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Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue!
My Mala"chi" won't eat for days... can't find a kibble he likes
Join date : 2019-08-18
Location : Port saint Lucie, FL
|Subject: My Mala"chi" won't eat for days... can't find a kibble he likes Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:47 pm|| |
I have 2 amazing fur babies; Maddie, 4yr. old, 94lb., spayed, blk. German Shepherd/blk. Lab mix & my handsome boy... Mala"chi", 3 yr. old, 83lb. husky. Both are rescues. Maddie was first... have had pets my whole life & have NEVER bonded like I have to these 2!! They are super special!! Maddie was 7 months & 45lbs!! & I had her bout a year before we got Chi who was aprox 1yrs old.
Did not intend to adopt Chi... he was a "foster fail" LOL!!!
I contacted our local husky rescue to volunteer to help batten down the hatches for hurricane Marie in September 2017... [my sister had/has 2 huskies & I knew, through her, the girl at the shelter & wanted to help!!]… their reply was that they were ordered to leave & didn't have enough room to bring all the rescues with them... it was not what I had intended, but HATED the idea of dogs being left behind so I agreed to foster Chi for the duration of the storm until they could get up & running again... picked him up LITERALLY as storm was bearing down on FL!!
it hit the next day as far as I can remember... by the day after that... I was done for
I called the rescue & told them they would have to fight me to take him back
Anyway, Maddie & him fell in great together & the rest is history... I WAS feeding them Taste of the wild/bison variety but Chi refused to eat it or the food they gave me... Maddie will eat ANYTHING!! started adding people food, mainly scrambled eggs, beef or bone broth, or sautéed ground beef, pork or turkey... besides the expense [kibble wasn't cheap either!!]. In addition they were getting "Waggin Train chicken jerky tenders", & a few other types of treats... but, I was worried about whether it was good for them especially after I found out dogs were dying of Salmonella
... new vet says NO!!! & told me to stop ALL the treats too??!!!!... told me to switch to Royal Canin prescription HP & only treat was to be old fashioned PLAIN large Milk Bones... now my baby won't barely eat at all!! Vet said the $100++ price of kibble was worth it b/c he'd NEVER seen ANY dog not like it... & the people food & treats were VERY unhealthy & I should stop immediately!! Wellllll… he was WRONG... Chi hates it... & the milk bones... so I started giving them cheapie [doggie McDonalds] treats;"Purina Beggin strips" but not nearly as often & have held fast to no additives in the kibble... he will begrudgingly eat it... when he's starving... but that's it!! he even broke into the gate on my bathroom to eat kitty poops from the litter box???!!!
I'm at a loss... I am aware of the "Husky thing" that they can go a time w/o eating, that they were bred that way... but he's just NOT HAPPY & I NEED him to be happy!!! Any suggestions for a Husky friendly healthy kibble or a fresh diet I can afford [for the love of God... it would cost me $1,500.00 PER MONTH for that... more than my mortgage!!] & some healthy treats that won't kill my dogs!!! H E L P!!!!!
Join date : 2018-04-07
Location : San Diego
|Subject: Re: My Mala"chi" won't eat for days... can't find a kibble he likes Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:08 am|| |
83lbs for a Husky? That's a big boy! You sure he's just not full?
It sounds like he will eat people food so it doesn't sound like a medical issue.
If it were me, I'd get a couple samples or small bags of different types of decent quality kibble to see if he showed more interest in one or another. We use Costco Nature's Domain. Taste of the Wild is considered a good quality kibble so that would be a good choice if you can get him to eat it.
Then I'd put him in a room by himself and put a bowl of whatever kibble you choose down and give him 15 minutes to eat it. If he didn't, I'd pick it up and hold it until dinner and try again. Assuming he wasn't losing excessive amounts of weight I'd continue this for a day or two to see if he would start to eat.
Feed him twice a day with no treats in between to start. As a reference, our huskies only eat 2 cups of food per day. One in the morning and one at night.
Edit: Just read a little closer: So he's 3? You've had him for two years? Has this always been a thing?
Join date : 2013-06-14
Location : Missouri
Join date : 2018-10-22
Location : Colorado
|Subject: Re: My Mala"chi" won't eat for days... can't find a kibble he likes Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:44 pm|| |
I tried to go the starve out method with blue buffalo. In the end only 1 of my 4 would eat it and the magpie and crow population went down significantly. No matter how much mine like whatever kibble it never lasts so usually i have a few i rotate through. I also am on a carcass salvage list and 2 game processors give me scraps
|Subject: Re: My Mala"chi" won't eat for days... can't find a kibble he likes || |
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