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Our pet an American Cockerpoo, has stopped eating her regular

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Our pet an American Cockerpoo, has stopped eating her regular food which she as been eating for the past two and a half years. In addition to this, she started with diarrhoea at about the same time as going off her food. We took her to the vet who prescribed Pro-Bind 15ml and gave her two injections, one of 0.75 x Cerenia 10mg/ml per ml and one 0.5 x Clamoxyl LA 100ml per ml. Since then her stool has hardened but she still will not eat her regular food. She will however eat human food such as cooked chicken or any human meat. How do we get her back to her normal pet food please ?

She is also eating quite a lot of grass when on a walk.

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.


Would you say that she eats more grass then she did prior to refusing her food?

Can you confirm there has been no change in the diet's recipe since this started?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?

Will she eat any other dog food?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Prior to this she hardly ever ate grass. In fact only once before I believe.

I have no reason to believe that there has been a change to the recipe of her normal food which is Butchers Choice.

We have not seen or heard her retching, gagging or vomiting..

We haven't tried any other dog food except her normal dry food which she will not eat either.

She will however eat cooked chicken and any other meat normally eaten by humans as well as cheese.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Barry,

Now the reason for my questions is because Pippa's continued selective grazing coupled with her sudden interest in eating grass makes me concerned that she is still nauseous. So, while its good that the diarrhea settle, I do suspect that we still have an underlying issue in the stomach that is causing her upset. And when dogs are nauseous, they can refuse food all together or choose to only risk eating the things they enjoy most.

With this in mind, we can try some supportive care to soothe any lurking low grade GI upset behind this. Of course, if she doesn't settle with supportive care, we'd want to consider stronger options from her vet and/or discuss potential differentials for this based on their previous exam as we may need an xray or endoscopy to pinpoint the trigger for this residual issue.

In regards ***** ***** settling options at home, there are a number of antacids that are available over the counter and pet friendly. Therefore, you can use Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), Milk of Magnesia (0.5 tsp every 8 hours), or even a small dose of Calcium carbonate (60-120mg every 12 hours). These are usually given 20 minutes before offering food (to allow absorption) and of course you want to double check with your vet if your wee one has a pre-existing condition or is on any medications you haven't mentioned.

After that, we'd want to see if we can get her eating her normal food. Ideally, we'd only want to offer that for a good few hours before giving anything else. This will give her a chance to try her food again and try to avoid any behavioural preference for the human food dictating her refusal.

Overall, to see her continued selective eating as well as uncharacteristic grass eating does ring alarm bells that her motivations are due to a low grade nausea. Therefore, I would advise try to address that to see if we can get her eating again. Of course, it is find to try another dog food diet as well at this time. But if she continues to refuse the dog food diet, then we'd need to speak to her vet about other causes for these signs of upper GI upset.

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.

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