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Exclusive Foods to feed a sick Dog with no Appetite

When your dog is sick she may lose her appetite, however, not eating for more than a day or two can cause other illnesses that could become life-threatening. Therefore, it is important you take your dog to a veterinarian for examination and recommendation of the most appropriate foods that your dog can eat quite easily.

A sick dog may need a special diet or additional supplements while recuperating. However, if your dog is sick and is not eating at all for a few days, you will need to tempt your dog into eating by giving him tasty foods with strong aroma, such as, Beef broth, broiled chicken or turkey on white rice.  Here are the details of exclusive foods to feed a sick dog with no appetite:

1.      Goats Milk

Most dog breeds are lactose intolerant and usually react to cow’s milk. So try goat’s milk. You can also buy powered goat milk. Many good brands are available and they contain probiotic bacteria and digestive enzymes that are especially great for dogs on antibiotic medications.

2.      Chicken Broth

Chicken broth is a thin, clear liquid made by simmering raw chicken, white meat in water. It is good for dogs that are dehydrated or having diarrhea or sick dogs with no appetite. To make a nutritious and delicious chicken broth; fill a crock-pot with beef marrow bones or bones with plenty of joints, like turkey and chicken legs. Cover the bones with 2-3 inches of water, cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours. Let the broth cool for at least 30 minutes in the fridge to let the fat form a hardened layer at the top. Scoop it off and store the jelly-like broth in the refrigerator.

3.      Pumpkins

Pumpkin is high in fiber an important component that helps to regulate canine digestive systems. Cooked, peeled, unsalted and unseasoned pumpkin contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, thiamine, magnesium, folate, niacin, iron, phosphorus, dietary fiber, vitamin A, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, copper, vitamin C and thiamin. These mineral elements help to support the immune system of your dog.

Due to numerous health benefits that pumpkin possesses, you need to regularly add pumpkin to your dog’s meal. Canned pumpkin is a good alternative to preparing pumpkin yourself at home. With canned pumpkin you will only need 2 to 6 tablespoons of pumpkin, depending on the size of your dog.

4.       Wet Kibble

You will need to feed your dog wet foods. Majority of dogs when sick do not find dry foods appetizing because, they cause pain, irritate the throat, hurt the teeth and gums. Therefore, if you want to feed your dog with kibbles, try to mix it with broth, beef bouillon, tomato soup or tomato juice so as to make it easy to eat and ingest into the stomach.

5.       Bone Broth

Bone broth is delicious and nutrient-dense. Vitamin C and Vitamins B in bone broth are beneficial to the skin and fur. Vitamin C helps your canine produce collagen, which is a vital protein for healthy skin, claws and fur.  Sometimes dogs get sick due to dehydration from not drinking for days.  You can add some unflavored Pedialyte to your dog’s water bowel to replenish lost salts and electrolytes.

6.       Feed it Bland Food

For dog with lack of appetite, nausea or diarrhea, foods with lots of fats can make these symptoms worse. Therefore you need to avoid giving your dog fatty foods, instead, feed her boiled chicken, cream of wheat, oatmeal or vegetables like mashed sweet potato, hamburger meat, tuna, canned pet food or carrot stick.

7.       Consult a Vet on Special Diets for Dogs

Talk to your vet about a special diet you need to give your sick dog. If your dog is not eating at all, or taking in small amounts of food or is showing any other symptom, explain it to your vet. Depending on the nature of your dog’s problem, your vet will ultimately prescribe the most appropriate nutritious, delicious and energy-dense foods that will best soot your dog’s health condition.

As a dog owner, it is also important to note that, if you dog is not eating normally or showing signs of lack of appetite, you need not to wait for more than 3 days before seeking veterinary care.  The faster treatment is given, the better the chances of a successful outcome for your dog.

Easy Ways to Get a sick Dog to Eat

Just like humans, dogs too find it difficult to eat when they are sick. In this regard they may require special ways of engagement in order to encourage them to eat at least small portion of the food to ensure their body gets nutrition and calories that will be helpful through the healing process. Here are simple ways to get a sick dog to eat without a struggle.

Do not Force the Dog to Eat

It is indeed frustrating when your dog refuses food, however, venting your feelings will do nothing to help the dog’s appetite. It is normally advisable not force your dog to eat. Forcing your dog to eat, can make the dog to feel nauseous and might vomit the food in case she eats. Just let the dog to do what’s generally natural, a dog not eating for up to 24 hours is no cause for concern. Be patient and gentle with your dog. The most important thing while dealing with a dog that has refused to eat is patience.

Introduce Food Slowly

If you are introducing a new food type to the dog, do not make it happen abruptly, instead introduce the food slowly as you phase out the old one over a period of 2 weeks. Pay a close attention to the dog in order to make sure that the dog is happy with the new food and that the food is not causing her any problem.

Try to feed her at roughly the same time each day

Try feeding your dog in a different room other than the one she normally eats from and also try to feed her at roughly the same time each day so that she knows when to expect food and is hungry around meal times. You can break up the amount of food your dog needs into a couple of meals per day.

Create A Conducive environment

If you want your dog to feed easily when sick, make sure there is an environment of plenty. There should be more than one comfortable place where she can lie down. There should be plenty of toys around the feeding area, especially if your dog likes to play with toys while eating.

Hand Feed Your Dog

Make your dog to lie down in a comfortable position and then sit beside it. Now, dip your fingers into the cooked or canned food and then place it near her mouth.  Your dog will not hesitate to take the food inside her mouth. Alternatively, you can dab a bit of the food on the dog’s nose, so that she can lick it off to clean herself and get the taste of the food in her mouth. After testing the food, the will definitely want more of it.

Monitoring the Condition of a Sick Dog with No Appetite

Monitoring of a sick dog at home may entail observing and recording the dog’s symptoms and behavioral changes. This can be helpful in case the dog’s condition worsen and requires veterinary treatment. Also, recording can help to track the progress of recovery.  The most important information to record includes the following:

  • The body temperature.
  • Your dog’s pulse rate
  • Amount of food and water intake
  • The number of times  and dosage of medication given
  • The frequency of urination and defecation. Note any abnormality in urine or stools.
  • Any change in your dog’s physical or mental conditions.


If your dog is ill, she is not going to be interested in his regular food. Instead of the normal dry food, start enticing your dog with delicious canned wet foods. You can also add flavors and scents that your dog can recognize as delicious. More importantly, consult a vet for recommendation of the most appropriate foods and best techniques of feeding your sick dog.

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