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    how to get a sick dog to eat?

    Just got a puppy from the spca and it has kennel cough most likely and is on a new antibiotic and dewormer. She will drink off my finger but not from the bowl and really won't eat anything but treats sometimes. Any tips on how to get her to eat cause she is really skinny.

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    Is that the only thing wrong with her? Buy some non-flavored Pedalyte and see if you can get her to drink that, and some nice, stinky wet food. If she's having any tummy issues, chicken and rice (or beef with rice) will help.

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    How old is this dog?

    Toby :: Boston Bulldog :: Oct 15 2012

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    I second the chicken and rice! I've never had my dogs turn it down, even when they're sick. Boil the chicken until it's done, cut it up and mix with cooked rice. Nice and bland for their tummies, and they (typically) absolutely love it.

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    Was it eating and drinking before it left the SPCA? Are they the ones who started the antibiotic and dewormer? You could always call them and ask what they think, also.

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    If the vet is sure the only thing wrong is kennel cough, then it could just be upset stomach from the antibiotic and dewormer.

    I mix about 1:1 ratio of warm (not hot, like baby formula warm temperature) water with kibble and offer that. If they really need to be tempted, I drizzle a little of the water from a can of (packed in water) sardines or chicken.

    You can also offer homemade (no sodium) chicken broth- just boil a bit of chicken in water and drain.

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    Yes.. How old is the dog???

    When Roman has upset stomach and had the runs (dewormer do give Roman runs too)...
    I actually handfed Roman kibble by kibble, pieces of cooked chicken and made him drink chicken broth (added ginger to the broth) to help him better.
    And in this heat... He also lost his appetite.
    So... I made him drink milk (started out with goats milk) then when I tried and found him without lactose intolerance, regular milk.
    I still handfeed some of his kibbles (I think maybe the dryness of the kibbles have something to do with it)... He will take dinner by himself.

    Milk I find is a great protein packed, easy to drink "food" that help sustained all baby animals...
    So its a great alternative to food, food.
    Test for lactose intolerance of course... But there are always other lactose "tolerant" milk forms.

    I love handfeeding Roman daily (10-20x including treats)... Not just for when he is sick.

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    Re: how to get a sick dog to eat?

    If the dog will eat with encouragement, then you could make a little broth or some dilute ketchup soup, and pour a tablespoon over his kibble.

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