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Hate Purina, need to switch

Discussion in 'Commercial Food' started by Tabitha, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Shilohs Mom

    Shilohs Mom Forums Novice

    Mar 29, 2017
    Yes Shiloh has been to the vet several times and he has slot of health issues. His teeth are in terrible shape but I don't want to put him under at his age with his health situations. He has high liver enzymes and his gall bladder has sludge. I have had ultra sounds done. They would like to do a liver biopsy and take him to a specialist. I love him to pieces but I don't have the money for a specialist. I hope you can understand that. I wish I could. Thank you for your help.
  2. JacqueZ

    JacqueZ Forums Enthusiast

    Oct 4, 2012
    Akron, Ohio
    I absolutely understand! And you are doing a wonderful job taking care of your boy! I hope you can get him through this, Honey's only 6 now, but I still worry about the choices I'll have to make when it comes to balancing quality of life with medical treatments to extend it. I would say cook up some chicken and rice and blend it up to basically a soup. It's a good chance if he doesn't have to chew he might be more interested in actually eating. Sending prayers for both of you!
  3. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

    Jul 11, 2015
    I think we all understand - that can be super expensive. That being the case, I would definitely encourage you to try a raw diet. Most dogs will gobble that up no matter what!
  4. Caro

    Caro Moderator

    Jan 14, 2009
    Canberra, Australia
    Honestly at his age I wouldn't be switching to a new brand. Did the vet suggest changing to a different food, maybe a prescription food?

    If he's not eating there are a few things you should try first. As his teeth are bad he may have problems chewing. Try soaking his dry food in warm water for up to 20 minutes to soften it, and look for tinned food in the same brand as an option. Have you tried him on chicken to see if he'll eat that? Boiled chicken and rice or veggies are a good option for a dog not eating to pick their appetite up.

    Sorry I don't agree with switching a 14 year old dog with major health issues onto a raw diet. The increase in pathogen load could harm him.
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  5. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

    Jul 11, 2015
    Ugh, I didn't even think about the pathogen load. Excellent point!!!!!!!

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