My Pyrenees isn't eating very much.

I have a four year old Pyrenees who is very under weight. He is a rescue so I don't know alot about him. I have tried many different brands of dry & wet food. He walks away from it. He eats enough to keep himself alive but he's lost a lot of weight. Any suggestions on what to do or give him.
Thanks.
Laura Campbell

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Feb 26, 2017
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Diet
by: Anonymous

Kibble is not very appetizing. Pyrs can be picky eaters and don't necessarily need to eat every day especially in the hot months and that's okay. But, yes, your dog needs to eat.

A species-appropriate diet (raw) will inspire your dog's taste buds. At first, they don't know what to do with it but they pick up pretty soon.

Here is a good article on it:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dog-food-ten-scary-truths/

You feed 2% of your dog's ideal body weight. Here is the formula:

I feed once a day
•Raw meat (RMB-raw meaty bone) (Chicken leg quarters, necks, backs, venison, pork, beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, fish, turkey, duck, bison, tripe, liver, sardines) Do not cut up meats.
•5-10% organs (1/2 of this amount is liver)
•35% edible bones
•50% muscle meat (and the rest of the critter) (bone in chicken breast to start for raw)

Additives (once a day - optional but fun to add)
•1/2 tsp. Salmon/sardine oil 
•Vitamin E (400 IU)
•3/4 tsp. Berte’s Ultra Probiotic Powder if dog has trouble digesting raw food
•1 tsp. fibre
 
Occasionally (optional but fun to add)
•Cottage cheese or yogurt occasionally
•1/4 cup pure pumpkin (not filling) for fibre
•Vegetables not necessary but if fed (for fibre), make sure they are thoroughly cooked
•Alphalpha, kelp
•powered vitamin C

Feed one kind of meat for a few days (till poop is solid), then switch to another etc. Once the dog is used to eating various meats then start veggies (cooked only) if you want. 
 
The rule of thumb for healthy adult dogs is 2-3% of their optimal body weight. If they are overweight, aim for the DESIRED weight, not their current weight. Same for an underweight dog, take their desired weight to figure your starting amount for each meal.

•Take your dog’s weight (or desired weight)  e.g. 100 pounds = 45359 grams 
•Multiply his weight in grams x 2% (or 3 %)   therefore 907 grams of food
•136 grams organ meat
•316 grams bone
•453 gram of muscle meat

You don't need to be exact but that's what you aim for.

Get deals at the supermarket, go to your butcher for local meats or look for a raw supplier in your area.

Dr. Karen Becker talks about dog diets. This is a three part series and very information. Here is part I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx2YIIpF4cc

Feb 26, 2017
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picky eater
by: Anonymous

Our Pyr was picky, too. Plus he had ear issues. Can understand that fresh/raw might be a good option for your dog. But if supply of raw is an issue, as it was for us, then back to kibble.
We tried many brands of kibble dressed with chicken or liver bits. Ear problem continued. Appetite so-so.
Then we tried Origen Red kibble...bingo! Eats it right up. AND he hasn't had an ear problem since we started him on that brand. We no longer have to dress his meal to make it interesting. It comes vacuum-packed, and its made in Canada, eh. Ours also likes to eat outdoors....haven't a clue why, but it's how he wants it. His weight is perfect, vet says.
Hope this helps.

Mar 05, 2017
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autoimmune
by: Anonymous

I had a Pyrenees mix that was under weight and he had an autoimmune disorder and needed to be on prednisone.

Jun 07, 2018
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picky eater
by: Anonymous

we have a 2 yo rescue we fed her kibble and placed dog bowel on a raised bin so she did not have to lean down. She did not eat for 2 days. put bowel on floor, nothing. poured food onto floor and she ate. did this for a few days now she will eat out of bowl on the floor, she likes to lay down and eat with paws on each side of the bowl. Just have to find their preference.

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Frozen Raw
by: Anna

We use dehydrated raw food (Honest Kitchen) and add chicken, etc., to spice it up. If he’s feeling super picky, we freeze it in chunks on wax paper and feed it to him that way. It turns it into a frozen treat!

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