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Old 12-26-2007, 11:39 AM   #1
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Need help finding food for temporary dog

So, my brother was supposed to take care of the dog at the owner's home but because of personal issues he's left the responsibility with me. The dog is a small terrier of some sort. My brother brought with him a container of small kibbles with a few liver treats in them which are supposed to encourage him to eat the kibbles but they've all been eaten now.

I'm just not sure what to feed him now. I plan on making a stop at the local grocery and getting one of those moist canned foods, but I'm worried if I'll be feeding him the wrong thing.

Fortunately, this is only for a couple of days before we return him.

EDIT: One more thing I wanted to mention, he did vomit earlier this morning. I'm guessing it's because he hasn't eaten anything in the last day.


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Old 12-26-2007, 11:40 AM   #2
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You can just buy a small bag of kibble rather than wet food. If you have any bits of gravy or anything with your own meal you can put that on his food. Or add some rice or a bit of cheese.

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Old 12-26-2007, 11:48 AM   #3
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That's the thing; he won't eat the kibbles that we already have.

And I thought the things we eat aren't necessarily good for dogs to eat.
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:05 PM   #4
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Any idea what they were feeding him? I would buy him the same food he is already eating. If that is not possible, I say feed him what you have. When he gets hungry enough, he will eat it. Those little doggies can get spoiled!
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Originally Posted by Easton View Post
And I thought the things we eat aren't necessarily good for dogs to eat.
don`t think that so much, scraps are good for dogs, that`s all they ever ate during the War, and there were plenty new dogs made! if you follow my meaning.

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Old 12-26-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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I wouldn't feed him table food.Some dogs have a reaction to table food. If my dog gets table food and has seizures. I would just buy a cheap bag of food he'll eat when he's hungry.
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:55 PM   #7
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I would definitely try to buy him the same food he's been eating if you run out. Switching low quality foods (ones found in a grocery store) can really cause an upset system. Much worse than him vomitting.
If the vomit was yellow, a little foamy and slimy, then he threw up due to an empty stomach. The stomach acids didn't have any "work" to do.

In order and one at a time I would do:

Try wetting his food with water. Even if it's not a "gravy style" food, wetting it seems to be some kind of treat for them. Sometimes.

Also, some dogs don't like to eat in front of an audience. Can you put his food with him at night, leave it out where he can get to it, something along those lines?

My next step would be adding a little broth to it. Just enough to soak into the food and get his nose in the bowl. Chicken broth from a can is OK.

Even though table scraps are much better for him than a lot of dog foods on the market, his owners may not appreciate it. He may become a table beggar when they are eating, if he isn't already. But YT is right, dogs existed for years before commercial foods became available and they suddenly started needing all these vaccinations.... but that's a whole nuther topic
It's really hard with him being passed around, but I wouldn't want to send him home with any bad habits he may or may not pick up. If the owners even care.

And, dogs can go 48 hours without even feeling hungry. Most dogs eat out of habit and because they enjoy it. Although knowing that may not stop the yellow bile. It's just that he isn't going to die or anything if he isn't eating every day.... unless he's diabetic that is.
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:24 PM   #8
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Do NOT give the dog wet food or people food unless you want to clean up some nasty diahrrea (sp).

Feed him the food he has been eating. Or some high quality dry food.

If he doesn't eat it, leave it out for him. He'll eat it eventually. One of my dogs only ate very late at night for some reason. They sure won't starve themselves.
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:33 PM   #9
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lol..he's holding out for the treats..seems he already has bad habits. Just a good quality dry food. When he's hungry enough he will eat it.
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for your help, everyone.

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