Dog Foxie
Foxie

I have doubts about feeding Foxie, my female dog chihuahua

She wont eat dog food both wet and dry she refused. She only will eat human food or she wont eat at all. Help

over 3 years ago
Information about Foxie
  • Species: Dog
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 2 years
  • Sterilized: Yes
1 vet has answered
Veterinarian Barkibot A.I.
Barkibot A.I.
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Most valuable answer

Hello!

We advise you to visit a vet in order to rule out any medical problems, like gastrointestinal disturbances, bacterial or viral infections, parasites, etc.

If the medical problems are ruled out, you can consider the cause as a behaviour change. It is possible that your dog got used to eat the human food and now she doesn't want to eat her dog food.

What you can do is firstly, don't give to her any table food nor treats. Then, when it is time for feeding, put the food in the bowl and leave it there for 10-20 minutes, without giving it to her. If she doesn't eat it, remove it. When it is time for feeding her again, put it again on the floor.

Example: if she normally eats twice a day (mornings and evenings), if she doesn't want to eat in the morning, remove it and leave it again in the evening. In a few days she should get used to eat again her dog food.

You can also contact a clinical ethologist (animal behavior specialist) who will look at your dog's case with more details, and give you further guidelines.

All the best for you and Foxie.

Note: This is an automatic answer provided by artificial intelligence previously reviewed by our veterinarians. In case of urgency, we recommend you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

over 3 years ago