practically swallowed
whole. I always wonder why, if it seems such a prized food that they don't
try to savor the taste as people would do. To my mind, it is just the smell
that gets them going.
Since I home cook much of Poke's food, she is able to smell it cooking,
and I vary the home cooked stuff a lot, different meats and veggies, but
I also will add a slight pinch of some spice, oregano, basil, garlic, rosemary,
nutmeg & etc., not enough to make it "spicy" but enough to give it
a different smell....
it is weird with animals, you can fry up a bunch of bacon for yourself
and allow them to smell it cooking...put a teaspoon of bacon grease on
their food, and they feel like they ate the whole bunch. I think their
noses have a lot to do with appetite.
Linda and Poke
7 Jul 2007 18:47:33 -0500
I saw where some one asking about feeding tips I gave Lee to get
Hub to eat.
I told her when Ditto doesn't want to eat I get a piece of roast beef
and tear it into tiny (I mean tiny) little pieces. Then I offer him
one. If he turns that down I put it on the plat with his dog food.
Then I offer him another one. If he turns that down i put it on his dog
food. Then I'll rub a
piece on my finger and let him smell my finger and we go like this
until he licks my finger a couple of times. After that he usually
eats a couple of pieces. Then he will eat the pieces on his plate
and before you know it the dog food is gone. This may take 15 or
20 minutes but it does usually result with him eating.
Was what someone from Muffin suggested which to cut some W/D into bite
size pieces and micro wave them. Although Ditto doesn't like W/D
from the can he loves the microwaved bite size pieces. I usually
microwave for 3 minutes. They are sort of crunchy on the outside and soft
on the inside.
Steve and Ditto
I did find that my dogs LOVE the canned dog food, but were sometimes
slow to dig into the dry, if I served only kibble. So I just put bits of
canned food on top of the dry, at each meal, and both dogs dig in and eat
But I also find that to get my dogs to eat, if it's only dry kibble,
I can pour boiling water over it and let it soak till the kibble is mushy,
and they really like that! Very interesting!
Sat, 7 Jul 2007 18:32:40
Carol Whitney (ndh)
More food suggestions from Poke's Linda that might tempt your dog
(or cat) to eat:
a simple bowl of broth made by boiling chicken or beef
a hard boiled egg
an egg poached in chicken or beef broth, served with broth included
a scrambled egg with a bit of parmesan cheese on it
a small can of cat food
baby food meats or meals
some tablespoons of cottage cheese or plain yogurt
chicken livers, or liver in general - You can cook them up with veggies,
or blend the veggies into a soup
a bit of Jack Mackerel or Salmon
a slice of bologna or a cooked hot dog...not very nourishing but something
Poke will always eat! She also goes for the more refined sandwich meat,
like turkey or ham.