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I'll start with a little background-my 12 month old pup Honey started losing weight rapidly, she got scary skinny in less than two weeks but even more just over a few days. She has been to the vet and was basically sent home to be put down because we couldn't afford the vet bills or get care credit.but we have persevered and have been hydrating her ourselves, im realizing just how fast she becomes dehydrated again and have been giving her pedialytes. I'm doing a half a cup every hour, she's 65lbs does that sound like a good dosage or should she be getting more because she is so dehydrated? She drinks some water on her own, will not eat at all so we syringe chicken stock and meat based baby food into her every hour
 

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Why is she dehydrating so rapidly? Does she have diarrhea or is she vomiting? Did the vet give you any idea of what might be going on with her?

According to what I can find a 65 lb dog should be getting between 1/4 to 1/2 gal of water a day, depending on activity level etc.

Is the chicken stock home made or store bought? If it's store bought be very careful with the calcium. What you might want to do is make a bone broth. It'll be more nutritious then what you are currently feeding, and you can control what goes into it so it won't contain the salt and preservatives of a store brought broth.

You can use this recipe, but leave out the pepper, garlic, and onions. If you can't find chicken feet, then just leave them out, and up the wings/neck, and if you like substitute the chicken necks for turkey necks, turkey necks are relatively cheap.
 

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Why is she dehydrating so rapidly? Does she have diarrhea or is she vomiting? Did the vet give you any idea of what might be going on with her?

According to what I can find a 65 lb dog should be getting between 1/4 to 1/2 gal of water a day, depending on activity level etc.

Is the chicken stock home made or store bought? If it's store bought be very careful with the calcium. What you might want to do is make a bone broth. It'll be more nutritious then what you are currently feeding, and you can control what goes into it so it won't contain the salt and preservatives of a store brought broth.

You can use this recipe, but leave out the pepper, garlic, and onions. If you can't find chicken feet, then just leave them out, and up the wings/neck, and if you like substitute the chicken necks for turkey necks, turkey necks are relatively cheap.
Ugh, I am a certified idiot! That should have been sodium, not calcium. Don't know why in the heck I put calcium.:eek:
 

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Yes she was vomiting 3 weeks ago but stopped a couple days later. Dhiarrhea for at least a week probably longer but that's when I noticed it(before she got sick she was solely outdoors) vet thought it was a intestinal blockage and wanted $9000 upfront to do a surgery that she might not live through. We are heartbroken but can't afford that. We gave her mineral oil and she started getting some energy and wanting to eat very small amounts for a couple days but has gotten worse today and not eaten anything solid for 3 days. We have a homemade bone broth, before we could get it made we bought one from the store but made sure it was the best option sodium wise and no added onion and such. Today She is skin and bones and too weak to go outside for long but just yesterday she was up and out walking the property with our other dog for a couple hours
 

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i didn't think so but our vet made it sound like she was in a lot of discomfort. She doesn't show or make any sounds or signs though.
 

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You're getting some really good advice on the other thread. The only two things I think it would be helpful to add are; avoid reading too much about the condition on the internet, you'll frighten yourself, and definitely see another vet. If nothing else they may be able to provide her with pain relief and help you make difficult decisions. It's crap that the last didn't provide you with that support or advise seeking said support.
 
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