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Old 06-07-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Dog My Morkie Puppy Will Not Eat

I have a morkie named Spike, who is 4 1/2 months old and weighs 2 1/2 pounds. I have had him since April 2, and can not get him to eat well. When I first brought him home he was eating Royal Canin dry food and he would eat like 4 or 5 little kibbles at a time and that was it. After a few days he wouldn't eat this at all. I tried [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]prescription[/COLOR][/COLOR] a/d canned food from the vet and it gave him serious [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]diarrhea[/COLOR][/COLOR]. Over the past 2 months I have tried several canned and dry foods. He will eat something once or twice then refuse it.
He has had several seizures, the vet has told us to give him whatever he wants including people food. She said as long as he will eat it, we should give it to him. So, we tried [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]cooking[/COLOR][/COLOR] him beef with rice and [COLOR=green !important][COLOR=green !important]turkey[/COLOR][/COLOR] with vegetables but got the same response (he likes it once and that's it)
I have been giving him Nutri-cal 2-3 times a day since his 1st seizure and he loved that until the past few days I practically have to force it in his mouth.
I do not know what to do and I do not feel like the vet is that helpful (I have been to 3 different vets) so I am looking for anyone who might have advice.
Please share any ideas you have to help me get my little guy to eat. I am very worried about him and don't know what else to do.
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Shoot, I wish I had some advice for you but I'm no expert. The diarrhea could be from rapid diet changes. Normally, when you switch to a new food, you do it gradually. Start out with mostly old food and add a little of the new, then gradually increase the percentage of new. But it sounds like yours really doesn't have an 'old' food that he'd eat.

You might try handfeeding the beef and rice. Sometimes it tastes better when you feed it to them. And continue with the nutrical.

Is his weight dropping?
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Are you handfeeding?

With a pup this small, you may have to give in and keep changing things up for a bit.

When he seizes, is it always related to not eating or does he ever do it at other times?
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I understand your frustration and concern. Have you tried home cooking or anything else besides kibble and/or canned food, e.g. - raw diet?

As of recently I'm also having trouble with my girl eating. She is 6 mos old and weighs about 3.4 lbs. She was on kibble and homecooked meals (mainly steamed chicken breasts and cooked lean beef - a few times I gave her a thinly sliced NY sterloin steak (2 times) and a pieces of a fish fillet sandwich) - that's basically all she would eat. She refused anything else (veggies, fruits, etc.). Well, now it's only getting worse. She won't touch her kibble (I've even tried 4 new types, won't touch canned food - I've tried that also, and is no longer fond of the chicken or cooked lean beef). She does still like the steak (fed that to her today because she wouldn't eat), but it's not something I really want her eating all the time. At this point I'm concerned she is not getting a fully nutritionally balanced diet. Today I tried for the 1st time raw (NV Chicken) and she turned her nose up at it. I don't know what other options I have at this point. She does come sniffing around whenever I'm eating and wants what I have or at least thinks she does - something that may be playing in to her refusing her food since I have given in a few times and hand fed her?
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Yes, all of his seizures I believe are due to low blood sugar except one he had about 2 weeks ago. Even after nutrical and caro it took 45 mins for him to get back to normal. The vet said there may be a liver or brain issue, but wanted to wait to see if the seizures worsened or became more freequent. He hasn't had another one since and it's been 2 weeks.
He is now not really eating anything.
I brought him home on Royal Canin dry food for small breed puppys. He would nibble at it, eating only a few kibbles here and there. He had his first seizure on our 2nd day. I took him into the vet and he said low blood sugar & put him on nutrical. I tried wetting the food and he liked it for a day. Then tried wetting and microwaving and he liked that for a couple days, then he would only eat it if my daughter fed it to him from a spoon, then only when she held him and gave it to him by hand. Then he stopped eating that all together and seized again. Back to vet and he prescribed a canned food called a/d. Spike went nuts over it, but wouldn't eat it mixed with the dry food, only on it's own. After the first day, massive diarreah. So, back to vet who said try other canned food. Ok, we have purchased every canned food at Petsmart and he at most, takes a few licks and refuses. Went to another vet, they gave me Science Diet Dry and Canned and said mix them. Spike chowed the first bowl of it and refused the next one. Kept trying different stuff and old stuff over again and it's getting worse. Then the 45 min seizure. This is when vet said try home cooking for him and give him whatever he wants as long as he eats something. Ok, I have home cooked meals for him and he likes that for a day or so then wants something else. I sometimes have 5-6 bowls of different choices out for him and he is super stubborn. Now, yesterday and this morning, even though he hasn't eaten much of the home cooked food and zero commercial puppy food, he is having trouble going poop. He has to strain and it takes about 10 mins for him to succeed. I think I'll be calling the vet this morning when they open, but, I don't think I will get any helpful answers. I don't know if these vets I've been seeing are used to a puppy his size or something. It's breaking my heart and it's also frustrating. I am clueless as to what to do next.
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Sometimes pure canned pumpkin helps them go, but it really depends why they are not. So you have tried holding pup, putting a small bite in mouth, closing mouth, and waiting for swallow, then repeat, right?

The vet that mentioned the liver and brain may be onto something. Yorkies are picky and then that can lead to hypoglycemia, but when they are really picky, there is a concern that food makes them feel sick. In that case and with seizures (the ones that they get even when eating), the liver needs to be checked.

I would call the vet back and tell them you still can't get him to eat.
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I agree that your little one could have some other issues that might need to be checked.

In the meantime, try using something other than the bowl. Lucy sometimes will eat off a paper plate the very thing she refuses to eat out of her bowl.

When she was a puppy, we would make a game of it . . by me throwing her kibbles on the floor one by one. She would chase one and eat it down and wait for the next.

One last sure fire way I have to get her to eat is to put it in my Westie's bowl. He has to be outside when I do this . . but food she refused to eat in her own bowl; she will eat out of my other dog's bowl.

I have also ground up her kibbles in a coffee grinder and mixed that with some canned food. That worked for a while too.

She also loves a little bit of yogurt on her food or a few cooked carrots - smashed up and mixed in really well.

Some days are better than others as far as her eating goes.

Hope your pup is doing better.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I have tried some already and will try the others. Hopefully my litttle guy will find something he likes and stick to it.
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