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Old 05-20-2016, 02:05 AM   #1
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my dog is 16 +- and has been in congestive heart failure for almost 3 years. She's been increasingly picky for the last few months. liking one brand or style of dog food for a bit and then turning her nose up. In the past month or so, she has rejected any regular dog food, so ive been making her food. nothing but eggs for 2 weeks, then chicken, now beef. im running out of food ideas. she only likes something for a week! suggestions?

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Old 05-20-2016, 04:26 AM   #2
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Hi Jenkorn and welcome to Df Sorry to hear about your dog's illness never heard of it before. Also sorry to hear that your dog is picky. Don't agree with 2 weeks of eggs very high in cholosterel and fat and certainly won't help your dogs heart problems! I know it's not easy I too have a very picky stubborn eater but have now got my dog back on track. She has Dr Johns dry dog food and I get some batton carrots and get 4 or 5 out and put them in a microwavable dish with a desert spoon of water and for 1:30 so done in no time get them out rub one on the bottom of her bowl put the kibble in her bowl and the rest of the batton carrots that have been microwaved and pour the water that they have been cooked on on top of the kibble (desert spoon)
and she wolfs it down. When I run out of carrots tough love is used and a healthy dog won't starve.

I know in your case it's different have you talked to your vet about any suggestions they may have. You could try some dry dog food with a little cooked chicken or lamb or beef on top and mixed in with the dry dog food try alternating them too What's you dog's name and any pics of her!?!! Good luck and let us know how you get on!!
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Thanks for your suggestions. I'm waiting to hear from the vet. In the meantime shrimp it is! High in cholesterol but she has to eat SOMETHING. Her name is Maggie and she is a shepherd corgi mix. I'm on my phone. I can't see where to post her picture?

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Good luck with what the vet suggests but you could try my suggerstions too Re pics on a phone it may work but I have found this forum not very Android friendly but you should be able to copy and paste a pic in to a post good luck
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Welcome to Dog Forum jenkorn! I am sorry your dog is becoming a picky eater now. Has the vet checked her out for cancer? When our 1st dog Lucy got old she would eat dirt and we found out she had 3 different types of cancer.
Maybe it is time to think about other types of options as hard as it may be.
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Welcome Jen, I am sorry to hear you dog is becoming more "selective" about what she will eat. I've had several elderly dogs do the same thing. I did the same as you, cooked and rotated meats mixed with some carrots and other vegetables and sometimes rice and, as well, I kept a supply of baby food in the pantry for those "I give up, I don't know what you want days"--mostly baby food jars of chicken, turkey, beef, and ham. I would also talk to your vet as there are a number of supplements specially for senior dogs that can be added to whatever she will eat.
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Jenkorn, welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about your Maggie's health condition. You have already gotten some good suggestions, so I really don't have much to add. However, one time when we had a very ill cat, there was some medicine the vet gave her to stimulate her appetite. It's been so long ago, don't remember what it was, but you might check with your vet.
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Is Maggie drinking normaly? This may sound cruel but it's not have you tried not giving her any food for 24 hrs this may help but won't harm your dog? And good news there is a appetite stimulant for dogs too in the form of a vaccination so it's worth asking your vet about this too Please keep us updated!
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