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Unhappy Need HELP with new puppy

Hello! I have recently aquired an 11 week old Golden puppy after losing my 12 year old Boxer....

I'm completely overwhelmed with her issue....
She has been with us for 3 weeks now & has been a finicky eater - not really normal for a puppy. We have tried at least 20 brands of food (wet, dry, and the Nat. Balance refrig meat). For the past 2 weeks she will not eat at all. I have been force feeding a/d & supplementing with alphaG, intesti-tune, The missing Link). Veterinary bill is already up to $2500 & sure to go up from there. All of her lab work is for the most part WNL, diarrhea panels are normal, ultrasound = normal, multiple radiograph = normal. She acts like a normal healthy, happy, playful puppy but she will not eat

Any ideas?? Raw diet, etc.?

Thanks so much,
Lauren
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I am bumping this up hoping someone can help.
I would take her to the emergency vet if she won't eat.
Puppies can dehydrate and can die quickly!!

Did they do xrays-could she have swallowed something and have a blockage?
Is her mouth o.k.?

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Thank you for the quick response I work for a specialty & emergency veterinary hospital & that is were I have had her hospitalized off an on for the past 2 weeks. She was seen by our ER Dr, Cardiologist, Internal Medicine Dr, & Radiologist. They are stumped??? No foreign body found on any of the 3 full body radiographs or 2 ultrasounds done.
I have been making sure she is hydrated & I force feed her a/d, max cal, & other puppy wet food 5-6 times a day. She seems to be gaining weight back but I just can't understand why she will not eat on her own???
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Sorry to hear your pup is sick. As you have the medical side of the house covered, have you contacted her breeder? Were there any issues during her first weeks of life?
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Hello! & Thank you... I checked in with the breeder the first week I had her home but she said nothing about any issues. Thank you for that idea... I think that I will submit an email to her today & explain the situation in depth.
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Wow, that is a lot to go through with a baby puppy... I agree with the SheetsSM, did you speak with her breeder about this? When she got home, did you switch her food straight away? Does she drink enough by herself, or do you have to force that into her as well? If you switched twenty times already, maybe she is confused? If you don't force her to eat, for how long does she go on 'not eating'? Does she eat treats?

Sory for all the questions, I am sure you must have answered lots already. Just trying to think...
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I'm going with the premise she is healthy, but picky. 20 different foods in 3 weeks is a lot. Was she free fed at the breeder? Tayla was free fed prior to our getting her at 4 months. Our first few months were difficult. Leave it down for 20 minutes then take it up. Feed again at night 20 minutes and take it up. It took a while for Tayla to get it, but she did. If she is drinking and will eat treats she may be just being difficult.


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I would definitely leave food down at all times for her. I know in a perfect world it's best to give dogs set meal times, but some dogs just don't take to that and have to kind of just have a bowl out there that's constantly refilled whenever it gets low so they can eat on their own schedule. Sometimes there's got to be some adaption from textbook dog raising to what an individual dog will tolerate. My dog is the "food needs to always be down" type- he will not eat on anyone else's schedule, only his own.

I'd imagine you're probably already doing that by this point. I just thought I'd mention just in case.
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Please donot be sorry for asking questions.... I greatly appreciate everyone's concern. I just e-mailed the breeder this morning & still waiting for a response. I did introduce "Potter" to a new food (Solid Gold dry & wet) She would just pick at it. I decided to continue giving the dry Solid Gold but introduced a variety of other canned foods(Wellness, Halo, etc - too many to list) She really wanted nothing to do with any. She does drink water on her own & a normal amount. She had an episode were she vomited, had diarrhea, & became very weak (7 days after bringing her home from the breeder)I rushed her into work & they hospitalized her for 3 days. She came home & she has been fine since but will still not eat. The most frustrating part is that she acts so normal & healthy now.... just 0 appetite. I have not tried feeding a raw diet yet. Would that be recommended with a puppy & should I start with beef, Chicken, or??

If I let her go without force feeding her - which was recommended at first.... she just won't eat & she lost what I feel was too much weight for a puppy.
She will take some treats - picky about them.
She loves to chew on edible bones & chicken breast chews

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does she act like a normal puppy aside from the eating????
right now my feeling is that she has your number.....
if she is acting like a normal puppy and is playing and feeling ok I would put food down for ten minutes and pick it up
done deal

a puppy will not starve themselves to death but you can make a puppy into a picky puppy really easily, no treats she needs to learn to eat her food.. and the fact that she will eat the chicken chews tells me that she is a picky puppy

I wonder what your breeder will say

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