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NFT: Wife in Hawaii...dog won't eat...any BBI dog-whisperers?

RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 3:46 pm

Just what it says. Wife is gone for two weeks and has left me to avoid starving our yorkie. Day 1 and he seems intent on starving himself until she gets back which isn't such a good idea since he won't be making 12 days without food.

He is taking some chemo pills to treat lymphoma and an assortment of eye drops for blindness. He will munch on all-meat treats but i'm told he needs to get a good amount of carbs to avoid diarrhea.

Any pointers by those with better dog-whispering skills than I are appreciated.
Maybe try mixing up the food.  
robbieballs2003 : 4/12/2017 3:49 pm : link
Sometimes rice helps for that. Also, try having your wife call and put her on speakerphone to get him/her excited.
take some regular soup bowls  
GiantNatty : 4/12/2017 3:50 pm : link
put some food in them, and put them around the house in his favorite spots. see if he'll eat piecemeal. sometimes they see a lot of food and think "i'm not that hungry," not realizing they don't have to eat it all at once.
Leave it out ...  
Beer Man : 4/12/2017 3:52 pm : link
they will eat it when they are hungry enough (or they'll eventually eat you and the kiddies)
RE: Maybe try mixing up the food.  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 3:53 pm : link
In comment 13425474 robbieballs2003 said:
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Sometimes rice helps for that. Also, try having your wife call and put her on speakerphone to get him/her excited.


That's a good idea. She better not be surfing today.
RE: take some regular soup bowls  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 3:54 pm : link
In comment 13425475 GiantNatty said:
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put some food in them, and put them around the house in his favorite spots. see if he'll eat piecemeal. sometimes they see a lot of food and think "i'm not that hungry," not realizing they don't have to eat it all at once.


Bowls everywhere. Done.
wrap the carbs  
pjcas18 : 4/12/2017 3:55 pm : link
in bacon. if the dog doesn't just eat the bacon from around the carbs then it worked.

sometimes when there are things I want the dog to eat I sprinkle a little grated Parmesan cheese on it, sometimes the dog licks off the cheese, other times she eats what I want her to eat.

Maybe try peanut butter too.
If you do rice  
robbieballs2003 : 4/12/2017 3:56 pm : link
Maybe mix it with a little chicken or beef broth to moisten it up a little.
Shit one of my dog refuses  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 4/12/2017 3:56 pm : link
to eat everyday and I have to nudge him for around 5 minutes before he starts eating. Once he does, he is fine, but my other dog would eat the food if I didn't watch him.
Canned pumpkins should help with the runs  
David in LA : 4/12/2017 3:58 pm : link
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RE: Shit one of my dog refuses  
robbieballs2003 : 4/12/2017 3:58 pm : link
In comment 13425483 BigBlueDownTheShore said:
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to eat everyday and I have to nudge him for around 5 minutes before he starts eating. Once he does, he is fine, but my other dog would eat the food if I didn't watch him.


My parents dogs were like that. I got fruatratrd when I had to feed them because I didn't feel like standing around forever. So, I put one in the cage. Sometimes I left one outside while the other would eat. If the dog still didn't eat then I would pick her food up. At some point she would get hungry and let us know.

My dog now never has had that issue. He will eat everything.
RE: Canned pumpkins should help with the runs  
robbieballs2003 : 4/12/2017 3:59 pm : link
In comment 13425489 David in LA said:
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My dog loves pumpkin.
RE: Canned pumpkins should help with the runs  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 4:09 pm : link
In comment 13425489 David in LA said:
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copy that.
First  
Boatie Warrant : 4/12/2017 4:23 pm : link
Find an old article of your wife's clothing and put it in his bed for comfort. Next maybe put a little gravy on top of the dog food to make it tastey and moist. My 2 cents
Add water  
Nomad Crow on the Madison : 4/12/2017 4:25 pm : link
to the food or use wet food.
I'm Serious  
Suburbanites : 4/12/2017 4:32 pm : link
Have your wife talk to the dog on FaceTime. Dogs don't like change and hearing your wife's voice and even seeing her albeit in a different way may comfort him enough where he returns to his old ways.
RE: I'm Serious  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 4:36 pm : link
In comment 13425546 Suburbanites said:
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Have your wife talk to the dog on FaceTime. Dogs don't like change and hearing your wife's voice and even seeing her albeit in a different way may comfort him enough where he returns to his old ways.


I'm actually waiting on her call. Our 14 year old yorkie (Maximus) is her baby and it appears that he requires her presence to chow down.
RE: RE: Shit one of my dog refuses  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 4/12/2017 4:54 pm : link
In comment 13425491 robbieballs2003 said:
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In comment 13425483 BigBlueDownTheShore said:


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to eat everyday and I have to nudge him for around 5 minutes before he starts eating. Once he does, he is fine, but my other dog would eat the food if I didn't watch him.



My parents dogs were like that. I got fruatratrd when I had to feed them because I didn't feel like standing around forever. So, I put one in the cage. Sometimes I left one outside while the other would eat. If the dog still didn't eat then I would pick her food up. At some point she would get hungry and let us know.

My dog now never has had that issue. He will eat everything.


This just started like within the last month. He won't do his business until he eats and then I feed him and he just looks at me with dumb look. My wife spoils them behind my back, so I think when she feeds them at night sometimes he got used to the way she feeds them.
Absolutely.  
robbieballs2003 : 4/12/2017 5:03 pm : link
One thing I know is that a dog will let you know when they are hungry. Plus, the chemo probably makes him/her nauseous so maybe he/she isn't really hungry. Also, when humans are on chemo it kills their taste buds so maybe that is having an effect on your dog too.
I second  
jpennyva : 4/12/2017 5:31 pm : link
the recommendation to use a piece of your wife's clothing to help comfort your dog. It should be something she's worn recently so that her scent is still on it. I think the skyping will help, too.

I'm sorry about your dog's chemo. My cat went through chemo seven years ago (and is still alive!) for breast cancer. She was supposed to have five series of treatments but it affected her so negatively that she could only do four. But, luckily the four treatments worked. Her taste did change, too. After the chemo, I had to try DOZENS of different types of foods, particularly wet food (her vet wanted her on a wet food to help ensure she wouldn't become dehydrated) and finally found ONE canned cat food she would eat (Trader Joes Tuna). Even at almost 14 years old, she still plays like a kitten! Best of luck to you, both with the chemo and the situation you're in now.
man he still won't touch anything that isn't a "treat"  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 5:33 pm : link
looking like puree and syringe time. Sick dogs and sick humans sure share that propensity to be a pain in the butt.
puree'd the food  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 6:36 pm : link
syringed it in. Good thing he weighs 7 pounds.
facetime  
spike : 4/12/2017 6:48 pm : link
the wife with the dog.


RE: facetime  
RasputinPrime : 4/12/2017 7:12 pm : link
In comment 13425762 spike said:
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the wife with the dog.



He went totally blind about six weeks ago on his first day of chemo treatment. His energy level has been great and he appears otherwise healthy and happy but damn if this stage of a dog's life isn't something to dread.
Most dogs cannot resist cheese  
mrvax : 4/12/2017 7:54 pm : link
Maybe buy a small Velveeta cheese and melt it into anything you want the little guy to eat. Should help prevent diarrhea also.
Call the vet  
buford : 4/12/2017 8:05 pm : link
maybe they can give him appetite stimulants. He probably has no appetite from the chemo.
Exactly, vet prescription stimulant  
xman : 4/12/2017 10:11 pm : link
mirtazapine 7.5 ml or some other
No dog has ever starved to death  
fbdad : 4/13/2017 9:15 am : link
within the sight of food.
BTW -  
fbdad : 4/13/2017 9:16 am : link
How'd it work that your wife's in Hawaii and your stuck home with some finicky dog?
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