Fussy Coton de Tulear Eater

My Coton is still fussy about dog food. I have been doing everything - putting food down in morning and picking it up, leaving her all day when I come home put food down again and she just walks over sniffs and ignores it.


I have tried different dog foods and she hates wet food...sometimes she will take a few pieces....I have used Wellness, Eukanuba, Purina, solid Gold, etc. etc. She will pick a bit of Purina...she does not like big pieces of food eithr.

What brands have most Coton's been happy with...I am at wits end...

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Nov 15, 2011
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5 Star Dog Foods
by: Libby

There are an awful lot of good dog foods out there. If you go the website http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/5-star/ or just google "5 star dog food" there is a mountain of information available. When I got my Coton at 6 months of age I started him on a grain free diet. Started with "Before Grain". It comes in a variety of flavors and he seems to like it quite well as does our Golden Retriever. I've been told that the less ingredients in the dog food the less chance of allergies.

Nov 15, 2011
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Orijens pet food
by: Elaine

We feed our dog Origins, it's mainly fish and poultry with vegetables for extra nutrients. He is thriving on it. There are days when he eats less and others where he's an eating machine. Like humans I think their bodies tell them how much and when to eat. As he's gaining not losing I will not change his diet.

Apr 20, 2011
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FUSSY EASTER
by: KATHY

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THE ANGEL EYES, BEEF IS FOR THE TEAR STAINS THAT IS ACTUALLY HELPING. I DIDN'T KNOW IT HAD AN ANTIBIOTIC IN IT. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS THAT, OR SHE IS BECOMING FUSSY. WHAT DOES EVERY ONE ELSE FEED THEIR PUPS? AND HOW MUCH? THANKS, KATHY

Apr 20, 2011
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fussy eaters again
by: Deb

Another thing I forgot to mention in my last comment -- probiotics. I wonder if Cotons are fussy eaters because they don't have all the digestive flora necessary. Since putting Heathcliff on Proviable-DC (purchased from Amazon.com, 1 capsule per day sprinkled on his supper), he has been a more consistent eater.

Apr 20, 2011
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fussy eaters
by: Deb

What is Angel Eyes Beef? Does it have any relation to the Angel Eyes product for combating tear stains? I've heard the latter contains an antibiotic. No person or dog should be on an antibiotic everyday.

As I mentioned before, we have had the most success with Stella and Chewy's. Heathcliff has now developed a taste for rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods (I am not much of a cook). He really pigged out on it this week so I have to buy another tomorrow.

Apr 20, 2011
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TRISCUIT IS GETTING FUSSY
by: KATHY

WELL, SEEMS LIKE TRISCUIT IS BECOMING A FUSSY EATER. .... I TRIED TO PUT A BIT OF WARM WATER IN HER FOOD, AND SHE LIKED THAT AT FIRST, BUT NOW SHE DOESN'T SEEM TO LIKE THAT EITHER. AT HER SUPPER MEAL, I STARTED ANGEL EYES BEEF, AND SHE LIKED THAT AT FIRST BUT NOW I HAVE TO BEG HER TO EAT. LAST NIGHT I PUT HER BOWL ON THE BED AND SHE FINALLY ATE AT 10 PM. OTHERWISE, SHE IS FINE. I FEED HER A SCANT HALF CUP TWICE A DAY. SHE IS 10 POUNDS...ANY THOUGHTS WOULD HELP. THANKS KATHY

Mar 11, 2011
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Fussy eaters
by: Anonymous

My coton is also a light eater. I swear she will go for a full day or more before I finally see her eat. I leave food down all the time because I don't have to worry that she will gobble it all up.

Don't mix and match food all of a sudden. I tried that with some samples from the pet food store trying to find something she liked and it ended up making her sick. The vet said cotons don't tolerate quick food changes and that was why her tummy was so upset.

I have finally accepted that my dog is a light eater and at least I won't have to worry that she will be overweight.

Mar 06, 2011
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dog food info
by: Sue

look for the book "Scared Poopless". Great info on food as well as vaccines. I also just ordered "Becoming the chef your dog thinks you are".

Mar 02, 2011
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fussy eater
by: Sue from NY

My Coton Jazzy also drives me crazy about eating. I tried everything. I also found Stella and Chewys freeze dried to be something she will occasionally eat (beef and chicken). But lately I have been buying her roasted chicken! I mix it with green beans and brown rice, as well as a vitamin concotion that I made up based on Pritcairns recipe. I alternate chicken with beef patty, or sometimes sautee ground turkey. It's a bit of trouble, but I feel she is getting a more nutritous diet and she eats every meal.

Mar 02, 2011
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Fussy eater
by: Debra

My little boy, Heathcliff, is also a fussy eater.

We have had the most dinner success with Stella and Shewy's freeze-dried raw patties (super beef or duck duck goose) mixed with a small amount of cottage cheese plus 'bribery meat'--a sprinkle of canned chicken, turkey or beef on top. He prefers savory to sweet treats--lamb lung or liver (also, freeze-dried) are his faves. For lunch at day care, he eats Stella and Chewy's wet (1/4 cup of water per patty in his 'lunch kit').

We have a lot fewer heartaches now that I let him tell me when he is hungry. Rarely, he will eat as late as 9:30 pm. Most days, we eat around 7. I know the former is late but he is getting his nutrition and his tummy seems to be handling it well. The vet has not complained about his weight so we must be doing okay.

FYI -- clerks at the Natural Paws store where we shop say that you can usually get a dog to eat by sprinkling tripe (sold in cans in the store) on top.


Good luck!

Mar 02, 2011
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Picky eaters
by: Lynda

Nature Valley brand is one Zorro eats. He prefers I mix in Stella and Chewies freeze dried patties. Like your dog Zorro doesn't scarf down his food even when I know he's hungry. I tried giving fewer treats and that helped but I think Cotons are really smart and Zorro will hold off eating his boring dry food for yummy treats. Good luck, Lynda

Mar 02, 2011
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Fussy
by: Joyce

Have you tried the Natural Balance dog rolls with dry?? That's what I give my boys - I grate the dog rolls and mix it with wellness small bites or evo beef. Our one only likes the turkey or beef rolls, not the lamb. I like to give them a mixture. Good Luck P.S. THEY also like the raw nature's variety - but I lighty brown it.

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