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    Puppy has Giardia and just sleeps all day, allllll day

    Went to the vet and it turns out she tested slightly positive for Giardia.... it's some kind of parasite in the intestines caushing throwing up and diarrhea. I got a lot of medicine for her and she should be better within 5 days, however she still has to eat....

    She isn't eating so do I just force the food down her throat? Mush the hard food with water and just open her mouth and put it in?

    Or is this not a good idea...
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    I am not an expert, but forcing food down a dog or any animals throat seems like a good way to a) get bitten or b) cause the animal to choke.

    I would try offering cooked rice with broth poured on it in a bowl and see how things go from there
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    a lot of people have recommended me doin this.... do i leave the rice kind of soupy/watery?


    Well with the medicine, I am force feeding her that and she isn't biting. she definitely does not like it though but I mean I have to do it...

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    For the rice I usually pour enough broth on it so that the rice is tasty, but not so much that I end up with a soup.

    I would definitely try the rice/broth
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Did the vet give you any medication to help settle the stomach? Like Metoclopramide (also called Reglan), or even tell you a dosage for Pepto Bismol?

    If they feel queasy, like they're going to throw up, they won't want to eat.

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Yup, I got Metoclopramide and some other medicine and she is taking amoxicillin too....

    I just wish she would eat!

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Most dogs can afford to miss a few meals. Dont' force feed her. She'll eat when she's ready. If you want to entice her, put a bit of canned dog food in there. If she's had a real bad bout of giardia, her insides probably dont' feel so hot. If it were my dog, they'd probably be getting some rice or noodles and boiled chicken breast for a few days and then I'd wean them back onto processed kibble. I measure out the amount of water you use to make rice, plus a little bit extra just for good measure...then I boil the chicken until it's cooked. Remove and add the rice and cook. Once that's done, just shred the chicken and add it back in to the rice. I prefer for it to be a very wet mixture, so I'm a little heavy handed with the water.

    If you use broth, be sure it's LOW sodium. Unless you make it yourself, most canned broth is way too high in salt to give to dogs.
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    So, how long does giardia take to get rid of.... I researched and apparently it may take a long time

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Just make sure you wash your hands really well after picking up after your dog. I had a dog with giardia once. My dog ate when he felt better. Dogs will eat when they feel well enough to. I wouldn't force the issue.
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    How long did it take for your dog to heal from it? I keep reading about how it is just horrible and hard to get rid of and can last for a long time

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    I wanna say that it was at least a week for the symptoms to disappear... although I'm going strictly on memory, and it's been about 10 years ago.
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    When Shippo was sick with cryptosporidium (another lovely parasite), he wouldn't eat anything I offered him. The vet gave me a few cans of prescription food for his stomach, and it was extra stinky and it was the first thing he ate in days! Perhaps ask your vet for some prescription canned food that will be easy on your dog's stomach, and that the dog will take willingly.

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Quote Originally Posted by andyACEcandy View Post
    How long did it take for your dog to heal from it? I keep reading about how it is just horrible and hard to get rid of and can last for a long time

    blah

    About two weeks. Giardia, in the grand scheme of everything that can go wrong with a dog, is really not the end of the world. It's a fairly minor issue that, if treated properly, should resolve in a couple week. Just use precautions - wash your hands after cleaning up after your dog and pick up your dog's poo on a regular basis.
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Update bleh

    Well, I woke up today and the worst thing that could have happened, happened. She diarrhead in her water bowl and was drinking the water. She got some gulps in before I got it away from her blah

    Another thing is that she just sleeps all day... Even when we go outside in the backyard and sun (in texas), she just finds a place to lay down and stays there. She does pee but never poops outside, it's been inside for the last several times now....


    Blah, huge step backwards after she drank that contaminated water.

    It's been about 15-20 hours before she last ate. I boiled some chicken and she wasn't interested... just went back to sleep. Doesnt this sound like more than Giardia? I thought Giardia was just diarrhea/nausea... she has those yes but she also just sleeeeeeeps alll day no joke

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    my doxie got that when he was a pup, I feel for you, it sucks and I felt so bad for him because he was just exploding everywhere and he was passing blood. When I took him to the vet they gave me the meds I needed and also told me if I am having problems getting him to eat to give him a mix of rice, boiled chicken, and broccoli, and give it to him 2 to 3 times a day. I couldn't get him to eat dog food, or soft food, but he would eat the rice mixture, and he would also chew on ice cubes because he was not keeping water done either.
    He slept a lot and really was not interested in playing. I wouldn't worry about her sleeping to much, it just like us when we get sick. I would say though it took a good month, 3 vet visit before it was completely gone.
    I also invested in a carpet shampooer to clean everything real good because there was no telling at first when he was going to explode to get him outside in time and most the time it did not make it on the pads I had out for him.

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    I wouldn't force feed her, sometimes when dogs are feeling off they will voluntarily fast and unless it went on for longer than 2 days I wouldn't worry too much as long as you know what's wrong with her. (which you do) I've had Giardia myself just this past year and it really makes you feel like 10 lbs of S**T in a 5 lb bag.

    As long as she's drinking water so she doesn't get dehydrated. You don't mention what breed or how much she weighs. It's more important to watch the really small dogs closer as they can dehydrate faster.

    If she will eat I would recommend that you give her the medication with her food. As the medication gives you nausea diluting it with food helps with that. That's what worked for me anyway.

    Ok I just looked up your other posts and I see she's a small puppy I'd watch her closer than I originally posted She's very sweet looking. Good luck with the giardia.
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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    after my baby beagle had surgery, i couldn't get him to eat NOTHING, not his favorite treats, not dry food, not ANYTHING. not even human food! So I went to the store and found the best smelling best tasting (natural) treats, and left them in various parts of the room.. being a beagle, he smelled them all and ate them, no problem..

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    My dog wasn't feeling to good so I took her to the vet, they did blood test and said that she is in great shape and thought that she might have a bug so he gave me some meds to give to her and that was last week. And now she wont eat anything not even baby food. So how do I feed her.? It's been three days now

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    First, talk to the Vet. When a dog doesn't eat, that's like a person having a fever - a clear signal that something is wrong.

    If the Vet gives you the "all clear" then try some water on the food, a little gravy, or a small amount of ketchup.

    How old is your dog, what breed, and how big?

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    Re: If dog is not eating, do I just force feed her?

    Try some Tripett. I have yet to hear of a dog that will turn it down and it is much better than that Science Diet canned they have out there. It is a great addition to any dogs diet. All it basically is is green tripe. My puppy loves it and won't eat his kibble without it. It's got probiotics in it to help your dogs already upset digestive system. I also put some Probiotics and Enzymes from Mercola on my dogs food which aid in digestive health.

    Also Plain Canned Pumpkin helps with diarrhea along with those digestive supplements I mentioned.

    When my old Golden was very sick she wouldn't eat out of her bowl but instead ate from my hand until she was feeling better.

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