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My dog has been diagnosed with kidney faillure and also has congestive heart failure. He is an 11 year old beagle basset hound mix. He has not eaten anything for the past two days. I know how important getting him to eat is but he will not eat anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! If you have any ideas to get him to eat or on how to force him to eat please tell me, I am very worried.
 

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The kidney page at dogaware has a lot of ideas on feeding a dog that won't eat but first you need to go to the vet to be sure there isn't a crisis going on. If he is dehydrated he will lose his appetite. If he is nauseous he will lose his appetite. If his system is acidic he will lose his appetite. I am sure there are many other reasons. So far, knock on wood, Sassy only lost her appetite once and a simple antacid fixed it. Feeding that to a dehydrated dog would not be a good idea. Go to the vet first please!
 

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thank you. we have actually been to the vet several times in the past month and just picked him up after a week in the hospital. thank you for your suggestions they are appreciated.
 

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My dog has been diagnosed with kidney faillure and also has congestive heart failure. He is an 11 year old beagle basset hound mix. He has not eaten anything for the past two days. I know how important getting him to eat is but he will not eat anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! If you have any ideas to get him to eat or on how to force him to eat please tell me, I am very worried.
Yes.Go first to vet.Then,come back and let us know how is everything.Don't wait.Infections on kidney failing animals are serious,very serious.But later we can talk a little about care of these dogs.I have one (17 years) with both liver and kidney problems.After infections with coxidia, erlichia(other two dogs died from it) and lyme ah! and 15 years with phenobarbital for epilepsy. she should not have antibiotics,anesthesia,vaccines and a long etc...
Well,she is doing very well and asking for food all day long.The only infection she caught in the house was coxidia because we have a river next to the house and there are a lot of trees and vegetation.They got infected by bird feces.The other infections were caught believe it or not in the vet hospital.Which is not strange because with only one infected tick is enough to cause a havoc.Now, birds are not only in the wild,they come,eat and enter the house any minute and lizards come to eat every day also.They are all over..! My dog is having some things to stimulate and protect her inmune system, a better diet and homeopathic drops for epilepsy(after 15 years taking venom!)Later i can tell you if you want to know about this.First go to vet please to have a recognition.Good luck!!!!We will be praying for both of you.
 

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Was he eating at the vet's? I joined the K9KidneyDiet list for nutrition information. While a very intense read there is a lot of great experience and advice coming from the list.The people on the list can go through your whole treatment plan and lab results and make suggestions to plug possible holes in the plan and great ways to get food into the dog.

Sassy stopped eating during a course of antibiotics for an UTI and after a simple antacid she started eating again. For a while I cooked daily but now I feel confident enough to cook a week's worth of food and store most in the freezer again.

She has been living with kidney disease for over 2 years and her heart murmur is now grade 3 but no problems with lungs yet. She gets subcutaneous fluids daily, a carefully balance home cooked diet and some herbal type medicines as well as that antacid. Those expensive fluids are the secret, if she didn't get those she wouldn't be here.
 
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