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Pet Not Eating? Do This

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    New Hampshire

    Pet Not Eating? Do This

    What is Inappetance?

    This can be a decrease in appetite, or it can be that your dog or cat completely stops eating. If this has persisted, then your pet may be lethargic, weak – although you should not wait this long for clinical signs to appear.

    The causes are varied. They can include a sore tooth, to an abscess, to cancer. The important thing here is to get your dog or cat eating again before a 24 hour period of anorexia causes further illness. This is especially important for cats who can develop a condition called ‘Fatty Liver’ if they go for 48 hours or more without eating.

    What to do

    SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is very lethargic, not eating or drinking, and becoming dehydrated then see your veterinarian immediately. Ideally you are treating your dog or cat for anorexia before they completely stop eating or drinking. Your veterinarian will perform additional diagnostic tests, and this may lead to force feeding your pet, or even placing in some type of feeding tube.

    WARM IT UP, AND ADD FLAVOR. Dogs and sick cats often have a poorer sense of smell. I have had good luck getting them to eat by warming up the canned food, then making it a little more tasty by adding garlic powder, or beef or chicken oxo cubes.

    CATNIP. Appetite stimulant. In these cases you are just trying to get your dog or cat to start eating, regardless of the underlying cause. For cats, I have had luck using a the catnip herb – I have given it as a tincture to anorexic cats and had them eating soon.

    CHAMOMILE OR PEPPERMINT. There are anti-vomiting herbs which can be given as a tea – at the very least this can re-hydrate your dog or cat. You can make a herbal tea of either herb – give 1 tablespoon per 10 lbs every 4-6 hours.

    ALFALFA. For general anorexia not linked to any underlying cause, look at homeopathic alfalfa – you can give one 30C tab per 20 lbs 4 times daily.

    ARSENICUM. This is a homeopathic that works well for gastroenteritis ( garbage gut). I give it at 1 30C tab per 10lbs every 2-4 hours

    PEPCID. This is an antacid, and the drug name is famotidine. It works well in dogs and cats, being especially helpful for decreasing acid production, making your pet feel better. Often used for cats with chronic renal failure, when they become ill from elevated urea/creatinine. The pepcid dose is .5mg/kg every 12 hours. So a 10lb dog or cat could get 2.5mg (1/4 of a 10mg tab) every 12 hours.

    This is new- it is used in people


    Dronabinole, sold as Marinole, is the synthetic version of cannabis, the main substance found in marijuana. Donabinole, like cannabis, can increase appetite and also decreases nausea and vomiting, which makes it helpful for use in cancer patients. In one study of patients undergoing chemotherapy reported by the University of New Mexico, Marinole improved appetite by 38 percent, compared to 8 percent of patients given placebos. Unlike marijuana, Marinole is approved for use in cancer treatment by the Food and Drug Administration.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    PA USA
    Since Roscoe has been ill I've bought low salt turkey breast and sprinkle it in his dry food and that has been working. I've trying chicken and turkey baby food, plain boiled chicken and rice...ANYTHING to get him to eat. When this article mentions garlic powder I always thought that was harmful to dogs and cats...has that changed?
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  3. #3
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    Mar 2014
    New Hampshire
    maybe just a tiny bit to make it smell won't hurt them. But with your roscoe I'd give him whatever he wants. He has to eat so whatever works I say go with it.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    I would never give garlic or onions or things with their flavor to my dogs. I've had dogs for 12 years and there is only one reason in all that time that they have occasionally stopped eating: Always they had a FEVER due to some infection or physical injury. The vet gives them a fever-reducer and antibiotic (if it's an infection) and presto, they are eating again in a couple hours as soon the fever goes down.

    People need to understand that there are hordes and hordes of people on the Internet all over the planet who do not make any money on their website unless they push information. Eat this. Don't eat this. Do this. Don't do that. Do this to your pet. Don't do that to your pet. The article above is a good example. None of that has applied in the twelve years I have had multiple dogs. It's just people pushing information and telling you what to do and not do because they want you to read and use their website. Now we're suggesting giving garlic to dogs?????!!!!!!!

    The first thing I do when I see these sort of lists is ignore them for the harmful manipulation of people that they usually are.

    ARSENICUM on that list is made from ARSENIC for gawd's sake!

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