|Barked: Sun Nov 10, '13 6:50pm PST |
|It's been three weeks since Tanuk passed away and Talah is in the same boat. She picks at her food where before she ate with gusto. She also tends to carry around her lovey and just pace and whine.
For Talah, she is teeny so losing weight would be very scary. I gave in and have been giving her all kinds of wet food to cover moisture and food needs. I've brought her into the bedroom to sleep in a crate by my side of the bed. I've also taken the opportunity to do a lot of classes and training with her to keep her busy and hopefully keep up an appetite. I have not however coddled her or spoken about Tanuk in her presence. I thoroughly cleaned every surface he ever touched and donated all of his things, this way at least his scent is not fresh and reminding her constantly. I kept his lovey however, and it stays in her bed.
I wouldn't rely on broth because of the high sodium content, especially since she's not drinking much at the moment, that could put a huge strain on her kidneys.
I know she has some special behavioral needs, but are there any classes or activities you could do with her to boost her confidence and keep her more occupied? Nose work comes to mind. Would it be possible to feed her with your other dog or another pet around? I've found that nothing picks up an appetite like competition. As for what to feed, would she accept some kind of really stinky wet food or maybe even a raw meaty bone?
I hope some of that might help a bit.
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