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Old 10-12-2013, 07:13 PM
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Default How to get Summer to eat soft food?

Summer needs to be on canned food/soft diet for 7-10 days and I cannot get her to eat it. I've tried all sorts of canned food from shredded food to chunks to the 95% meat. I've tried all ranges of 'quality'. The only one she ate at all was science diet ID. But even then she picked at it a couple bites then walked off.

Don't normal dogs think canned food is a treat? She hates it.

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Old 10-12-2013, 07:24 PM
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You've got me. After Meg's cleaning/extractions, they told me she would be hesitant to eat and need to be on soft food. And while I was in the store buying soft food, she ate the wrap I had bought myself for lunch. I considered that a soft meal.

Can you soak her regular kibble so it is soft? Maybe in chicken broth or something? Honest Kitchen? Boiled chicken and rice?
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:30 PM
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Try heating it up, warming it makes it stinky. Stinky =yummy to dogs. We fed Gracie chicken and rice soup after her spay but that wasn't as long.
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Freeze dried raw maybe? Like the mixes or patties?
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:35 PM
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Maybe sprinkle parmesan cheese on it? I did that once to try and get my cat to eat wet food. Would something like Fresh Pet (the little nuggets) be soft enough to feed her? My aunt and uncle did that after Phoebe got her dental, but I'm not sure if they did it right away or if they just did straight wet food for a while first (she had over 20 teeth pulled so didn't know how to eat kibble for a while). Summer might like the texture better than normal wet food.
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She has eaten a few pieces of Ziwipeak but even refused a full serving of that. That's pretty unusual for her. :/ Ziwipeak is not soft but it's not as hard as kibble.

The store with the freeze dried is closed till monday and I won't really get a chance to go there until probably next Friday since they close so early... Might could drop by though and take off a bit. But she has hated things like the honest kitchen when we have tried that.

It seems almost like it is a texture issue- it's the same issue we had with her and raw. Maybe once she realizes kibble isn't coming, she'll eat. But she's starved herself for days until she made herself sick before.
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Maybe sprinkle parmesan cheese on it? I did that once to try and get my cat to eat wet food. Would something like Fresh Pet (the little nuggets) be soft enough to feed her? My aunt and uncle did that after Phoebe got her dental, but I'm not sure if they did it right away or if they just did straight wet food for a while first (she had over 20 teeth pulled so didn't know how to eat kibble for a while). Summer might like the texture better than normal wet food.
I actually looked for the freshpet at petsmart but the freezer was empty. they sell it at one of the grocery stores so I could try it tomorrow.

I do think it's a texture thing for her.
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:51 PM
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Ok, so tried one of my freeze dried Stella and Chewy's patties soaked in water and that was another no-go. Urgh frustrating dog.
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I actually looked for the freshpet at petsmart but the freezer was empty.
Funny, they're all empty here, too.

When Logan had his extraction it was a PAIN to get him to eat - he likes soft food, but he was so sore and the antibiotics made him not want to eat on top of that. He's always up for pumpkin and canned chicken, though.
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There are appetite stimulating gel supplements you can use. You can get it from your vet or even a pet store. Something like this:

http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/...nd_Supplements
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