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Old 02-21-2013, 10:05 AM
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I'm sending Tiny and you lots of good wishes and thoughts. Tell her she needs to keep up her energy by eating because we want to forum party on her 16th...
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:12 AM
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I went to putting chicken broth on everything. Luckily we also catch lots of salmon every summer so we had strong smelling smoked salmon for my old girl. It seemed like a light walk in the evening just to the end of the block really helped her attitude too. I love a sugar face, they are the best dogs. When Tiger was old I had to watch the other dogs to keep them from eating her food.

I had a mouser too. She would go on the hunt in the shop at work. We had big overhead doors that were easy for the mice to get through, so there were plenty to chase. Never had a mouser since. I do miss watching her work.
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Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and Tiny. She sounds like she's doing really well for her age with the exception of eating.

I had to let my bridge boy go at 15.5, it got to be a struggle to get him to eat. I ended up cooking a lot for him and gave him basically whatever he would eat. He too was on Tramadol.

I know when they get to be this age, you start worrying about every little thing. This time is so precious and you want to do everything you possibly can for them.
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I just saw this. I know what you mean about being worried. My Smooch was always a ravenous eater, but I knew something was wrong when she DIDN'T WANT to eat at all. I did hand feed her and she took it. I'm glad you're giving her the canned food, too, I think they prefer that and it's easier for them to eat. Tiny sure ate QUITE a bit already today! I wonder if dogs are like people and eat less when they grow older. Wow! 16 is just amazing!
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Just seeing this and sending good thoughts & prayers to the beautiful Tiny.

Hey Tiny, badger Tito so we can all watch and enjoy the video Hotel4Dogs will make
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I totally understand how it's a worry when you're seeing a change in Tiny's appetite. Sending prayers and good thoughts for your Tiny.
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Seriously - Tramadol makes me quite nauseated. Any chance that is affecting her breakfast?
It was so bad for me, I just quit taking it.
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Also count us in for PLENTY of good wishes headed to you both - - AND for wanting to see a video of Tiny pestering Tito
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I'm just seeing this now. Please know I am sending you so many positive thoughts for Tiny.

I noticed with Tesia that she started not wanting to eat right away when we got up in the morning. I started letting her let me know when she wanted to eat, instead of me putting it down on our old schedule and having her walk away. I don't know if your schedule allows for this. I felt that helped me not stress about it, and I felt like she felt less pressure. We would go out, and then she would come back in and go back to bed for an hour or so. Then she would come out and be ready to have breakfast.

As her appetite ebbed and flowed, I would key in one what she DID like - and I would just give her that. She always happily ate cookies, even if she turned away from her bowl of food, until that last weekend, so suddenly cookie intake went way up. I had only very occassionally given cookies through her life, but in her last two months, she got cookies whenever she looked at me. She seemed to really love Fromm Gold Duck and Chicken Pate, so I gave her that, and I gave her more anytime she asked. I gave her smaller amounts more often. She also did better when I took the chill off the refrigerated portions in the microwave, and mashed it up so that she could just basically lick it up, rather than chew anything. She also did better if I served it on a slightly lipped plate than in her dish. (No clue why on this one, but so be it).

If you are worried about calories, Hill's a/d diet can be really good. It is concentrated, so you can add some water and make it into a gravy type consistency and add it to kibble, or just give it alone as I eventually did.

Best of luck - I know the great worry when their appetite starts to change.
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We're sending good thoughts your way Barb...Tiny deserves nothing but the best...

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Prayers and good thoughts for Tiny. Like someone else said, maybe she needs a bit more of a variety in her diet. I know what you mean, we notice any little change and it is worrysome. Please give her a smooch from me, ok?
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