Post # 1
my sweet two year old shepherd mix has a nasty respiratory infection. We took her to the vet last night as she barely got up when we got home (usually tackles us) and she hadnt touched her water all day, not wasnt interested in dinner.
Vet gave us antibitoics and a fluid shot to help her. She took a few licks of some unflavored pedialite this morning – literally like 2. but i couldnt get her to do anymore. I have tried regular water, pedialite, low sodium chicken broth, ice, wet food.
She just started anitbiotics so it will take a few days to have her feeling better and up to eating or drinking, but does anyone have any tips in the mean time?
I will try the above again when i get home and see if she takes to it after a day of resting and medicine. I saw some posts about adding milk to the water and dogs lapped it up – but i also read milk is not good for them. Experiences with this?
Post # 2
Would pup be more interested if it was frozen? I know my dog really like ice cubes…
Wish I had better advice, but that’s all I can come up with!
Post # 3
low sodium chicken or beef broth maybe? 🙁
Post # 4
I have to agree with @ urchin. My dog is OBSESSED with ice cubes. Also, it could be the water being stagnant. How often do you change the water? My cats are finicky about water also. So my fiance and I bought a pet fountain. Prices ranging from $15 and up. I know wal-mart have some relatively cheap ones. I swear by these things. It’s a fun way to get them to drink.
Post # 5
LadyPeacockk: I tried the low sodium chicken broth. She seemed like she wanted it, but she just couldnt bring herself to actually drink it.
ny88: urchin: We change the water pretty often. She usually drinks it up before we have to. But i placed fresh water out this morning. I havent tried ice since yesterday morning before the vet. I will try again. She will most likely lick it a few times before spitting it out and hey, that is better than nothing! Il try that on my lunch when i shoot home.
Post # 6
leisha606: oh i so missed where u said u tried that … maybe she would like beef better?
Post # 7
Dogs will be fine with milk on a short term basis. I’d recommend using Skim or 1% as the fat content in whole milk or half and half may cause upset tummies or loose poo depending on the fat content of the food that your puppy is used to eating.
In the mean time you have to get her to eat something if your pup hasn’t touched anything in nearly 24 hours, because dogs not eating for this long is not good. Go to the store and get some rotisserie chicken, hot dogs, steak — something along those lines that is not given on a regular basis.
Post # 8
Call the vet and ask at what point you need to bring her back for fluids. They can bolus normal saline subcutaneously if need be (slower than an IV to absorb). If when you pinch the fur at the back of her neck, similar to the way a mama dog would do to a pup, it should flatten back out quickly but if it stays up (called tenting) she is pretty severely dehydrated and might need a trip to the vet.
Post # 9
I think milk isn’t a great idea because it can make them gassy, which probably isn’t good for your pup whose already feeling pretty crappy!
You’ve done all the suggestions I would have, plus a few more. A pet fountain might work, but if not touching food, broth, etc, she probably wouldn’t drink water on her own even from a fountain.
She might have an upset tummy from the antibiotics, I would call your vet to see if they have any suggestions for her not eating at all, and if it might be an upset stomach. I believe dogs can be given some over-the-counter anti nauseants, and they could tell you what brands and doses.
Lastly, you can try syringing water or liquid food into her mouth. NEVER squirt it directly into the back of her throat, but gently squirt some into the side of her mouth onto her tongue and she should swallow it on her own.
Post # 10
LadyPeacockk: couldn’t hurt to try it!
If she wont drink anything at lunch, i will pick it up on my way home – thank you!
It is so weird for her to be picky, she is normally a piggie lol
Post # 11
leisha606: We use a baby bottle – seriously – when our dog is feeling crappy. I sit with him and he drinks the water straight from the bottle.
Post # 12
I’d call the vet and ask about getting subcutaneous (SQ) fluids. They inject saline under the skin, so her body can absorb it. Painless, and it’ll help a LOT with dehydration.
Post # 13
Will she eat? If she will eat then mixing the food with broth or giving her strictly wet food will help get her some fluids.
Post # 14
Like MariContrary said, you can call your vet about the SQ injections. My dog has had it twice after vomitting all night. I’ve put a little bit of low sodium chicken broth mixed with unflavored pedialyte also and he seemed to like that. If that doesn’t work, I take a medicine dropper or a syringe and I just squirt it into his mouth and he will take it. Usually after a few times of me doing it, he gets the hint to drink from the bowl.
Post # 15
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Our vet said to mix some gravy in with her water. We got jarred gravy and mixed it in and it did the trick! If that doesn’t work, I also think subcutaneous fluids would be the answer.