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Hello this is dr. Reupert . I'm sorry to hear about your trouble getting this little guy to eat . it's a common problem in small breeds and sometimes challenging to fix . I would like to ask you some questions . how old is he ? how much does he weigh ? does he have any other problems other than constipation and loss of appetite ? has he had a blood profile done in the last year ? Please write me back
I just noticed that he is 2 yrs old. How long has his appetite been poor?
Thanks for the info that's going to help me some . Many dogs will become picky about the food they will eat . I would try to gradually expose him to a more balanced diet . Start by adding a small amount of a cooked rice to some fried hamburger . Keep increasing the amount of rice until you get to about a third of the volume of the hamburger . Make these changes slowly and possibly add a little Parmesan cheese to increase the palatability . To help with the constipation I would start adding a half to a third of a teaspoon of Metamucil unflavored to the hamburger rice mixture . This has no taste what does provide fiber . You should also be giving a multi-vitamin mineral supplement, but this may cause him to not want to eat it . You can cook a homemade diet for him but I think it will be gradual shift from the all meat diet that he is on right now . You should also add about a teaspoon or two of cottage cheese to provide a calcium source to this homemade diet . Again this needs to be gradual as he may reject anything that isn't meat.
You could also experiment with cat food. It meets or exceeds all of the canine requirements, and many dogs find it more palatable
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