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My dog won't eat. We got him to eat a little chicken today

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Hello my dog won't eat. We got him to eat a little chicken today and tiny amount of yogurt yesterday. He is basically not eating. He is losing weight. He has lost a lot already. What can I do to make him better
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Merlin and he is 7
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Merlin?
Customer: He has had a little water each day. We just moved from Texas to Michigan. He was sharing a crest with my other dig, but only for a few hours here or there. It's been three days he has been like this
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 days ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 days ago.

I am so sorry to hear your dog is having such difficulties recently with appetite.

- Begin pepcid 0.25 mg / pound every 12 hours to help settle the stomach 15 minutes prior to offering small more frequent meals
- Foods to try: boiled lean meat such as bison and white rice. Bison has a more "gamey" odor and dogs tend to be more interested when this is offered. Other options include jarred baby foods meat varieties (try several types to see if there is one preferred, often it is pork for some reason that dogs are interested in), rotisserie chicken, even canned kitten foods have a strong odor and can increase interest in food

- Try to avoid the more acidic foods if possible

- Simethicone (gas x) once to twice daily to reduce gas production and cramping if you note any issues with this

Hopefully this will give you some ideas of things to try today and increase the appetite. I would advise discussing with your vet possible causes of the reduced appetite and your vet will likely dispense an anti nausea medication +/- an appetite stimulant to increase interest in eating again if possible

Please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I truly hope your dog starts eating for you soon

If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION at the top of your screen (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 days ago.

I am sorry I cannot help with a phone call. The states/province I am licensed in do not allow me to communicate via phone calls, unless I have previously physically examined a pet. I could lose my license for doing so. If you would like I can opt out and see if there is another veterinarian that can make calls.

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 days ago.

Is there anything else I can do for you this evening? I am online another 30 minutes tonight to assist you both

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 9 days ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on Merlin to see how he is doing? Were you able to get him to eat? I would love an update when you are able...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 days ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Altman