Additional input - behavioral issue?
I have a Portuguese Water dog
Mix. Mother > PWD, Father > Huskie / Collie
She just turned 14 years old. A biopsy from a year ago showed her lower colon showed mild disease. She just recovered from massive diarrhea of 4 long days. Our vet has suggested that we narrowly focus here food input. I agreed with this decision. We decided to go with fresh salmon grilled, mixed with Nature Balance Synergy. This means that she no longer will be getting any of the high end treats
that I usually gave her.
When it came to her first meal, she was so hungry. I started out with small portions of grilled salmon (which she has always loved) and devoured it. The following three days I added the hard food which she ate without issue. Her bowel movements continually improved. Today was her 1st "perfect" bowel movement.
Low and behold, I give her her breakfast with the kibble
and salmon. She sniffed it and walked away. I work from home. She is constantly nudging me for food. I admit I am somewhat a weakling when it comes to her demands. Clearly, I realize that I have enabled her to know that she can get what she wants from me, since she has received this treatment for the last 8 years.
How long do I let her go without eating? Being a person that has IBS, I know how important it is to eat at regular intervals so that I don't PO my GI tract.