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Won't eat, what can we give him

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TheMissMarple Sat 03-Sep-16 09:27:22

My parents wonderful dog is very poorly with thyroid cancer (removed and no signs it spread) and possible pancreatitis and prostrate problems. Hes on various medicines which don't seem to do anything. He's starving himself to death as he just won't eat and is sick when he does. He's going in for more surgery this week at vets firm recommendation to explore his pancreas however he's becoming skin and bone, doesn't want to go for walks and is clearly feeling lousy. We've tried everything we can think of to encourage him to eat and are more than desperate now. Sorry it this is a little rambling, it isn't a good time for us. Any suggestions please?

exLtEveDallas Sat 03-Sep-16 09:33:21

When the mutt won't eat we give her pasta, tuna, rice or chicken (in any combination)

A friends dog stopped eating after a particularly bad D&V episode and she was able to tempt it back to food with mashed potatoes - slowly introducing other textures to it.

Sometimes dogs will eat if you hand feed - start with just a very little and leave it to see if it comes back up.

Or if all else fails I would go with sloppy foods like milky porridge or yoghurts (as long as dog isn't lactose intolerant).

chough Sat 03-Sep-16 13:50:24

Our boy likes Dog Milk (lactose-free, goats' milk).
We buy it in Asda; it's in small, blue cartons near the Bonio biscuits.
If your dog likes it, it could be a bit of extra nourishment to help keep his strength up while he's off his food.

ayeokthen Sat 03-Sep-16 13:51:33

When our dogs have been sick we give them chicken or tuna with pasta or rice. It's very plain and easy on the stomach.

WaitrosePigeon Sat 03-Sep-16 13:51:35

No dog can refuse tuna, or cheese?

chough Sat 03-Sep-16 13:55:54

Whirlers dog treats seem to be irresistible.
They smell like strong smoky bacon crisps(also in Asda).

MustBeThin Sat 03-Sep-16 13:57:44

Tinned Sardines, dogs love them and they are cheap as chips. Try just giving him a sardine on its own, if he eats it then mix more in with his usual food. My dogs love anything that stinks. grin

TheMissMarple Sat 03-Sep-16 16:47:49

Thank you for the suggestions. He's refusing fish (inc tuna) and we've tried everything else suggested apart from cheese which he can't have because of the pancreas problem. It's been days since he's eaten and he's now pretty much stopped drinking. Waiting for a call back from the vets but think this might be it. Difficult to know how much is enough. Lots of heart breaking today in this house.

villainousbroodmare Sat 03-Sep-16 16:49:56

Sorory for you x

villainousbroodmare Sat 03-Sep-16 16:50:07


exLtEveDallas Sat 03-Sep-16 16:51:24

Oh love I am sorry. The vet could probably sedate and drip feed him - but you will know if this is the right thing for your pup. Sometimes we have to do the unthinkable to make everything right.

Thinking of you.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sat 03-Sep-16 16:52:18

Scrambled eggs.
Our dog had 3 major surgeries over her 20 years. Always recovered on eggs!

Cherryskypie Sat 03-Sep-16 16:53:33

Would he eat scrambled egg? Or something like cod and mash mixed together and slightly warm?

MuttsNutts Sat 03-Sep-16 16:56:01

Warm chicken and rice is tasty, comforting and easy to digest.

I'm so sorry he is feeling so poorly x

MuttsNutts Sat 03-Sep-16 16:57:24

Or yes, scrambled egg. Just beat them up in a bowl and put them in the microwave. Don't add butter - if he is feeling sick it will be too rich for him.

Randytortoise Sat 03-Sep-16 16:58:44

Our dog had scrambled egg after surgery as it's easy to digest we had to suffer his terrible wind though

TheMissMarple Sat 03-Sep-16 19:42:55

We had tried scrambled eggs but he's stopped eating them. Last ate a few chipolatas yesterday morning and nothing since. Vet says he can op on the pancreas tomorrow if we want him to but it's a real long shot and chances are he'll be pts on the table. Have included a photo of the wonder boy

TheMissMarple Sat 03-Sep-16 19:48:27

Should also say thank you for your suggestions. It's helped realise we really are doing everything we can x

chough Sat 03-Sep-16 20:29:52

What a beautiful dog.
Will be thinking of you.

Cherryskypie Sat 03-Sep-16 23:38:58

He's a handsome boy.

TheMissMarple Sun 04-Sep-16 13:50:04

Turns out he had an inoperable tumour in his stomach, so it's this morning.

TheMissMarple Sun 04-Sep-16 13:51:20

That should have said pts this morning. Not the time for a typo smile

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you're all going through today but I'm thinking of you and your family.

chough Sun 04-Sep-16 13:58:09

Sorry to hear that sad news, MissMarple.
Your vet and your family did all you could for him.
I hope you and your family will find comfort in your happy memories of your boy, and in knowing that he's now at peace.

paddypants13 Sun 04-Sep-16 13:59:13

We used to give our old boy plain grilled chicken and boiled white rice when he was feeling under the weather.

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