how to make a sick dog eat

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March 26th, 2009 01:38
Texas
bigred
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I took my dog to vet because i noticed that he was not active and the vet said he had heartworms and the vet gave me medicine to stablelized him for two weeks but i can not make him eat. he is getting weak but still gets up to drink water and then lays back down. I dont know what else to do to make him eat and i dont want to put him to sleep if there is something else that i could do.
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March 26th, 2009 12:49
Florida
johannah
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You might try simmering boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a little water. When you can easily shred them with a fork and you are sure they are thoroughly cooked put them in a food processer and pulse. Put the broth in a shallow bowl and refrigerate until the fat congeals. Skim most of it off with a spoon, leaving only a very small amount. Add the liquid to the processed thighs and pulse, being careful not to put in too much at a time or it will leak out. Keep adding and pulsing all the liquid. Feed small amounts every hour or two. If your dog accepts this after a day or two you can mix some with a little bit of his regular food and gradually increase the amount of the regular food.
   
Also there is a nutrient product that comes in a tube and it is recommended for sick dogs. I don't know the name of it but maybe your vet does.
   
The bottom line is you must keep your dog very still (no activity) and it is imperative that you get nutrients into him. If he refuses the chicken ask your vet about intravenous feeding so he doesn't get any weaker.
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May 19th, 2009 11:02
Florida
Momto4dogs
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Get water into your dog if it won't eat or drink. We used a turkey baster. Also, get sugar into him. Honey, syrup, etc. Put some on a spoon and then onto your dogs tongue if need be. Do this frequently. After about 16 hours of this, our boy started to eat again.
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