Any advice on coaxing a dog to eat when he's on a lot of medications?

My 7 year old mutt is being treated for unknown liver complications. He was hospitalized and is on a number of antibiotics and anti-nausea meds. They sent him home for a few days to see if his anxiety would improve so he would eat. He's only been home 12 hours, so maybe I am expecting too much, but he won't touch anything. I tried rice, chicken, chicken broth, cheese, peanut butter. Any advice or words of encouragement? 

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Thanks, all! It turns out that he has an autoimmune disease (chronic active hepatitis). He wasn't eating because his bilirubin was so high. He's now stable and eating, but still need to get his liver under control. Appreciate all your advice - so many awesome pet lovers/caregivers in our Care.com community.

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Give his tummy a little more time to settle. He probably feels quite sick. Some dogs can go 24 to 48 hours without eating after surgery. Hang in there, he should get his appetite back soon. Best wishes to you and your pup.

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Mary in Loveland, CO
March 4, 2019

Liver issues can cause no appetite due to chronic nausea. antibiotics also can cause nausea. I would avoid fats like cheese and peanut butter, That is difficult for liver to process and increases nausea. I use herbs and homeopathics with good results. The key is to get rid of nausea, you can try a spoonful at a time of nonfat plain yogurt such as stonyfield farm, herbal glycerine tinctures such as peppermint , chamomile and fennel, and homeopathic anti emetics. Also bone broth , ideally home made is good. If its store bought, should be no fat, and not horribly high in sodium. Once he starts eating, you can also sprinkle ground fennel powder and chamomile in the food /broth as well as ginger. You might also want to try ginger capsules the best antiemetic around.

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Unless your dog is terminally ill, he won't starve himself to death. Most dogs can't resist the taste of braunschweiger, which is commonly found in most grocery stores in the refrigerated cold cut/hot dog section. Try mixing braunschweiger in with his food - it's also great for getting your dog to take oral medications such as tablets or capsules. Embed the pill in a small dollop of braunschweiger and roll it into a ball small enough for your dog to swallow in a single gulp.

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I always gave my dogs meat,they never turn that down

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Giving him his favorite foods to start out gets them more likely to eat.

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Leave the food and water in a place, he can reach it. Then give him some time. He is probably disoriented from the ordeal and needs rest. Be sure to keep your ears and eyes peeled so that you can confirm when he has finally started eating.

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Sydney in Tempe, AZ
Sept. 23, 2019

that's a hard situation, I would mix his food with some water and get a syringe that's filled with his food and tube feed him. I would ask a vet on how they exactly do it. I've done it before but I don't want to give you the wrong advice. Best of luck!!

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He probably has an upset tummy. Anytime you have a change of diet, vomiting, or loose stool, put pumkpkin puree (make sure there is no added sugar to it) in their food. It is essential for their digestive tract and makes the process smoother. On top of that, this may be a little gross for some people ,but I would go to your local butcher and ask for any liver and ask them to cut into small pieces if needed. I would cook the liver, maybe 2 minutes each side. You only want to kill any possible bacteria that maybe on the meat. Make some slits in the liver pieces and stuff the medication in there. I would mix in white rice and carrots.

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User in Lutz, FL
Aug. 19, 2019

Bread or Chicken Broth helps. You can also use baby food.

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I'm sorry, poor pup... When my pup isn't feeling well and he won't eat, we stuff his medicine in a nice big meatball and it works for us almost every time, even when he won't go near his dry food or fresh wet food (which he LOVES). Does he have any favorite treats or snacks? You could also try mixing something tasty in with his regular food and maybe that will help. I hope he feels better and starts eating soon!

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have you tried canned chicken in the aisle with tuna, also try to give the nausea medication first and then feed after he hopefully eats give the antibiotic, also baby food without onion,

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He'll eat when he is hungry.. but if it goes more than 3 days, I may be concerned. Make sure he has plenty of water, but his body is trying to heal.

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Taylor in Parrish, FL
July 28, 2019

All of those food items are great! I would suggest leaving the food in an area where he can get to it once he's ready. We have to remember, animals will eat when they need to...which is often times not on our terms. Dogs DO NOT starve themselves, but they can hold out until it is completely necessary to eat. I know it is worrisome, but just continue to be there for him and maybe even give him space/time. In the past, I have used lavender essential oil as a natural way to help ease anxiety (rub a bit on his neck or bedding). Seems like you're on the right track and I hope for his speeding recovery.

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Sharon in Aurora, IL
July 19, 2019

What I did was get one of those large plastic syringes from the vet or pharmacy. Blend up the food, I started with mixing plain greek yougurt with the food, filled the syringe and pretty much force fed it to her. Seemed that once she got some food in her she took up to eating. She had a lot of anxiety in general and being away from home throws of their routine. She started eating again after the second feeding. At least I knew she was getting some food. Good Luck!

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Chicken broth works great or put the pill in peanut butter.

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Linda in Bedford, TX
July 6, 2019

Your vet is the expert

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Place the medication inside a ball of peanut butter. Besides tasting good, peanut butter also makes dogs lick excessively because of its sticky nature. Your dog will likely be so distracted by his licking that he won't even notice a pill hiding among the goodness.

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User in Renton, WA
July 2, 2019

In my experience, if adding cheese, peanut butter, and other treats won't get them to eat you just have to wait it out. Sometimes feeding them by hand will get them to eat, but other times the best thing to do is wait for them to eat.

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I don't this you have given him enough time at 12 hours. Give him time and don't hover. If he still doesn't eat by 24 hours, call your vet.

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Mix in coconut oil, or something else that is tasty to the dog but not harmful.

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Lee in Raleigh, NC
June 25, 2019

i would Not feed people food to a cat or dog...only good Quality pet food.

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Hillary in Bailey, MI
June 23, 2019

This is silly, but I've pretended to eat my dogs food to get her interested in eating it. It actually works!

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Let your dog take his time. When your sick u really just want to lay down and rest without someone trying to get you to eat you just want to take your time on getting better. So i say just let your dog rest and take his time.

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Maybe try to make the food enticing for him, or show him it's okay.

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I am not sure where you shop fory dog food? Billy+Margot are new in PetSmart from Australia. The owner is a canine nutritionist.Single animal protein, a whole protein along with superfoods, Manuka honey great for digestion and many other antioxidant properties. She offers a variety of things that allow the circle of nutrition so the canine/furry family does not get board. I don't know about you but I get bored with chicken, tuna, everyday. Billy+Margot are new in in the US approx. 9 months. Exclusive in Petsmart. I would recommend trying chilled roll in lamb, and wet food in salmon, kangaroo.. Are you using dry and if so what kind? Hope I can help.

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Poor thing. I'm so sorry he's sick. I hope he feels better soon. Could you chop or grind the pills up and put them in cheese or his peanut butter?

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Are you anxious around the dog? They feed off our emotions.

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Is he constipated? Maybe the vet has good answers.

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My best advice is never give up but also give the dog some time and space and keep coming back to him in a timely manner. I would treat him like my own.

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Rhonda in Conyers, GA
June 13, 2019

Yes rub the pet while gently trying to feed them..allowing the pet to eat from your hand

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Often times in animals with anxiety, you can sit by their meal and pet them and chat with them. Sometimes, when my dogs have been under the weather, I often start by hand-feeding them in small amounts. Hiding pills in something tasty is best, hot dog piece, cheese, pate, etc. Good Luck!

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hell eat if hes hungry enough

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Have you tried smashing up the pills and putting them in food that way? Also in my experience it just takes time and patience.

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Try and address it quickly, call or go to your veterinarian to make sure your dog is ok.

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Keep going! You're on the right track it sounds like with the things you've listed. I've known CBD to help with their appetite (Not THC, that is deadly for dogs) so maybe that would be something to look into if he doesn't start eating in the next 12 hours. But also, if he was noticeably anxious in the hospital, maybe he's just trying to adjust and recuperate. All good things take time. I hope everything goes smoothly for you both!

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If he just got out of the hospital and is taking medication. I would probably recommend to give him time to feel more comfortable while being on the medications. He will need a lot of love and affection and some food. If the food that you are trying is not working right now, maybe try his favorite food or try later. If he still hasnt eaten 2-3 days, I would probably call the vet and ask for professional advice.

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I worked at several large boarding facilities and shelters over the course of the past 15 years. Many pets get stressed in the new environment, and from being away from their families. Some of the things we used to entice appetite are the things you mentioned plus plain, UNSWEETENED Greek yogurt (great protein source) canned pumpkin, cream cheese, liver sausage, or canned kitten food (yes kitten food!), and they go crazy over lunch meat. If all else fails, a good syringe feeding may be necessary. Just put a glob of Nutrition-Cal paste mixed into meat based baby food. You can even mix in some of the Greek yogurt. Put the mix in a 60mL syringe and squeeze small amounts at a time into the SIDE of their mouth. NEVER squeeze food into the front of their mouth directly below the nose. They can aspirate food into their lungs if you do that. Sometimes it takes about two days of syringe feeding every couple of hours a day for the pet to regain its appetite. Be sure to make each syringe feeding session enjoyable and comfortable for your pet. Praise them and give lots of love and attention For a job well done.

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make eating a fun time, maybe play some games around the food bowl, eat with him or award him when taking small bites. he its still hard try too detect to see if there's any ingredients in the food he may nnot like.

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You could try some puppy milk suppliment, or even powdered goats milk sprinkled on his food.

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Ester in Hayward, CA
May 29, 2019

The recovery process or the time after treatment is very important to observe and even take down those observations and notes. Eating is so important to recuperation and it's good to understand what expectations the Vet has set regarding how soon after the beloved pet should be eating. This information as well as our own knowledge of our pet's personality/spirit will help you to know what to do at the given time. It's a balance between the Dr's set expectations and our own gut feelings of what we know about our pets.

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Try mixing some warm chicken and/or chicken broth into his regular food. The warmth will make the food smell stronger, which will entice him to eat. If he still isn't eating after a day, the anti-nausea medication may not be working for him. Hope he gets better!

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Something that has worked for me when my 16 year old four legged little man won't eat is giving him a little dollop of NutriCal. My vet recommended it and it actually worked :-) A little wile after giving it to him, he would nibble and after a day or so would be back to eating regularly. Check with your vet to make sure it is okay to use with any medications he may be on. Good luck and I hope he eats soon. Such a scary and frustrating time. Hang in there.

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Suzanne in Tampa, FL
May 24, 2019

The dog will eat when he is hungry, a bland diet is best for now, and maybe ask your Vet for something that may increase his appetite.

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I had a dog that wouldn't eat and we put parmesan cheese on the dog food and he ate it.

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give him a pill pocket or hot dog treat if that doesn't help, gently hold his mouth shut and rub his neck to encourage him to swallow

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Boiled chicken and brown, long grain rice is my go to. It helps settle the stomach and DO NOT add any salt,pepper or other spices. It will give the dog the necessary protein to keep his or her strength up and as the dog eats, keep them hydrated with 1st Pedialyte and then water.

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I use chicken broth.

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The animals I've owned have never needed meds. My background is in the medical field.I know that there are devices that assist in and make it easier: Greenies Pill Pickets.

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Poor baby. He is not feeling good and it's hard when we watch our fur babies not wanting to eat. At the Humane Society we used Pumpkin treats. Straight Pumpkin out of the can (not pie filling). A little on your finger to coax him. He may prefer it cold. Also, Chicken broth ice cubes may work. Remember, if you're feeling anxious he is too. So maybe so just some sit down quiet time with a few food things to hand feed him? I know it's distressing. Hang in there and hope he is feeling better real soon!

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I took care of a dog with kidney failure on medication, the only way i could get him to eat the pills ,(we cooked the food chicken.. meat rice whatver he likes normally, his favored kipples and wrapped the pills in into the food, use often my hand to eat out off.

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Andy in Milford, CT
April 29, 2019

I knew my dog was in pretty bad shape when she would not eat the usual stuff that any dog would eat - steak, bacon and pizza crust. Maybe try the nutrient-rich bone broth or maybe some healthy treats. The important thing is to make sure your dog is drinking because he needs to stay hydrated.

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Marcia in McKinney, TX
April 29, 2019

Have you tried cold cuts, like a bit of sliced ham? Or peanut butter on a piece of bread. Try to get him to eat before he has taken his meds. Then after his meds.

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Misti in Whitewater, WI
April 24, 2019

try wet canned dog food like the ceasar dishes or the purina one cans and try doing so in sparing amounts

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Just call your Vet and tell them but most-likely, he jus wants to be held and calm.. and he'll come around soon, just be patient and don't forget to call your Vet about the situation.

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Have you tried putting oil on some of his food? Sometimes when my dog is in a new place, he won't eat for a couple of days. I started putting flax oil and sometimes olive oil on his food, and he loves it! You should probably converse with your dog's vet before doing this being that he has some liver complications, but I think the fatty acids in the oil should be beneficial to his nutritional health. Hope that helps! :)

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12 hours isn't a lot of time for meds to kick in. Tell the vet. maybe they can change his meds. Is he in pain. That is the main thing. if an animal is in pain and there's no cure, it's time to let them go. I had a cat with liver problems. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer but we spent $4000 on vet bills and he died anyway. Good luck.

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this is a great website to ask medical questions about. Your questions concerning your pets (even about eating) should be limited to medical professionals only. NOT care givers. https://www.justanswer.com/pet...

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Give him time to sniff out the food. I would go with softer foods potentially to feed him. He'll eat when he wants to. But don't go crazy with trying different foods. Make him comfortable and show him love, he'll eat when he wants to.

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Jasmine in Hayes, VA
April 8, 2019

Does he have any favorite treats or foods that he likes? Maybe you could try giving him some of those.

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Tanice in Atlanta, GA
April 7, 2019

Give him more time. If he doesn't eat 24 hours after the visit, contact your vet.

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Hand feeding from whomever he denotes to be the Alpha in the family. Truly water consumption is more important. Secret Weapon: Peanut butter!

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User in Colonia, NJ
April 3, 2019

Depending how his bloodwork is, depends on how sick he is..Hopes he is off heart worm meds during the winter time since it gives their liver a break from those toxins. It only makes sense since no mosquitoes are present.. Take him to an Integrative Vet since they can practice out side the box ! They will give you the RIGHT ANSWERS !!

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i would try my best to give his meds and mixed it with soft foods or coach him on eating it

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I have a 13 yr old that takes 14 different meds and supplements daily. I have tried wrapping the meds in roast beef, canned fish, pill pockets, roast sliced chicken....oh, you name it. Never seems to last for long before he wises up and begins to turn his nose up. Now, if your dog is truly sick or terminally ill, he may not want to eat no matter what tricks you try. It may just be his body shutting down. It is part of nature and his time might just be near. But if not, I'll let you know what has been working for my dog and he seems to be hanging steady health-wise, if not actually improving despite the continual aging. We have been giving our dog this medicine for the past 14 months. We scoop his Earthborn Holistic Duck & Pumpkin kibble into his bowl and moisten it slightly as my dog has a bad tooth that my vet refuses to operate on due to his health condition as he feels he would have difficulty coming out of the anesthesia. Then I take some soft bread and wrap the meds in the bread. I put this on top of the moistened kibble. He used to like playing catch with his food and sometimes I'll toss one at him and he will catch it and eat it. But most of them end up wrapped in bread and placed in the bowl. Then I top the bread balls with something yummy. He likes jarred meat sauce for spaghetti. He also likes Wendy's chili. So I spoon some of these things on his bread balls. Then I usually top it with dried oregano or basil, stir it up and he devours it all. I hope these tips were helpful and you can get your dog eating again and becoming stronger.

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Maria in Seminole, FL
March 29, 2019

A few months ago my 1 year old Alaskan Malamute got sick and couldn't walk and wouldn't eat. It took almost 14 hours but I got him to eat by hand feeding him by first getting him taste his food and then he got to eating by himself. Some foods he likes to eat are apples, bananas, lettuce, and oatmeal. Try light foods. Good luck!

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Rob in Providence, RI
March 28, 2019

They may be experiencing pain and I would want to love and comfort them through it.

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Nancy in Durham, NC
March 25, 2019

I usually try and wrap the meds inside a treat.

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With our older dogs, when they aren't doing well with eating, we have also tried a natural probiotic and some bone broth on their food, and have withheld treats that have upset their digestion. Also Omega Oil like a Salmon Oil supplement has helped. I would imagine you have consulted your Vet for medication. We have had one of our on something to help her skin disease and immune system.

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Karen in Greenbrae, CA
March 23, 2019

I would want to know what advice your veterinarian is recommending your dog eat. I would monitor him closely and find soothing ways to minimize your dear dog's anxiety which will help to enable him/her to eat. Patience and relationship building is key. Since 2008 I have been a Notary Public. One requirement to become a Notary Public is I must pass a California Department of Justice and an FBI background check. I mention this face about myself in the hope that this fact about me will bring you comfort and I can be easily verified. Sincerely, Karen

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I would try anything to try make the dog eat again no matter how long it'll take me to.

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Shannon in Weston, FL
March 19, 2019

When my dog had surgery to remove a tumor from his intestines he didn't want to eat either. He was also on antibiotics and anti nausea meds. Typically when an animal is sick or otherwise not feeling well they forego eating so the body can focus more on healing than digesting food. Unfortunately past a day or two they do need to eat to keep up their strength whether they want to or not. For my dog I made meatballs from chicken, beef, rice, and sweet potato. I also added turmeric for its anti inflammatory properties. The first few days I had to basically force him to eat it (place it in the back of their throat and hold the mouth closed until they swallow it... just like how you'd administer medicine if they won't take it). It's not fun or pretty but its necessary sometimes. Since you said it's only been 12 hours I wouldn't worry just yet but like I said if it goes on for more than two days you may want to force feed him. *I'm not a vet... just went through a similar situation and this is how I got my dog through it*

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Catherine in Canton, GA
March 19, 2019

hot dogs or turkey always work for me

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Thats very hard to watch, I know. I had similar situation, and believe it or not, the only thing that worked was bringing in another dog who would eat and that "competition" spurred my little dog to eat. Hope this helps in some small way. Good luck to you both!!

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Juan in Grayslake, IL
March 5, 2019

In this case is difficult to say because it depends a bit of the things that the doggie like most. But there is some products, salmon meat, for example that most of the dogs will love (only if the doctor allos you to) So, with that kind of food what i will do is sitting with him on the floor and feed it from my hands and slowly. Also in that case i will suggest a test for hepatic problems, because that is one of the reasons because they stop eating (even their favorite food), and could be something that need treatment as soon as posible.

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I am organic based and holistic in nature. Have used acupuncture and natural medications as an alternative with my older dogs.

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You need to space the medications out and not give all medicine at the same time and do maybe pills 3 to almost 4 hours apart so it's not making his stomach hurt. Call the doctor and tell them the list of medications he is on with the names and see which ones you can put about 4 hours apart. He should start being able to eat again as long as his stomach isn't that upset. Also let him get his greens a little bit outside but not too much of it. Make sure the ask the vet if he is allowed to eat grass sometimes some procedures they shouldn't. Best to ask your vet since he or she treated your pet.

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Try playing a game with your dog. Give him a treat, then a second, then a third with the pill wrapped in it.

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Nora in Toledo, OH
March 2, 2019

Its stressful when we are not feeling great and hospitalized. And is especially true for your dog. Words cannot explain to them, so they read body language, tone of voice, and their environment. If YOU are stressing, they sense it, and can make them feel less relaxed. Speak in a familiar voice tone to soothe, instead of a higher pitch. And just act normal. Don't change how you interact. If you didn't stare or insist on lap time before, don't do it now. Normalcy is the first best medicine. Consult the veterinarian before using any food as bait, to be sure it is safe during treatment! The liver performs very specific vital functions. Don't risk further complications with foods or additives which the liver has to process. Definitely keep in close regular contact with your vet. They know you, your pet, the course of treatment, and can recognize issues more quickly for any immediate intervention. That's what they do! You pay a fair price for that service, so don't be afraid to use it. They are truly your best resource for any issues or concerns you may have. So relax and take one step at a time.....

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Give him more drink and if possible for little eat

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Fran in Haverhill, MA
Feb. 27, 2019

I would try putting the chicken broth on your finger and letting him lick it off. That was the only way I could get my sick dog to respond. Just a thought.

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Emily in San Jose, CA
Feb. 26, 2019

Ultimately, you cannot make your animal eat if they truly do not want to. Your best bet would to be entice them with tasty foods that they are not often exposed too (for example, when my diabetic cat had trouble eating we often gave him steak and steak juice). If your animal has nausea, I would recommend pumpkin paste since this is known to be easy on their stomach and help bowel movements.

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Sahara in Omaha, NE
Feb. 23, 2019

There are appetite stimulants but I believe it has to be from a vet.

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Brianna in Yakima, WA
Feb. 20, 2019

If you haven't yet try feeding him by hand or sitting down on the floor or wherever is comfortable for him. Also, if he doesn't have to take the nausea meds madatorily, hold off on giving them to him in less he is actually in need of them. Hope all is well for you both soon!

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Eli in Charlotte, NC
Feb. 19, 2019

well, my dog bailey does the same thing, and i know of one way it can work. grind it up into a fine powder and put it on there food and add water.

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Don't worry, believe in yourself. I see that it has been a stressful few days, and I am so sorry that you are going through this. I believe his anxiety is the reason why he wont eat. He is very nervous right now so I recommend getting a few blankets and getting him to lay down and take a nice nap, that will help with the stress. He might be a little constipated causing his not to want to eat, my puppy has had this problem too, I would go on YouTube and look up how to give your dog a stomach massage, and then if that does not work, I would call the doctors and let them know you tried all that you could. I hope this helps, and I am so sorry again that you are going through this.... I will keep your dog in my prayers.

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once plz try mutton/goat liver ,dogs like its smell and eat( after consulting ur veterinarian) ,my 7year old lhasa apso love it and when he dont take medicine i feed him with it.take him on stroller and let him see the outside happy dogs environment . dont worry mutt will be fine & recover soon ,sit beside him and have happy conversations with him .

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You're doing great with taking care of him, so try not to worry too much! If it were my dog, I would simply give him as much attention as possible and not give up trying to feed it to him. I hope all goes well!

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I am so sorry for what you and your pup are going through. There are a few things you could try, but if food is making him nauseous you might have to keep changing it up. Try organic sliced deli meat and lots of water if he's drinking. You could try Organic Chicken jerky along with making bone broth, its loaded with nutrients and a bit more gamey than chicken broth. There are great recipes online for organic dog treats, usually very healthy and very tastey. I hope this helps. I wish your pup a very speedy recovery.

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Brianna in Tacoma, WA
Feb. 18, 2019

When my Chow mix would get on meds, she wouldn't move around as much and need heavy coaxing for eating. Hospitalizing can also affect how they feel since there is so much pain and other animals and smells there. Your pup may be a bit shocked still. I would say keep loving on him (scratches and staying close), and talking to him or trying to get him play. Does he have a favorite toy or blanket that smells like him, bring it closer to where he's staying put. Make him comfort as possible and show him you're present with him, that has helped my Chow mix and then she would nibble from my hand. If he doesn't eat in a few days then you'll want to talk to the dr - noting any different personality changes from the meds. There could be more natural options that help your mutt. Good luck!! Sending love.

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Hi! I wouldn't be concerned right away as he did just have a treatment. Give it 48-72 hrs. A couple days without food is okay. Sometimes it takes a little while for the body to adjust to the medications. They could be causing nausea or lose of appetite. If your feeding him regularly on a schedule, you can for-go it for a couple of days and leave food out so he can eat when he wants. Once he starts eating regularly you can put him back on his schedule. You can also try canned pumpkin. I have used it for my own dogs more then once and it definitely helps and it even vet recommended. Good Luck and I hope he feels better soon.

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I would highly recommend asking your doctor about at home administered fluids, the biggest concern with a dog that won't eat is dehydration. You might find that a hydrated dog is more willing to eat.

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Cheese (craft slice) small amount food amount. or hard boil egg, the yoke only.

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Mindy in Bronx, NY
Feb. 17, 2019

I tend to feel he is responding to his body and maybe needs to empty out more before he can eat.

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User in Stratford, CT
Feb. 17, 2019

Those antibiotic meds will make his stomach not feel great, even with the anti-nausea pills. You should feed him the antibiotics with food to try and avoid stomach upset. Give the nausea pills some time after. Also, chicken broth most likely has too much sodium, and iamt good for him. Use low sodium broth, or make bone broth for him, which is the best broth out of them all... I don't mean store bought bone broth- I mean homemade. Slippery elm powder also helps with nausea, and it coats the gi tract, so I suggest giving some of that. After antibiotics are done, use probiotics in food! This will help his stomach and GI tract heal.... antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria in the gut, but the good as well.

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My dog is just plain ol' picky, so I take a 1/4 tsp of coconut oil, melt it, and pour it over her food to make it seem special. On rare occasions that doesn't work, I drizzle some raw honey over her food as well and she loves it. It also may just be too soon and your dog needs some time to relax before eating. Make sure he's nice and comfortable with plenty of support from his family!

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Taylor in Ames, IA
Feb. 17, 2019

Hi there! Getting sick dogs to eat is a toughy. There's a couple of things here that I would try in this situation. 1) Science Diet A/D. This is a super stinky food that is suppose to entice animals to eat. You can get it from your primary veterinarian. 2)If this medication is anti-nausea medicine, it might be in the dog's best interest to force him to swallow this pill. This might sound cruel, but he probably won't eat anything because he does feel so sick. Sticking the pill in the back of his mouth and holding his snout closed until his swallow forces him to take the pill. Hopefully after this one time, he will start to feel better and be interested in food. I wish the best for you and your dog!

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Sara in Urbandale, IA
Feb. 17, 2019

Give him some time. He's probably still pretty stressed out. There's several methods to get an animal to take medication, and it really varies animal to animal. Hiding it in peanut butter is usually effective.

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Call your vet and let him know the situation.

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I dont feed my Dog table food, but if I have a huge problem with meds, I give his medicine, a tablet, in the people table food. I dont encourage table food, its just that they beg so I put it in there for their weekly meds if I had to.

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I used to have a dog years ago but now a cat. What I do to coax her to eat if she's been on any meds is to, of course, talk softly and sweetly to her, also pet her gently. Then I find some very tasty kitty food and put a little on a teaspoon. I put it near her mouth while petting her at the same time. She will usually readily begin nibbling and then eating the food from the spoon. I will do this several times and gradually transition to placing some of the yummy food in a dish. She will usually now eat with no issues.

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Sara in Cleveland, OH
Feb. 16, 2019

I would give him time. If he doesnt eat in 12-24 hours call the vet. Im sure hes not feeling well and is stressed from the hospital visit. Hopefully the little guy comes around!

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In my experience, lots of cuddles and fuzzy blankets seem to help. If you need to give him meds in my experience putting the pills inside of a hot dog has worked. I hope all goes well.

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Lachelle in Kelso, WA
Feb. 15, 2019

I would consult the vet treating the dog.

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Typically a dog that is on many medications and is sick usually doesn't taste or smell things as well as they used to and may actually loose their appetite. To increase smell and palatability make sure your using a wet food and microwave it for a few seconds so it is warm, not hot! Another thing to try is boiled chicken and rice, make a sort of soup out of it using rice, chicken,and water.

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Try human-grade chicken, duck or pork jerky in small bites. While on antibiotics and anti-itch pills, my dog would not eat her kibble at all. So I tried several treats and the one she could not was the chicken made by Full Moon. I then started putting small little pieces of the jerky in the kibble and she started back eating the kibble with treats in it.

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Kori in Tyler, TX
Feb. 14, 2019

Depending on the kind of medicine, I would try to mix it into the cheese or peanut butter. Since he doesn't seem to be wanting to touch any of the things you've tried, try crushing the pill (hopefully it's a pill) and mix it into something creamy. So long as he eats whatever you mix it in, he gets the meds. Pet stores also have Pill Pockets, treats that have a hole in them specifically for pills. Give them some first to get them used to the treat and sneak it in there. I hope any of this works for you. And I hope you're dog gets to be feeling better.

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Make sure he has plenty of water to drink. Make him comfortable so that he can rest. He should start eating soon.

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I think that my suggestions are common knowledge. When presented with this challenge, I hid a pill in either a piece of banana, or cheese, or a small piece of bread. That always worked for me. Best of luck!

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Hi, I am so sorry to here about your dog.. I would let your dog rest. I would with hold food and water for 12-24 hours. Resume feeding a bland diet (1.1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice slightly warm) Feed small frequent amounts at least an hour in between feedings. Transition slowly to a regular diet. If no better call your vet.

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He might be anxious and food doesn't interest him. Try hand feeding him to get his interest. Raw egg over chicken might help.

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Try liverwurst. I have Yorkies and they are very particular when they do not feel good. So in that case you just have to try everything you can think of to make sure they take the medicine in order to get well.

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im so sorry to hear that he is going threw this.My baby ws going threw thesome of the same anxiety when my daugher just went a waqy to school. i had to keep her in my arms as a baby when i gave her the meds with the food anf talk to her, as i let her know that i was hear for her and everthingg was going to be ok. She will began to feel better in time.It take time but he will come around.i pray all go well for the both of you.

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Jessica in Ogden, UT
Feb. 13, 2019

The biggest threat is dehydration. As long as he's drinking he can go for a bit without food. 12 hours may be too soon if he's heavily medicated for liver issues. I would certainly call your vet. I have had some luck getting a sick dog to eat yogurt / canned pumpkin, but I would give him some time to settle first.

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Sonia in San Juan, TX
Feb. 13, 2019

It is going to take time for your dog to adjust to all the medication in its body, but you would want to try to comfort your pet, you might not know what might happen, and it is best to monitor your pet's health and body position.

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How challenging for you both. I'd let him rest a bit and then try to recreate his routines as much as possible especially mealtime routines that have been successful. Does he play then eat or walk first? What do you usually do when he eats and what food does he love? Perhaps he just needs some gentle massage and patience. If you are anxious, he will be as well so try to exhibit confidence in yourself and him. Good Luck!

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I am no expert but I think as much water as possible with some light food not to heavy. I am sure the vet should of told you something. I would just try the really good dry food.

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User in Monroe, CT
Feb. 12, 2019

disguise in peanut butter on a dog cookie also go homeopathic treatment if you can, unknown and they treat?? Crazy, a lot of times dogs will have liver problems, I'm beginning to think its environmental. for instance look of all the roundup people just use around their homes, causes cancer. Goes in the ground thru the streams, etc. Think about it and good luck to you and your dog I hope all works out.

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Diane in Euclid, OH
Feb. 12, 2019

Give your dog water and refresh it daily give him time for the medicine to it might take a bit more time just keep putting food in the dog dish and the dog might slowly eat his dog food dry food. Have you called your dog vet and tell them what has happened to the dog maybe the dog can't eat the human food. Tell your vet what your dog has not been doing is eating human food and maybe the dog can eat dry food instead.

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Kendal in Reno, NV
Feb. 12, 2019

I think love and comfort are most important right now. Animals will eat when they are hungry and if your little guy isn't ready yet, just gentle stroke or lay with him. I feel such a trust and bond between my dog and I and I know snuggling and telling him how much I love him eases a lot of his anxiety. Also, 100% pureed pumpkin is the best for a nauseous pup! I mix with a tiny bit of rice.

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Does your dog usually eat dry food or wet food? Honestly, when I had an elderly dog that didn't want to eat the only thing that I could get into him was canned dog food (the worse it smells to us the better), worked everytime. If your dog needs a special diet or anything though I don't know if that would be an option, but worth a shot! Goodluck.

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I always moistened the dry dogwood with some hot water and let it set so that it has a little gravy texture. You can also place in the microwave with a little water for 10 second intervals, just be REALLY SURE to test the food like you would for a baby. You don't want to burn their mouth.

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I would primarily just try to give him a little more time for him to feel comfortable back at home. If he still isn't eating after 24 hours, I would contact the veterinary office again.

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Hi. I am sorry to hear that your baby is not feeling well. I worked at animal emergency/critical care hospital for 11yrs and I saw many pets that had the same issues as your baby. I know it can be hard when your baby is not feeling well and it seems like there is nothing you can do to help. But, just keep trying to encourage him to eat. You can also try baby food, plain pancakes, plain pasta, scrambled eggs, tuna, salmon; pretty much anything until he gets his appetite back. You can also try heating the food to make it more palatable. Also, make sure he is getting plenty of water. If he is not wanting to drink you can try ice cubes. The main thing is to not let yourself get discouraged. Unfortunately, it can take some time before they feel well enough to want to eat. Hang in there. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your baby. Michelle

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Sheila in Olathe, KS
Feb. 11, 2019

Most important thing is to keep the dog hydrated. Plain water. If it won't drink give it a tablespoon every half hour to an hour. Water will help flush out bad things in its body. Later you may have to ask vet for some electrolyte (sugar and salt added in right ratio) or get packets from pharmacy if your dog doesn't start eating in a day or two. Did the vet check for Bilary?

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