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Old 07-15-2016, 10:42 PM   #1
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Both our Yorkie (Mojo) and our Jack Russell (Gracie, who also likes to be called Princess) are diabetic and have Cushings Syndrome. Ever since they've been diagnosed with diabetes we've been feeding them Hills W/D wet and dry food. For breakfast and supper they get a mixture of the wet and dry in their bowls, helps to make each go further because this food is not cheap. The rest of the day the dry W/D is out for them to free feed on. About a week or so ago Gracie (Princess, remember she prefers Princess to Gracie) refused to eat the W/D with the dry W/D mixed in so we just gave her the wet W/D and she was happy, for a few days. Then she refused to even eat that. Of course that caused a bit of panic in our house so their vet suggested another brand of wet and dry diabetic food, $71.00/case of 24 cans and a 17lb bag of dry was about $60.00. Well you can't let the Princess starve! They didn't have any of the wet on hand and one of the office ladies there drove 60miles round trip to pick up 5 cans for us. I also picked up a bag of the dry food. She was so happy to have the new food she was hitting herself in the face with her tail as she danced around. So we figured we'll let Mojo eat the rest of the W/D up and then switch over to the other brand (I didn't mention the brand name, not sure if I'd get in trouble here). Well this morning lo and behold as usual MoJo got his bowl of wet and dry W/D (we still have a few cans left) and Gracie (Princess) got her bowl of the other with dry mixed in. Set it down on the floor in front of her in the kitchen (Mojo goes back to the bedroom to eat his) and she put her head down, looked at it, looked up at us like "what the [email protected][email protected]#$" is this?? Are you trying to kill me? I thought ok, here we go again, she doesn't want the dry food mixed in so I tried giving her some right from the can. Got the same look as before. I got the can of W/D out of the refrigerator, put some on a spoon and she ate it like she was starving, probably was since we take their food up at night. I picked up the other food, put some W/D in a bowl and she ate it in about 2 minutes and she was happy! Last night for their supper, this mornings breakfast and tonight's supper we offered her a bit of each wet food on a fork. Last night she preferred the Royal Canin, this morning it was the Hills W/D, tonight she tasted and didn't prefer one over the other.

So my friends, what the heck do you do with a dog like that? Now I'm going to have to keep two brands of diabetic dry and wet food on hand at the house since we'll never know when she's going to pull this stunt again!

Remember, never, ever treat your Jack Russell like a Princess, she'll take advantage of you every time.
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Maybe it has to do with the ingredients? Like one dog food has ingredient A and the other doesn't, but has ingredient B that the first doesn't. Her body is telling her she needs one over the other, so she refuses to eat the dog food that doesn't have it? No clue. Diabetes can also cause appetite changes, so it may be something related to that? Also I don't know if I'd free feed a diabetic dog, that would make it harder to monitor and up-keep insulin levels, even on diabetic dog food (which might be causing change in appetite for some random reason). Last idea (I know I'm rambling a bunch) did she perhaps eat something off the floor that set her off balance?

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Honestly don't think that's it since she changes which wet food she wants daily and sometimes even from their breakfast to their dinner. Their vet knows they free feed during the day and hasn't said anything about it being detrimental to them. Their dry food is taken up at 7pm after it's mixed in with the wet food. Nothing gets on the floor except when she gets OCD and takes some of the dry food that mixed with the wet and lines it up on the floor. Then our blind Yorkie comes out and does his anteater imitation and scarfs it up.
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Don't know if it's a physical thing or just "Remember, never, ever treat your Jack Russell like a Princess, she'll take advantage of you every time." It could just be nothing at all. My dogs will sometimes get picky with their food, then the next day, they are back wanting their regular food. Maybe Gracie is just being a true Princess. Other than the money end of it, I wouldn't worry as long as she is eating. I would probably just try a spoonful before each feeding and see what she wants that day.
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I think that's exactly what's going on. The 'Princess' thing has gone to her head. We've been doing what you suggested for the past few days also. Offer them to her one at a time on a fork. Whichever one she eats is the one she gets. It's much easier to give her Veterol to her inside the Hills than the Royal Canin so far she hasn't refused to take it. She's a 'Monkey see, Monkey do' type of dog. She sees our Yorkie get his pill and she' ready for hers.
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Our oldest son & family have a JRT. They were living on a street that had an huge empty field across from them, no houses. One morning went out to car and a tiny puppy was there at the edge of the street. He took her in and the kids checked all neighbors, nobody had lost a puppy. Were going to keep her til they found a home for her (no idea what kind of dogs she was), but on day 3 she was so sick they took her to the vet--parvo. They really could not afford the treatment and our great vet did give them a big discount (my son had lost his golden retriever several years ago) and they were checking on her all the time and you guessed it--by the time she was okay to be released they decided they had tied up to much money on her, plus all were crazy about her. Named her Peanut. And she is SPOILED. She will only eat a certain size food and no such think is plain dry kibble. Wonder if thiskindofthingis common in all JRTs?
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I don't know if it's common for all Jack Russell's or not to be picky or if ours has us wrapped around one of her claws. For instance this morning I gave her her veteroyl with the Hills W/D, she had to sniff it then slowly took it. So, to see what she'd eat for breakfast I held some of the W/D on a fork up to her. She turned her head away and wouldn't touch it. Did the same with the Royal Canin, she gave it a lick then ate it. I mixed up some of that with the dry food like we always do which makes it last longer. Set it down on the floor, she looked at it, then up at us, turned her head and then sat down staring at us again with the look of what the ##@#[email protected]# are you trying to poison me?? Had to get her some plain W/D canned which she ate in about 2 minutes. Put the RC into the fridge and I bet tonight she'll eat it for supper. I swear she's worse that a little kid when it comes to getting them to eat.
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