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fussy shih tzu

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Joanneg1980 Mon 12-Sep-16 08:56:24

i have a 7 year old female shih tzu who was eating whatever i gave her up until i got a new pup 2 months ago now she will only eat the pups dried dog food i've tried every other dog food including the same brand dried food but in adult form and she just won't eat it! i know she can't continue to eat the puppy food because of the high fat content but i don't know what else to do! any advice please

villainousbroodmare Mon 12-Sep-16 09:05:15

Feed separately. If your chosen food is of good quality and fresh, don't question yourself, just put it down and leave it for 20 min. Don't add meat, gravy or anything else. Pick up after the time. No comments and no coaxing. Repeat. No treats until she is back eating.

powershowerforanhour Tue 13-Sep-16 01:35:39

As my old boss used to say "I've never seen a dog lying dead of starvation beside a full bowl of dog food". It's nerve wracking pressing the reset button as villainous describes and sometines takes several days but that's what you need to do. If you start adding gravy etc to adult dog food you will have to add more and more and more (BTDT...we had to do as villainous suggests to reset).
Keep taking her for plenty of walks to get her good and hungry (though not in the heat of the day if it's warm where you are, esp as she's a brachycephalic breed). Seven is not old and she will cope.

Joanneg1980 Tue 13-Sep-16 07:36:53

thanks for your advice smile

Daftaboutthecat Tue 13-Sep-16 11:03:49

Have a look at Millies wolfheart there food is suitable for pups and adults so that would solve the problem they could both just have the same. It's a very high quality food so you don't need to feed a lot. My pup really is thriving on it.

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