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How long can a dog go without eating Our dog has gone 5 days

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How long can a dog go without eating? Our dog has gone 5 days without eating any thing. Had her to Vet yesterday and she ran all kinds of test. her HCT was 23.01 and WBC 18 . They also ran canine autoimmune profile ,the results won't be back until monday. She is 5 years old and has had black stools for a week. They gave her subcutaneous fluids yesterday and ampicillin injection. If she is having an abdominal bleed will this help .
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  ask_me replied 7 years ago.


I'm sorry to hear that your girl is having this issue. The dark stool she is having goes hand in hand iwth the abdominal bleed. This is called melena and more can be read here: As to how long a dog can survive without food, this depends largely on their condition. Fluids are very important, arguably more so than food (as dogs will dehydrate more quickly than one would face starvation). If she will drink, you can try to offer chicken broth without onions as this is a way to get some calories in her. There is also an over the counter supplimnet called Nutri Cal (most pet supply chains carry it) that you can put on her gums. Chicken baby food without onions may also be well tolerated. I hope she's doing better from this soon.

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