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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.

Dianne MacFie
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
German Shepherd
Date of Birth:
October 20, 1990
Date of Death
March 11, 2003
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
black and tan
Eye Colour:
deep brown

My Baby Girl, Duchess, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on March 11th, 2003.  She was my faithful companion from the time she was five weeks old until her passing on March 11th, 2003 at the age of 12 and a half.  I work at home and she would lay by my side, nudge me when the phone rang, bark when the mail came through the slot, and stand by my side to protect me if someone happened to come to the door.  She had had severe joint degeneration since the age of four, but you would never know it, until the last year of her life, when she started having trouble getting up, laying down, and just walking.  But she never complained.  She still tried to follow me everywhere.  Her favourite game was "Red ball, green ball," where I would throw two balls, one red and one green, and tell her which one to bring back to me.  She got it right every time.  She wasn't able to play her favourite game the last few years of her life, so when she was leaving me I whispered in her ear, "Run and play, Baby Girl, run and play...Red ball, green ball," and then, in that moment, she crossed over Rainbow Bridge.  I will forever love you, Baby Girl, and we'll play together again some day.  Be a good girl.  Love and miss you...your Mom.

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