My DH and I have a weak spot for strays. 3 of the 4 animals we have were strays. Our 2 dogs are the ones we are having a problem with right now.
One is a 7 year old Min Pin/Chihuahua mix that came to us from a home where she was the least favorite dog. She was constantly being beaten out for food and attention by 2 other dogs. Finally her owners let us take her so she could get the love and attention she deserves. The main problem with her is that she will not eat any dry food. This would not concern me if she would eat dog biscuts or chewed on raw hides or toys like other dogs, but she rarely does. She will occasionally eat some of the dry cat food we leave out for the cats, but I know this isn't healthy for her, so we try to discourage her doing this. I am worried about her teeth with her not eating anything crunchy. I have tried to clean her teeth myself but she will snap at me while I try. The vet didnt have much luck either and said to do it they would have to put her under and he really didnt want to do that if at all possible. We have tried making a full switch to dry food several times, first by mixing dry and wet foods and then by simply giving nothing but dry for as long as a week. This is usually when she will turn to the cat food. We have tried several brands and flavors.
The other dog is a 2 year old(rough guess by looking at her teeth, size and behavior) Lab mix. We have no idea what her home life was like before a few weeks ago. She wondered up to a friends house a few weeks ago and no one has answered the ads placed about her. We are assuming at this point she was a dump. Our friend could not care for her so we took her in. She is extremely overweight and begs when anyone in the house has food. She will not touch dog or cat food at all unless she gets extemely hungry. I am assuming someone was feeding her only table scraps. I know the best way to retrain her is to just let her go hungry but it seems so cruel. We have an appt scheduled to get her checked out next week with our vet.
I hope someone out there can help.
Answer by KyliesMom5 at 10:49 AM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by meooma at 8:50 AM on Apr. 11, 2011
Answer by dancer at 11:13 AM on Apr. 11, 2011
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Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 2:47 PM on Apr. 11, 2011