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Old 03-29-2014, 11:47 AM
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Default Ideas on how to get nishka to eat

We finally got Nishka back from the Dr. office and are suppose to be giving her 2 shots daily at 11 units each but we cant get her to eat the food that the Vet told us to buy it is a Hills brand, Prescription diet, W/D Low fat Glucose Management Gastrointestinal Nishka has ae been really picky about her food she has never been regulated we always kept food she ate when she wanted. does any one have any suggestions on how to get her to eat? my wife dumped a little bacon grease just a smidge and she ate but she ate nothing this morning..and we cant get her to even look at food? worried,, what about cooking some hamburger or somthing to add?
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:24 PM
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What did she eat previously? It may be something she could continue to eat. The prescription food is not a requirement by any means especially if she won't eat it. If it is going to be a battle and you will have to coax her to eat it, find something she likes. I would look for a food with moderate protein, low to moderate fat and low to moderate carbs. Diabetics typically need a carb of some kind to keep their blood sugar steady and so their insulin doesn't get used up too quickly. There are many different types and brands used by people here. I would look for something you can buy locally and if possible, I would avoid most of the grocery store brands. If you have a petco or petsmart or a local independent pet store, you can find tons of choices.

My dog refused the prescription food. I tried everything to make it appetizing but she is quite stubborn. You can try for now to top it with something hopefully rather than bacon grease - I know you were just desperately trying things to get her to eat. You could always go get get some chicken breasts and boil them - use the broth to soak the dry food and top it with the boiled chicken.
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:24 PM
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a lot of dogs won't eat the WD. My vet said the most important thing is to get them to eat. period.

Some people put some boiled chicken in with the food.

Otherwise, shoot for low fat high fiber and try other foods. The dogs on this forum eat a zillion different things.

Another starting rule of thumb we use is if they won't eat anything, give about 1/4 of the normal dose. If they eat about half the food give 1/2 and so on.

hang in there. My Jenny has eaten 5 or 6 different things since we started this diabetes treatment. We adjust the insulin accordingly and life goes on.

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Old 03-29-2014, 03:53 PM
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I never fed forbin prescription food. I kept him eating his blue buffalo. It's best to find a food he likes before you get too far into regulating or you'll have to make changes
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:39 PM
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Thank you for responding.. we got some chicken brest and gonna try that, she still has not eatin today, she just lays around dosent wanna move and turns her face at the dog dish. what about just chopping up the chicken and adding the moist food slowly. we were told that she ate the soft food and the vet sold us 12 cans.. ill get to petco and try to investigate. she pants alot as if she has gone on a walk or somthin.. I sure miss the ole her hope things change..
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:41 PM
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once blood sugar is better regulated they usually get back to there old self

its hard in the beginning. i barely recognized jesse
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:39 PM
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like Jesse girl said, it should get better. when they feel crummy they are lethargic but when their sugar gets regulated, they are their old selves.

Since Jenny had pancreatitis I've been feeding her chicken and wild rice and green beans cooked in the crock pot. she loves it. so no, I don't think cut up chicken will hurt at all.
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Like yourself i also have a siberian, whom is a picky eater. Mine also does not like the Hills stuff. Cooked chicken and other cooked meats that are warm and fresh seem to satisfy mine when she has a weak appetite. My Siberian seems to like the raw diet the best compared to all the high end dog foods i have tried so im doing a mix of that and some dry food for now.

If there is something else going on, you might want to ask your vet about SQ fluids or an anti nausea medicine to promote eating.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:14 PM
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Ughhhhh!!!!! Just cant get her to eat..... dont understand ever since we took her to the vet she stopped eating. she eats a piece or two of chicken breast and then try to bury it cute but not good. i have tried every thing she shrugs her nose and looks away and pretends that i dont see her.. LOL What can i do.....????
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Have you tried draining the juice from canned tuna packed in water over the food? Crumble pounce cat treats over the food? Mix in non - fat cottage cheese or non fat yogurt? Just tossing out ideas others have recommended over time.

My boy would eat anything that didn't try to eat him first. My non -diabetic boy is selective but that's only because he thinks he's human and that he should be fed accordingly - LOL!

Hoping the appetite returns soon.
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