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Q: Does your dog need a special food bowl?

September 5, 2009 | By Ninaof2girls | 8 answers | Expired: 1894 days ago

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Does your dog need a special food bowl?

After my husband started spoiling our dog by hand feeding her chicken, she got to the point where she doesn't want to eat out of her dish anymore. It doesn't matter what you put in it. She has a nice large plastic bowl that is always kept clean but she most always refuses to eat out of it. She will drink her fresh water out of the exact same type of bowl but won't touch her food. She only wants to eat if you hand feed her everything or put it on a different dish and hold the dish in your hand. Is that just being spoiled or is it a problem with the plastic? Does anyone know if the metal or ceramic bowls are better for your dog than plastic? She will starve herself to death if we don't hand feed her.

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Katie M.
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Sep 18, 2009

For a while the only way my dog would eat is if I put her food on a paper plate. She eventually got over it, I didn't do anything special. Your dog will eat when she gets hungry enough, she won't starve herself. Good luck!

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Tricia L.
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Sep 09, 2009

I had a husky mix and she would not eat her dog food. Everyone told me that a dog would not starve themself and would eat if they got hungry enough. She wouldnt eat. She was perfectly healthy. I took her to the vet and all. I had to use chicken flavor broth and pour it on her food or she wouldnt eat it.
I think huskys are very picky eaters... =)

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Kris
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Sep 06, 2009

I don't think the bowl is the reason you dog is not eating. It may take a couple days, but your dog will eat if she is not given any other food or treats. She will not starve herself. It may seem like she goes a long time without eating to you, but she will not starve. I have a dog who goes through periods where he gets finicky and just doesn't want to eat; this sometimes lasts a couple days, but he always starts eating. That being said, I would switch from the plastic to ceramic or stainless steel bowls for the food and water.

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Norrie
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Sep 06, 2009

Plastic is not good, it doesn't cause problems with all pets but best to avoid it, I think ceramic is easier to clean but can chip , crack or break. We use ceramic w/ our inside cats and when we had dogs used ceramic for water and stainless steel for food.
Just like a small picky child, a dog will not starve itself. Put small amounts of food in her bowl, remove any uneaten food after a few hours. Try to relax, she's stubborn but not stupid, she'll come around.

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Ches21
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Sep 05, 2009

Don't give your dog treats for a while once she realizes that the only food avilable is in her bowl she will eat it. I don't think that a plastic bowl could harm an animal my mom has used them all her life and we had three cats when I was little that lived for a long very long time. They never got sick from anything on or in the plastic bowls. None of our pets ever have. Also My dog will pick some of her food up and take it out of her bowl and carry it over somewhere else drop it on the floor and eat it off the floor. Maybe you should allow your dog to do the same.

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Ethel02
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Sep 05, 2009

BACON GREASE??? Boiled chicken but still not in plastic.

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Ethel02
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Sep 05, 2009

She is probably spoiled but actually a plastic bowl for food or water IS BAD for your dog, get the stainless steel, or use a china bowl, but there is something in the plastic that do harm, the man next door did the same to his dog I watched him for a week & almost lost my mind I followed him around with special food on a paper plate, I thought that no one could spoil a dog like I can, I was wrong.

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Lauren D.
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Sep 05, 2009

Your dog is not going to starve herself, she's still an animal with a strong self-preservation and food-seeking instinct. She just finds it more enjoyable to spend time getting spoiled by you while she's eating. The best way to cure this behavior is to stop it altogether. Don't give her any food or treats except in the bowl. Give her a tasty food she enjoys with a strong smell, like chicken or kibble with bacon grease on it, leave it in the bowl, and ignore her. You might even try leaving the house. If she doesn't eat it within an hour or two pick it up and try again that evening. Eventually she'll eat twice a day on a set schedule out of her bowl. The main thing is not to spoil her or feel sorry for her, stick to your guns. She will eat when she is hungry enough.

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