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Sick Dogs and Cats that won’t Eat – Pet Tip 252

We all know how important nutrition is to good health. Food gives us fuel for energy and allows us to do things that we usually take for granted. The same goes for animals. However, when an animal is sick, or is in the hospital, it can often be very tricky to get them to eat properly. The term “anorexia” means that an animal is inappetent, uninterested in food, and has stopped eating. It is very important to keep the calories up in a sick patient since this is the time they need them the most. Nutritionists have calculated formulas for energy requirements for different sized animals that are healthy.

Heather Little
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Date of Birth:
March, 1988
Date of Death
February 26, 2004
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Sammy was adopted from the SPCA at the age of two.  His previous owners hadn't trained him and hadn't treated him very well.  He had a lot of behaviour issues, but with a lot of TLC and patience, he learned to trust his new family and became a loving and loyal companion.  As he got older, Sammy's hearing and eyesight failed and he suffered painful arthritis which was eased for a time with medication.  There comes a time when a pet owner has to make a difficult decision.  Sammy had started to become incontinent and show signs of dementia.  The arthritis caused him great difficulty even sitting or laying down.  He needed to be carried a lot.  It finally became apparent that his days were becoming more painful and his suffering too great.  Sammy is survived by Heather, Rick, Cole and Carly, among other close friends and family.  Sammy... you'll be missed a lot, you were a very special dog and a well-loved member of this household.

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