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> How Do I Get My Elderly Dog To Put Weight On?, She's gradually eating less and losing weight.
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post 29th Dec 2017, 10:04 pm
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I have a really elderly JRT, possibly 18 plus (she was supposedly 9 when I got her 12 years ago). She's eating less dog food than normal and I'd like to get a little more weight on her. She had teeth removed 9 months ago and what's left are fine. She's on James Wellbeloved with Burns meat and a little water to soften the food. She's just picking at it so I'm wondering if I take her off it altogether. The Burns meat is a complete food so I tried her with that on its own and she had maybe a tablespoon and a half. Ended up giving her a quarter of a chicken breast which she was delighted at.

As I said, she's relatively ancient, her teeth are fine, she's been wormed, her bloodwork came back good and she gets so unbelievably stressed at the vets I'm loathed to have her poked and prodded at too much. She's a little quieter on walks, more prone to accidents indoors and is sleeping in late so whatever time is left I want her to eat well and enjoy. Diet wise what can I do? Should I try the Burns dog meat supplemented with chicken?

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post 29th Dec 2017, 10:25 pm
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What a fabulous age smile.gif I would be inclined to feed her whatever she enjoys so, if chicken is her thing, maybe she would eat some mixed with her regular food?

Also maybe more frequent, smaller meals.

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post 30th Dec 2017, 3:51 am
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What an amazing age! I have two Jack Russells one is 13 the other 9 and can only hope they live as long wub.gif I know you dont want to take her to the vets but if the weeing indoors is a new thing could she maybe have a little water infection? Perhaps try to get a sample of her wee and take it to the vets without her? Otherwise as kimw says just feed her anything that you know she likes wub.gif
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post 30th Dec 2017, 8:56 am
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I use a small amount of Pure dog food on top of the dried food my lot get. It's dehydrated so just mix what I need, let it sit for about 15 mins then use, no having to cook chicken as I had been doing. Variety of flavours and smells good. I buy it direct as they always have offers on but pets at home do sell it.

What a great age.
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post 30th Dec 2017, 9:29 am
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Thank you! She's barely touching the biscuit mix nowbut wolfing the chicken and meat so will try that. Might add some pasta or rice too! When we got her she had been a terrible cruelty case and I thought we would only have her a year or two! But 12 years later we are still here! And the puppy she was company for is now an old granny too! lol.gif
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post 30th Dec 2017, 9:34 am
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My last oldie ended up eating tinned Chappie and tinned rice pudding, the previous one preferred fresh tripe, packets of ham and ginger biscuits, when I know that the end is approaching I let them have whatever they want. What an incredible age.....xx
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post 30th Dec 2017, 3:03 pm
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Is she on any painkillers? At her age I would be amazed if there wasn't arthritis at play and the symptoms you describe sound like a dog that is hurting. If she is on something then it may be worth talking to the vet about increasing the dose or reviewing, possibly trying something else.
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post 30th Dec 2017, 3:33 pm
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She's not on anything pain med wise (up until Very recently her daily walk was 2 miles) I've booked the vets for a week today so will see what he says!
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post 31st Dec 2017, 11:30 am
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Before I switched to raw feeding all my oldies went on to tinned Chappie.

If that failed I would go back to the old fashioned puppy feeding( showing my age) of boiled chicken, boiled fish ( fish fingers are handy), rice pudding, mince, scrambled eggs, baby porridge.
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post 31st Dec 2017, 7:09 pm
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We tried rice chicken and a tiny bit of milk and she finished it! Plus switched from 2 to 3 meals a day. She's drinking a bit more than normal though so we will keep the vets appointment. Lord help him - he's no idea what he's in for!
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post 31st Dec 2017, 7:29 pm
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Measure out and keep a record of her water consumption over 24 hours.

Your vet can then compare that with how much she should on average drink.

Take a urine sample with you.

Your vet can check for infection or diluted urine.

It will save you having to do these afterwards.
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post 5th Jan 2018, 11:55 am
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Unfortunately the blood tests showed she had advanced kidney failure and we had to put her to sleep. I'm absolutely broken hearted. Don't know what I'm going to do without her. X
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post 5th Jan 2018, 12:06 pm
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I'm so terribly sorry sad.gif

Nothing I can say will help at the moment, but I'm sending virtual hugs hug.gif

How lucky she was to have someone who cared so very much.
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post 5th Jan 2018, 12:18 pm
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So sorry. hug.gif But how lucky she was to find you. wub.gif

Rest peacefully, little one. Those who love and miss you are in my thoughts. hug.gif
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post 5th Jan 2018, 2:11 pm
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So sorry to hear the news wasn't better. She had 12 wonderful years with you and it doesn't sound like she was suffering so I hope you can take comfort in that. Never easy to lose them though hug.gif
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