No it's not bad for her. She will not starve herself. If she's that hungry, she'll eat whatever she can. I wouldn't leave it out for her all the time. Give her 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 minutes at night. After 15 minutes, pick up the bowl and put it away.
I wanted to add my 2 cents worth, in response to a poster saying that she feeds her dog cat food, it's really not a bad idea after all. I have heard several vets say that cat food is fine for dogs but dog food is not appropriate for cats as dog food is mostly made up of cereals whereas cat food is higher in protein which is a major requirement for cats. I have heard of people who had very long-lived dogs and they were on a diet of canned cat food and one dog in particular lived to the ripe old age of 20 years.
I don't like kibble or canned food although at one stage I did try every brand on the market and I wasn't impressed, the poo was smelly and voluminous and they didn't seem to be thriving. I tried Pro-Plan, Hills Science, Eukanuba which they did not like, Nutrience, Advance. I then stumbled on a website promoting RAW and I have never looked back, it is much much cheaper to feed and the results speak for themselves, keeps their teeth nice and clean and in turn their breath is always fresh. I do add fish oil and B vitamins. They adore their fresh chicken wings, chicken carcases, chicken necks, chicken mince fed raw with cooked rice and vegs added to the mix.
I hope you don't mind me saying but I don't believe in exercising "tough" love on a dog and forcing it to eat what it doesn't like; there may be a valid reason why a dog refuses to eat a particular food and that reason may be that the food doesn't agree with him/her, he may not like the taste, etc etc. We humans don't eat foods that we do not like, that we may otherwise find nauseating or that the smell simply does not appeal and we shouldn't force a dog to eat something that it doesn't like.
Having had one of the world's most picky eaters, I can identify with the the thought process of depriving my poor pet and watching her turn up her nose, as I fretted over her starving to death. Ubs is second only to his mother, Angel.
He's STILL too thin for my liking, though he is slowly filling out. He's healthy, but thin for a Pyr and it stresses me to no end. He's FINALLY learning to eat the food offered. I feed Canidae, Natural Balance thrown in and only heatlhy treats. I can't even begin to tell you the different, high quality foods I've tried, simply to entice my picky eaters. Gunny was going to help me work out a raw diet for the crew, we just haven't worked it out yet. Maybe one day. Until then, I will continue on with what I'm doing.
The truth be told, even if your dog doesn't care for one particular brand of food, there are MANY more, several of which are high quality DOG foods. Sometimes mixing or switching them up is all that is needed. Sometimes using foods of different texture (dry, semi-moist, canned/moist) is all that is needed.
While you may not like feeding dry kibble, a solid diet of canned food is no great shakes for a dog's dental health.
Dog foods are created for the needs of a DOG, just as cat foods are for CATS. As everyone has said, no dog will willingly starve itself to death. They may go on a "hunger strike" because you've stopped catering to their whims, but the bottom line is, when they get hungry, they WILL eat.
My mother SWORE Nikki (her mixed breed/pound puppy) would NOT eat dry food. Had to have "people food" and canned. No matter what mom was eating, Nikki shared. Mom even fed her at the table, something she would have KILLED us as kids for doing!
Since mom has been in the hospital (still is) 6 times in less than a year, that means either my sister or I keep Nikki and care for her. Mom was CERTAIN Nikki would starve while in our care. Surprise! Within a couple of days she realized that she was going to eat what was provided because that's what was there and she wasn't going to get people food. No more breakfast bagels with philly, no more ham & cheese sandwiches or cheeseburgers or whatever. She eats DOG food.
If any dog needs the health requirements for a dog, it would be this little girl who had to have surgery on her leg at less than a year for grade 4 luxating patella. People food, cat food or a lousy quality dog food will not help keep her joints healthy.
Whew, sorry to be so long..but seem to be on a tangent this morning~
***Edited By: pyrmom on 1/13/2007 6:30:27 AM*** Reason: *
I haven't been here at TP for several days. You basically answered my question which I posted. I agree with Pyrmom about how good Natural Balance Rolls are for dogs. My chocolate lab loves it. I break it into pieces for her, and she gobbles it up quickly. Remember though that it is only meant to be given as a supplement treat. You still need a good natural dry dog food. Many good ones have been mentioned in replies to my post. My dog loves Natural Balance Ultra Premium--blue bag one. It has chicken, lamb, & duck, and other natural ingredients for good health. I buy my Natural Balance at PetCo. I don't recall seeing Natural Balance at Petsmart.
I looked for it at pets mart but I couldn't find it! and I tryed looking in other places and I can't find it! do you guys know where to find it? I haven't looked at winco yet do they have it there?
I've been feeding my dog dry dog food and she hasn't been eating very much but she's still eating.
I have thrown out the catfood since then. but the weird thing is that we have stray ducks and they ste it! is this bad for them? will it kill them. I've herd of people throwing out dogfood to them but never cat food.