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Old 09-27-2013, 04:55 PM   #16
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I didn't see this suggestion yet but try heating up the wet food (assuming it is wet food) as it makes the food's aromas come out. Pets tend to loose the strong sense of smell as they age.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by lvillotta1 View Post
About how much as far as cups of food do you do? Do you feed how many times a day? I probably had 2 cups all mixed together. Should I feed again tonight? Thanks so much for your post. I will be picking up some veggies,brown rice and fruit this weekend and would like to do a week also.
I feed my dog twice a day but a lot depends on how the dog has been fed. If he can't/won't eat much in one meal then several smaller meals might be better. Watch for diarrhea though and make sure the dog stays well hydrated.

Also in terms of the Vet, even if you do not plan to treat for any serious illness, pain relief is not very expensive and can make a big difference in quality of life. Remember that many dogs do not give a sign of being in pain until the pain is really bad.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:47 PM   #18
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My dogs are both about 3, one is about 44 lbs and the other is about 63. I feed them 1-1/4 cups at dinner. I do about 40% meat and 30% each of grain and vegetables. My smaller dog is much more active than my larger dog, there weight is staying the same so think I am feeding them a good amount. With your older dog, it maybe even sore teeth or something, so hard at that age.
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Mixing plain yogurt with dog food helps. I soaked hard food and put it in blender added hamburger and rice that worked too.

poor baby hope she feels better.
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If she hasn't been eating well lately I wouldn't let her eat a big meal all at once just for fear it might be too much suddenly and it wouldn't stay down.

But really, take the dog to the vet. For the last 2 years my one cat was alive, I hemmed and hawed about taking her because she fought so hard when we tried to get her in a carrier (literally have the scars to prove it). Everyone I talked to, even our old vet said "If a cat is eating, drinking, jumping and can go to the litter box, they're probably fine." She did all that, and very slowly got to the point where she didn't. Turns out when it was time to let her go she'd had crazy bad intestinal cancer. The vet said it was fine and that there wouldn't have been much they could have done anyway but I've always felt bad thinking maybe if they could have caught it or something...but anyway...I don't say this all to guilt you into anything. I'd just be more comfortable knowing at least the dog was evaluated and maybe it stays a little problem rather than turning into a big one.
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My 10yr old girl decided recently to not like dry kibble. So i got her the soft moist packs. I mix those with a can of wet and she gobbles it right up. She just wont touch the kibble. I let her be picky... shes my pal
Good luck op! I hope the appetite picks up!
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I would also take her to visit - for example, a painful tooth (whether from an infection or other dental problem) can cause eating to be painful for a dog, but can be treated.

As for food, after our dog was spayed (she is a middle aged dog - exact age unknown as she was a stray rescued by a wonderful organization), she refused to eat for a few days. We baked her chicken, cut up the pieces put it over rice and then drizzled warm chicken broth (from a can) over it - she ate that right up!!! Just warming up chicken broth and drizzling that over the top can make e food more appetizing!
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