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Old 08-29-2017, 10:12 PM
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Food Suggestions for Dog With No Appetite

My 12 year old golden retriever is sick and has a growth on her liver. They did a biopsy today and we will see what they say tomorrow. In the mean time, does anyone have some suggestions for what to have her eat or drink? What about gateorade? She is eating nothing every day basically. Maybe gateorade ice cubes would be good to get some calories into her?
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Did your vet have any suggestions? If she isn't drinking, you really need to call your vet. They can put her on IV fluids so she doesn't dehydrate.
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My dogs, no matter how sick, would always eat cheese. Drinking, no idea.

I hope you get her sorted, so sad for her and you

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I'm sorry your pup is so sick. How long has she not been eating or drinking? Is she still recovering from the procedure? I'd check with the vet to make sure she doesn't have any food restrictions at this point and ask for suggestions. Otherwise, especially if she's old and sick, I'd probably default to people food and start with the typical bland diet for upset stomachs: chicken and rice, canned pumpkin, bread or crackers (minimal nutritional value but would at least get something in her stomach and may entice her to eat other things). What about kibble soaked in low sodium broth or gravy?

I may be the wrong person to offer advice. When my dogs have been old and sick and had decreased appetite, I pretty much fed them whatever they were willing to eat. Hot dogs, cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My previous dog liked olive oil drizzled on her kibble after she got old and finicky.

Unflavored Pedialyte should be dog safe and good for preventing dehydration and electrolyte imbalance if she's not drinking. I'd be wary of artificial sweeteners and stuff in Gatorade, or would at least ask the vet if it's safe.

Good luck. I hope your pup is feeling better soon and that the biopsy results are favorable.
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I agree with feeding her whatever she will eat. As much as possible you have to try to control the weight loss. If she recovers from her liver issue, you can deal with her nutritional needs later, but for now, anything to keep her eating something, anything.
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