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    Default Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    I have been bad! I've always known that it is not a good idea to feed dogs 'people' food from the table.
    Well now I am seeing the results of doing this for to long a period of time.....

    Because my Bulldog is on so many medications, I have to put the pills in cooked lamb burgers, or bison burgers to get the pills in him every day. As a result of doing this for so long, my Bulldog now refuses to
    eat his dogfood, which he needs.

    I have caused a major problem, and now I don't know how to fix this because I will always have to put
    his pills in food. I've tried everything else including Pill Pockets which he refused.

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    Default Re: Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    I'm guilty of this too, Patrick, you're definitely not alone so don't beat yourself up about it too much! You can get Maximus to liking his dog food again by maybe doing a 50/50 of dog food with some human food that he's been used to (lamb or bison meat for instance). Just keep tapering off the human food as the days or weeks progress. When I give my boys a tablet to take, I can hide it in with their kibble mixed with some plain yogurt, OR, i give them a teaspoon of peanut butter with the pill wrapped in it. Maybe you can try those tricks with Maximus?




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    Default Re: Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    Mine likes his pumpkin. So what I do is embed his pills in a glob of pumpkin and let him lick it out of my hand. Since it is not really solid he swallows without chewing and spitting out the pills. You could try this with pumpkin, coconut oil, yogurt, etc. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    As you transition him away from people food and back to dog food he may refuse to eat on occasion. Worry not, put the food down and give him time to eat it and then take it away. Once this happens a couple of times, he'll get the idea. You're not going to starve him if he misses a couple of meals.
    If a bully gets hungry enough, they will eat.
    BTW, we use EZ Cheese to hide pills. It's worked on every bully we ever had.

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    Default Re: Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    @Maximus....I agree with Oscarmayer If a bully gets hungry enough, they will eat. Maybe mix a boiled egg or some wet food in with his kibble. Gradually decreasing the amount, until just the kibble is left.
    As for taking pills, I wrap mine in peanut butter on a butterknife and give it to him on the side of his mouth. If I give it to him in front, he licks all the peanut butter off leaving just the pill.
    Good Luck!

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    @Maximus I agree with Chip. And on the other hand as ive mentioned a few times, nothing is wrong with table food. Ive been " home cooking" for Nyala over a month now. Less issues health wise. Remember when your grandmother or parents (depending on your age) they feed table scrap. These dogs back then had NO issues like today's dogs. Lived till 15-18yrs old. The only thing I don't give is cooked fat, cooked bones, onions, chocolate... if im eating a hamburger and salad/veggies that's what Nyala will have but No Bread! !! It comes out to the same price as you would pay for a good bag of kibbles just you need to cook an extra plate. I just buy her a turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, turnips, peas etc etc. Cook the turkey, fill zip lock medium bags 50/50 meat n veggies with juices, freeze them and her meals are done for 3 weeks. And if YOU have nothing to eat that day, grab your dogs food So there is nothing wrong with table food. Just you will have to decide and stick to which way to go. Or do 1/2 1/2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    @Maximus I agree with Chip. And on the other hand as ive mentioned a few times, nothing is wrong with table food. Ive been " home cooking" for Nyala over a month now. Less issues health wise. Remember when your grandmother or parents (depending on your age) they feed table scrap. These dogs back then had NO issues like today's dogs. Lived till 15-18yrs old. The only thing I don't give is cooked fat, cooked bones, onions, chocolate... if im eating a hamburger and salad/veggies that's what Nyala will have but No Bread! !! It comes out to the same price as you would pay for a good bag of kibbles just you need to cook an extra plate. I just buy her a turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, turnips, peas etc etc. Cook the turkey, fill zip lock medium bags 50/50 meat n veggies with juices, freeze them and her meals are done for 3 weeks. And if YOU have nothing to eat that day, grab your dogs food So there is nothing wrong with table food. Just you will have to decide and stick to which way to go. Or do 1/2 1/2.
    I really love this idea. When I get Gigi back to 100% I'm going to do half home cooked with kibble.

    Jenn and Gigi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni23 View Post
    I really love this idea. When I get Gigi back to 100% I'm going to do half home cooked with kibble.
    Make sure you add the juices or boiled water as home cooking they tend to drink less water as home cooking is already moistened.

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    Default Re: Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    The only table food Maximus gets is mini Lamb burgers or Bison burgers, just to give me something to put his pills in and it works.
    When I first got Maximus at 4-months old, he had Giardia, so he got fed Lamb and rice or sweet potatoe and he loved it, so I knew
    he would love his mini lamb burgers, so far it has worked, and it's not like he's eating a BIG MAC! I don't think the calories from
    the burgers are really enough to cause him major damage. My biggest challenge is to get him to eat his dog food himself out of a bowl. To date he has been fed his dog food by hand. Big problem, I know. So far, he has not adjusted or converted to eating his dog food out of a dog food bowl. Arghhh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimDe View Post
    Mine likes his pumpkin. So what I do is embed his pills in a glob of pumpkin and let him lick it out of my hand. Since it is not really solid he swallows without chewing and spitting out the pills. You could try this with pumpkin, coconut oil, yogurt, etc. Good luck.
    Maximus is a "Wizard" at swishing things around in his mouth, swallowing the food and spitting out the pill. Especially with anything that is soft and mushy, so the pumpkin idea will not work with Maximus. That's why I had to go with mini Lamb burgers.

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    Default Re: Problems resulting from feeding from the table . . . .

    You've been given great advice above. I have put pills in peanut butter, but I usually don't have to. I just sit them between my legs and place the pill in their mouth at the back of the throat, and then just rub their throat until they swallow it. I've never had them spit them out. The only pills I've had to give them was their pain medications after their spay and neuter surgeries, and when I give them Benadryl.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    The only table food Maximus gets is mini Lamb burgers or Bison burgers, just to give me something to put his pills in and it works.
    When I first got Maximus at 4-months old, he had Giardia, so he got fed Lamb and rice or sweet potatoe and he loved it, so I knew
    he would love his mini lamb burgers, so far it has worked, and it's not like he's eating a BIG MAC! I don't think the calories from
    the burgers are really enough to cause him major damage. My biggest challenge is to get him to eat his dog food himself out of a bowl. To date he has been fed his dog food by hand. Big problem, I know. So far, he has not adjusted or converted to eating his dog food out of a dog food bowl. Arghhh!
    Ahhh I see.... im sure you weren't giving him big macs.. geez I dont even eat that lol... well you are feeding him great "meats" nothing wrong there! If your dog is over weight, im sure he wont let himself starve. Leave the bowl on the floor, after an hour remove it wait till following meal time. I think all dogs hates taking pills. If you need to camouflage them stuff them in meat like you are doing in the bowl on the floor. I would give him probiotic yogurt and crush the pills he needs to take in. The Flora Probiotics live the one you buy in the fridge area not on shelves is best thing for any humans and pets.

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