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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
It sounds like Athena is living up to her name and has been through quite a big in such a short period of time!
First, you may want to add in an antacid for a short period of time to help with an upset stomach if she is showing indications of vomiting
If the vomiting continues definitely a veterinary exam is warranted
Is she eating the food with the cooked ground meat within the diet?
Yes she has. My vet thinks she may hav been a puppy mill brood bitch.
It sounds like it is a possibility with that history
She picks th e dry food out of the ground meat. If I put water in it she just walks away.
How about exercise? Does she get a daily walk? If so, how far and at what pace?
I feel that just meat is too rich for her. So I am wondering if I should suspend the dry food and put veggies into the meat.
You can definitely do a homemade diet but it will need to include more than just meat and veggies
There is a great book called Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
You can purchase a used version on amazon and it will help you create a well-balanced homemade diet for her
She does walk daily but not too far as I am recovering from double knee replaement but I some time let her off the lease for fast trot. She responses well to the comand of Come.
Sounds like just up my line. I eat only homegrown or certified non GMO and organic.
Yes, I had to feed a homemade diet and it can be overwhelming
The book is quite helpful
I will check that out but is there anything beside antiacid I can do immediately?
Walking is so important in the grand scheme of things because if you think about it dogs are nomads and the best way to "build" an appetite is to get her moving and active. It also helps promote gi health because it causes gi motility as well...
If she is vomiting the best thing you can do is wait 12 hours and then try small frequent meals to test her stomach. For example, 1 tbsp hourly for a few hours then increase the quantity while reducing the frequency
The hardest thing to do in this situation is to do nothing because our instinct is to treat to feel better
For a 22 pound dog it would be pepcid 10 mg (1/2 tablet) every 12 hours or prilosec 20 mg (1/2 tablet) daily
Do this about 15 minutes prior to meals. If her reduced appetite is due to any upset stomach or nausea this should help
Ok she is 18 lbs so I can go from there. I think you have helped me a lot to go forward with her.
Great! Can I assist with any additional questions today?
I hope you feel better soon as well by the way!
The paws of her front feet look like they have been melted and a couple of the pads have a side ways tear drop shape but her nails on those toes curl down onto the pointed end of the pad. Should I have her nails cuts?
Ok I will do that immediately.
I would recommend cutting the nails every few weeks because likely the quick is very long on her and cutting them more frequently will cause the quick to recede
So for a few months every 2 week nail trims and the nails should be able to be trimmed shorter and shorter to help her get more comfortable
How else can I assist you both today?
I think I have my questions answered. Thank you very much,
You are welcome
It sounds like you are doing a lot for Athena, she is a very lucky girl!
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Thankk you and she has responded to it also. I tell her that we are just two old broads having a good time in life.