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Hi 8yr old anemic sheltie won't eat

Penny Brown
January 29th, 2006, 11:19 AM
:ca: Hi , this is my first post. Hope someone can help. My dog "Mac" is an 8 yr old sheltie. He is under a vets care but we can't get him to eat much. I have tried everything from canned food, cottage cheese, eggs, homemade treats with cheese, peanut butter or oatmeal. The only thing he wants is hamburger. We make a meat popsicle. Lean hamburger shaped like a sausage then frozen [ so he has to chew it ]. He won't even eat a raw soup bone.He only likes his green coloured treats. He has lost 20 lbs. He weighs approx. 24lbs now. The vet had him on prednazone for a skin condition for 2 wks, he has been off for 2 wks. He had some blood work but his blood was to thin to get much.He has had 4 shots of Vit. B6 and is getting vitamins every day. I am running out of ideas. I tried hamburger mixed with lots of healthy stuff [recipe off internet] made to gain weight. Has some dog food in it and he won't touch it. This all started approx. around oct 2006. Thanks for listening and I will take any advise or ideas I can get.

January 29th, 2006, 11:37 AM
I've never met a dog who can resist liver. Try shish-kebobing over a BBQ or frying up a bunch of chicken or beef liver and steamed, chopped spinach with brown rice - if you can use a cast-iron pan all the better. If you are able to get organic meats even better. Sear the livers only - you want them juicy on the inside. If your dog picks the liver out of the rice and spinach throw the whole kit and kaboodle in a food processor/blender. My dogs won't stay out of the kitchen for love nor money when I make liver and it's pretty much gone before their bowls hit the table.

Penny Brown
January 29th, 2006, 02:41 PM
I have tried turkey liver but he wouldn't eat it, I've tried the food processor and no go. Baby food turkey with rice , he picked at it and left the rice. anyone know why he is being so fussy as to what he will eat . If he is so hungry why not eat whatever he can get. He has never had table food. He was on the smae dog food for 8 years and never a problem. He of course got lots of treats, but if it is dog food is any shape or form he won't touch it. :confused: Thanks again for trying.

January 29th, 2006, 05:52 PM
If he will eat hamburger try mixing pureed beef liver (it has a stronger taste than chicken or turkey) in with the hamburger. I'm not sure I understand why you're freezing it to make him chew- it's not going to scrape off any remarkable amounts of tartar if that's what you're thinking - and I imagine his mouth must get awfully cold from eating frozen food. Has your vet looked inside his mouth to make sure this isn't a tooth/ gums/ tongue / palate problem? With regard to the weight loss, have you discussed the amount you are feeding him? If he is losing weight either he is not getting enough food or he is not processing it adequately. Many dogs will thrive on one source of protein so I wouldn't worry about a beef-only diet. Have you thought about trying an elimination process (ie. trying / eliminating wheat, soy, corn, potatoes, carrots...) and working your way into establishing foods he will eat? I'm wondering about allergies since you've mentioned a skin condition. When you say he was given treats - is it only the green ones (do you mean "Greenies" ?) he was given or that he was given all sorts of treats and he will only eat the green ones now? And finally, I'm not clear as to why you would mix processed dog food in with a homemade meal.

Penny Brown
January 29th, 2006, 06:58 PM
I freeze his hamburger so he doesnt gulp it down and he likes ice cubes so we thought this would work. The treat are milk bones. The recipe called for ground dog food, so we thought we would try. We give hime lots and he just leaves it. If we do find something he likes if we feed him to much he throws up.and he seems to stop eat that particular thing the next day or so. The vet figures his skin condition is from poor breeding some where down the line. Right now I have canned food in a bowl and hamburger with peas and carrots in another and he won't touch them .We'll just keep trying thanks/

January 30th, 2006, 05:57 AM

This site has alot of good info and recipes on it, hope one of them helps.

January 30th, 2006, 11:59 AM
Have you ever tried Merrick canned food? It might have more dense flavors geared to pleasing dogs and their ingredients are at the top of the canned foods.

Penny Brown
February 1st, 2006, 10:00 AM
I have tried canned food. He ate it for about two weeks now won't touch it. I can get him to eat a few things this past week but it is a never ending job as to what to give because he eats it one day and never again. I will keep plugging away. Thanks. :rolleyes:

February 1st, 2006, 10:23 AM
I am sorry about this. What are they doing exactly for the anemia, what kind is it. A friend of mine just lost her 1 1/2 year old rottie to anemia. It seems they do not do as well as we humans do. Have they tried a blood transfusion yet. Read this forum....See if your poor dog has anything in common