Dog wont eat

posted 1 month ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

What is her breed?  Is she drinking? I would put some pedialite in her water if she isn’t drinking as much as usual.

While it isn’t a good sign, it doesn’t immediately signify end of life. Good that you are taking her to the vet tomorrow.

Until then you can get creative and try some other human foods.. plain yogurt..shredded chicken.. green beanrs… blueberries… maybe at some point before the appointment she will have a snack.

Sorry to hear and hoping for good news.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t really have any good advice, but this is similar to what happened with my lab last year. She was 11. Unfortunately, she was losing her appetite due to bone cancer. Her appetite fluctuated for probably a month, but we weren’t too worried about it. One day, she tried to get onto the couch and hurt her leg. She wouldn’t put any weight on it, so we went to the vet for xrays. We found out she had bone cancer in her knee, which explained the loss of appetite. I hope you get better news. We fed her whatever we could get her to eat…chicken, bone broth, peanut butter, oatmeal with peanut butter. I wish you the best, though!! Is she still drinking water?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Glad you are getting her seen.

Keep in mind, that unless the shelter had absolute knowledge of her birthday, she could be far older than 11. Shelters tend to assign younger ages to help with adoption.

But only you know your dog. For me, mine never EVER refused food for several days in a row, even when he had terrible GI distress. I had always said I would use that as a sign. At the end, for a couple of weeks, I could get him to eat ground chicken with broth or ground turkey with veggies, and then he flat out refused. The day he crossed the bridge, I tried to entice him McDonalds fries (his absolute fav thing), and nothing. So I made the call that day.

So sorry to hear. It would be so much easier if they could talk and tell us what’s wrong.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

My dog (who is usually food obsessed) will randomly skip a meal or two.  The first few times she did it it worried me, but she has always had a pretty sensitive stomach, so it usually just means that she ate something that disagreed with her (we have a toddler and as hard as we try, we can’t stop her entirely from eating scraps that get tossed her way. Or rabbit poop from our yard. Or God-knows what else she randomly decides to eat).  I’m very glad you are taking her to the vet, but try not to worry TOO much!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

mel2 :  wet food actually worked best for us, too. She ate some wet food after she had even turned down chicken and ground beef. I was shocked. Good luck! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

OP Ms. Lucy is in my thoughts. Try a rotisserie chicken to entice her appetite. When my baby was going through chemo he pretty much survived off of rotisserie chicken because it was the only thing he wanted. Dogs love the smell! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

mel2 :  It could be so many things; she isn’t necessarily dying.

My mom’s older aussie did the same thing; turned out she had a tooth that had begun rotting and her gum was infected/inflamed and sore. Once this was taken care of she went on to live another 3 years. My younger dog stopped eating; turned out he had worms (even though he was taking the prevention meds..). Once the worms were treated he was eating again. It could be stress, allergies, senstive stomach, worms, fleas and obviously it could be something more serious. Has your dog been having diarrhea or throwing up? Good luck with the vet tomorrow, I hope it’s a quick and easy fix.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My old terrier didn’t eat reliably as long as I had her. I adopted her at 12 and couldn’t tell if she was old and sick or just picky! She did really well with scrambled egg – that usually got her eating. 

It could be her teeth, she could be in pain from arthritis or something, or it could just be that she’s old and picky. Don’t worry too much until there’s something to worry about!

But do try giving her scrambled eggs. That might be appetizing.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

mel2 :  

Oh, poor darling Lucy.  And, there is a special place in heaven waiting for you for taking in a precious senior dog.  They are so special and deserve lots of love.  Thank you for being there for Lucy.

As for her eating behavior; the possibilities are almost endless.  Getting her to the vet is the right thing. For now, encourage her to eat bland food.  The boiled chicken and rice is spot on.

I agree with letsdothisthing; shelters are not reliable sources of information about pets’ histories.  They do a lot of guessing. I’ve often been amazed at how far off they can be in determining breeds and breed Xs.

Dogs will often do an amazingly good job of hiding their symptoms.  It’s a throwback.  In the wild, any displays of illness or weakness could get them killed or abandoned.  The instinct carries over in some of our dogs.  We can’t really count on them to “tell” us when they’re sick or in pain. We have to rely on observable behaviors and subtle changes in their appearance.  Unless you happen to have one of caninedom’s drama queens. They do exist, too.

For now, I would baby and pamper Lucy as much as you can.  Let her know you love her.

And please keep us posted as to what the vet says.

Oh, you do know pics are mandatory on all dog related threads, right?

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

kimmacph :  

Good point.  Those dreadful accessed teeth can make life absolutely miserable for our dogs.  If you have veered suffered with one, you know.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

mel2 :  

Awwwwwww.  I can see what a sweet, darling girl she is.  What a little angel. She looks like a girl who would love to have kids in her life.

I am so happy that you adopted her.  You and Lucy will be in my thoughts.

Thank you for the lovely pics.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

Do you take her to the groomer often? I know with my dog that if he doesn’t get his anal glands expressed regularly he becomes lethargic. Just a thought. 

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