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Old 11-25-2012, 10:50 AM
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Hand feed a sick dog? Of course! Spoiling sick Goldens is a fine thing. Ignore anyone who says otherwise.

Sometimes a dog needs an antacid to help settle the tummy. There are some suggestions on dosage in posts about bloat. Let me know if you want help with that.

Many of us have found that vitamin B-12 helps to stimulate appetite in a dog who has lost interest in food. In fact, some members have learned to give the injections themselves to avoid frequent vet visits. I think there is also an edible version.

There are also some stinky foods that tempt dogs - green tripe and sardines come to mind. I'm sure others will have more suggestions.

I'm so glad the intern was able to reassure you that the growth was benign. That's one less thing to worry about.

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I totally agree with Golden Girl! The Green Tripett, really help Max several times when he wouldn't eat. Here is a link that you can type in your zipcode and it will tell you which stores close to you carry it.

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I'm sorry to read she's feeling nauseous. Like she doesn't have enough going on already.

We've been through quite a bit of upset GI around here. Dosing with Cerenia and taking up food for a day to let Andy's stomach settle down followed with a couple days of boiled chicken and rice has been the only thing that worked. Green tripe got him interested in eating again. Full of nutrients and easily digested.

If you haven't actually seen her vomit could it be the meds causing the stomach upset? Antibiotics get my system all screwed up too. I hope it clears up soon. It sure sucks while you're going through it, but it will get better.
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Once again, you all make me feel so much better. So reassuring. And thanks for the tips about green tripe, tripette (which I assume is a form of), and sardines. Right now, she seems to be taking crunchy kibble by hand. Wet and soft (her normal kibble covered in water) is turning her off.

Hubbub, thanks for the tip on waiting 30 minutes to feed. I will try that. It's only her breakfast that comes at the same time as a dose, so I'll delay it tomorrow morning. And I'll just wait and see if she wants dinner tonight. It should come two hours after her afternoon dose, and six hours before her night dose, so we'll see what happens. I just think she looks so skinny. A very lean, small Golden doesn't need to lose many pounds to look too thin. She is probably only about 52-53 pounds right now - normally about 56.

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I'm sorry to read she's feeling nauseous. Like she doesn't have enough going on already.

If you haven't actually seen her vomit could it be the meds causing the stomach upset? Antibiotics get my system all screwed up too. I hope it clears up soon. It sure sucks while you're going through it, but it will get better.
I think it definitely is, Danny. The antibiotic she is on now is HUGE - it takes two capsule sized Pill Pockets to hide it. And she gets it three times a day. She's also on Tramadol still - would that cause nausea? She has never had issues with Deramaxx, but I'm not sure if Tramadol is harder on the tummy maybe. (She is off her Deramaxx right now - they said I could add it back when her poop firms up, but I'm going to wait til the Tramadol is finished. There are enough drugs in her little system).
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Don't know if it's allowed for Tesia but when Zeke wasn't well and wouldn't eat kibble I started giving him things like chicken and rice or salmon and sweet potatoes and he was happy to eat it. Sending thoughts and prayers for both of you.
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Lots of good ideas for Tee, I hope her stomach problems ease up. ((HUGS))
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Of course you can hand feed sweet Tesia. It is not spoiling her, it is loving her.

Besides the green tripe, some dogs love baby food; just be sure to buy meat based ones that have no onions in them. I am glad to see that she is sleeping well and that you got reassurance about the plasmacytoma that was remove in September.

I think that Tramadol can cause some nausea, especially if taken on an empty stomach. That combined with the antibiotics can be the cause of her lack of enthusiasm about food. You might consider buying a tube of Nutrical or Vitacal (Tomlyn Nutri-Cal for Dogs at PETCO ) to supplement her caloric intake for a few days. Separating the medicines from the meals is also a good idea so that she does not associate her regular food with something that makes her feel not quite right.

Keeping both of you in my thoughts.
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Sorry Tee is feeling poorly. I hope you and your tummy feel better soon little Tee. (So many good suggestions for stomach relief here... so helpful)
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Tramadol makes me violently nauseated. I can't handle it at all and being nauseated makes me not want to eat. It also makes me unbalanced and had the same effect(unbalanced) on Copper so I had to keep a close eye on him when he was on it.

I did't see how much she is taking, but could you maybe give it to her in smaller doses and more frequently?

I hope your darling girl gets to feeling better soon. She is so beautiiful!
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