Won't eat

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Shalista
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Won't eat

Post by Shalista » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:16 pm

So my sister has the new chihuahua. 2 years old, ish. about a pound or two underweight(which is a HUGE deal when you only weight 3 pounds to start). (you can clearly see ribs and her waist is tiny and her limbs are skeletal) our problem is trying to get her to eat. she flat wont.

things we've tried and she's turned her nose up at:
Cat food mixed with wet food
Ki's kibble
her old food (we dont know what kind it is and it's like three dif colored pieces, red, brown, and yellow. she will SOMETIMES eat the yellow pieces.)
boiled chicken and rice
hamburger (cooked)(she ate some and now she wont eat anymore)
Hamburger (cooked) with water (she was dehydrated)

things she'll eat:
Corn chips? apparently she devoured a bunch of corn chips like she was starving.

She does have worms. she got a dewormer pill to crush up and put on her food but we crushed the pill on some hamburger and.... she didnt eat it.

Thoughts? recommendations? i was willing to give her some of bax's food but if she doesnt even want boiled chicken and rice i doubt she'll jump at some raw.

i know for humans they say if you dont have any appetite to cook up garlic... is there any equivalent for that in the dog world?
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Re: Won't eat

Post by JudyN » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:35 am

Has she been checked by a vet? Is she drinking? If she might still be dehydrated she needs to see a vet sooner rather than later. Though I'd want to get her checked regardless.

You could try chicken broth - boil up a chicken carcasse in water for an hourish, strain it, and give her the water. The bones will have to be binned, but if she likes the broth she might then be tempted by the boiled meat.
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Re: Won't eat

Post by JudyN » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:38 am

Oh, also - it could be simply stress. I don't suppose there's any way of explaining to your sister that she's contributing to this by the way she's treating her and she needs to back right off for now.
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Re: Won't eat

Post by Shalista » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:12 am

yeah shes been to the vet and they said that shes very underweight and most likely has worms, hence the pill :?

would locking her in a room by herself to eat increase or decrease the stress? she's already pretty possessive of my sis so i'm thinking being separated might increase it.....
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Re: Won't eat

Post by Erica » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:08 am

I would try leaving her alone, or putting her food somewhere like a covered crate (open) where she can be in the same room as your sister but your sister can't see her. Sister should leave her alone, read a book or get on the computer or something, and not try to encourage her to eat.

Maybe try mixing some corn chips into something and see if that helps?
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