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Q: Fussy Dog!!!!

July 30, 2009 | By Theresa L. | 8 answers | Expired: 1710 days ago

Theresa L.

So most of you know the problems that I had with Mr. B. and Parvo (he has permanent stomach and intestinal damage). He's doing alot better, he's been, for the last month on Wellness Puppy and a mixture of Wellness canned to entice him:)....
My dilemma: he has now decided he will NOT eat the Wellness! He snubs his nose up at it, no matter what can of wellness I put in the dry, he won't eat any of it! Ugh!!
My other dilemma: He wants my vallie's Beneful! She loves the cheap crap and won't eat anything but Beneful....
So my question, according the dog food analysis website, Beneful is a 1 out of 6 stars.... ugh.... How do you feel about Beneful if you use it, and what would you suggest I do... supper's coming quickly :)

EDIT: Well, he ate, finally, at supper. And you're right, empty stomach syndrome is a problem with dogs. I have to make sure he has something at 8:00 pm or he has an awful time eating the next morning.
Looks like he was sick of chicken, I've made so much of it homemade with his parvo, that he wouldn't eat it. I mixed Wellness with Premier Edge a 4 star food, added in Nupro, a vitamin supplement that tastes like beef and added a little canned wellness beef flavored (instead of chicken) and he ate it, slowly, but he ate it. This morning, his appetite is much better, and Vallie is being switched to the wellness today also! She's easy to switch, she never gets stomach upset or anything! Thanks for the advice!

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Passion4pethealth
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Aug 04, 2009

Hi there,

I would love to send you a bag of the all natural dog food I sell as an independent distributor. It's all natural, no corn, wheat, gluten, no byproducts, no harmful chemicals. Only the best ingredients! Its made by a world renowned holistic vet, Dr. Jane Bicks. It's absolutely the best out there because Dr. Jane has your pets best health and nutrition in mind. I know this because I get to speak to her every other week! Do you think you or I could call any of the commercially made pet foods and ask for their formulating vet?

If you'd like to try it email me at amlynn_2000@yahoo.com or check out my website www.passion4pethealth.com

All the best to you and your doggie!

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Erin R.
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Aug 01, 2009

You know, Parvo is a deadly virus to dogs as everyone is well aware of. but once they've recovered, they've recovered. My dog, Sheba, got parvo asa very yuong puppy it took her abot 2 weeks to recover and that's that, she's sheba again, she's now going on 7 years old and is just the same puppy she was when we rescued *cough-stole-cough* her from our neighbors.

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Barbara Y.
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Jul 31, 2009

I have had the same problem with my Jasher this week. He just got out of the hospital a couple days ago after a battle with Parvo, and his appetite just hasn't really returned yet. I sprinkled a few bacon bits in his food, and that enticed him pretty good. He's eaten more today than he has all week.

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JerZgirl
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Jul 31, 2009

I would rotate proteins with Mr. B...

Dogs ate a variety of meats...you can buy Merricks B.G. (Before Grain) food in a can-it is 100% Buffalo, Chicken, Turkey, Salmon...etc. Or I go to the Whole Foods by me and get meat fresh for them...

Primal RAW food also sells Elk and Ostrich and Rabbit in a grind (just meat and bones) if you don't mind feeding Raw.

He might just be getting bored with same old same old chicken-my dogs do! Plus Beneful is stinky and gross-of course dogs love it! They love Alpo too!

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Sheryl J.
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Jul 31, 2009

I really like Jillians solution.....adding some real meat and maybe some egg, along with the Beneful, give him the healthy protein and the cheap stuff he likes.... key is he needs to eat, your mission get what he needs in him

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Jillian
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Jul 30, 2009

the main concern about 1 stars is that they lack the proper protein and contain dyes and fillers. by adding real meat to the dry food, you can fix part of the problem. just make sure you switch what type of meat you use here and there so they don't develop an allergy to it and i guess he can eat what he likes.
i have two dogs, both on a homemade diet. i cook for them once a week or once every other week depending on how much i made. the trick to making it last is to divide it amongst 3 or 4 containers, w/enough in each to last 3-5 days. one container goes into the fridge, the remaining ones into the freezer. this way nothing spoils. when you're finished w/one, you just pull one out of the freezer.

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Ethel02
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Jul 30, 2009

Well, you could try another holistic food, I use Verus, and Merrick is pretty good, this will be hard, but when Mr. B doesn't eat take the food way, by the end of the day try again, don't let him get near your other dog's food, I wouldn't do it for more than just 1 day because he could get "empty stomach syndrome" I don't know if that a medical term but we use it for the greyhounds, they can be very finicky in the beginning & this sometimes works, but if done for more than 2 days they get a stomach upset & can't eat, then you almost have to force feed them, and talk to the Vet about the bentiful he may just say give him whatever he'll eat, you don't need him run down getting over Parvo maybe the Vet has a supplement. it's a pain but maybe if you put some boiled, skinless chicken & put it in the Wellness that will help, no bones of course, one of my greys is 17+ and I've had to do this for her since we got her at 3 1/2, just for breakfast, I cook some & then nuke it to room temp. they are worse than little kids, but we love them.

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Mary C.
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Jul 30, 2009

According to the Whole Dog Journal Beneful is considered the Twinkee's of dog food. Dogs have a sweet tooth and Beneful contains sugar, as well as other nasty ingredients and chemicals therefore increasing the risk of your dog getting skin and coat allergies, yeast infections, diabities, cancer and other problems. Try to entice both of your dogs with a more healthy alternative. Chicken stock, liverworst, a little canned baby food, canned pumpkin, homemade gravy, or a little yogurt are just some tasty treats you can add to your dry food. Maybe you can get your Beneful dog on Wellness too!

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