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He's a 2year old Golden retriever mainly on a diet of Black…

He's a 2year old...

He's a 2year old Golden retriever mainly on a diet of Black Hawk pellets (salmon based) which he's loved until Sunday night. He ate some dog biscuits this morning and yesterday ran and swam but will not eat the pellets?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?

Sherlock and 2 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sherlock?

Not that I'm aware of.

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Dr. Altman
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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

If the above is effective then slow return (over 3-5 days) to normal diet should be fine but again if there is no change please consider a veterinary visit to determine why Sherlock is not eating well.

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

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You are very welcome

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That is good to hear that Sherlock is eating for you again, thank you for the update :)

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