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My elderly dog will now not eat dog food what can I give her

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My elderly dog will now not eat dog food what can I give her that won't upset her
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

So sorry your Rosie is having such difficulties with her appetite

Dr. Altman :

This is all too common in older pets, the loss of appetite

Dr. Altman :

If you have ruled out medical causes for the reduced appetite you can try things like:

Dr. Altman :

Boiled chicken or lean meat with white rice

Dr. Altman :

Jarred baby foods work well (meat varieties)

Dr. Altman :

Your veterinary clinic will have formulas specifically formulated for dogs with low or no appetite

Dr. Altman :

Sometimes adding in an antacid such as pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec (omeprazole) can help, administering it about 15-30 minutes prior to attempting to feed

Dr. Altman :

Please let me know if this information is helpful. If you are able to give me Rosie's weight I can give you a dose of antacid if you like. This is a human over the counter formula that is available at your local grocery or pharmacy

Customer: She is a little Border terrier who weighs roughly one stone but the problem is is that if she has normal dog food it gives her diarrhoea but senior food is too bland for her. I'm worried as I don't know what to do and she has to eat. She has weetabix for breakfast and is ok with that. It's just what to do for her dinner
Dr. Altman :

What about adding in senior food combined with the normal food or supplementing the senior food with a low salt broth or even white rice and boiled chicken with the broth to entice the appetite?

Dr. Altman :

So combining the senior food she is not as interested in with something more enticing yet bland as well

Dr. Altman :

Does this make sense? Please let me know how else I can assist you today

Dr. Altman :

The white rice will also reduce the loose stool as it is bland and adding fiber as well

Customer: Thank you I will try that. It's not so much lack of appetite as the food is too bland. Could I give her steak, lamb steaks and things like that or would that be too rich
Dr. Altman :

Lean chicken or low salt broth would not be as rich and will be easier on the stomach

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