Q. Dog has always had an eating disorder just like her mother but was not raised with her. Food intake has now decreased to almost nothing

A. It is important to rule out medical and dental conditions underlying her reluctance to eat and if nothing is found then to identify a diet which is calorie dense and she is willing to eat because she will not survive if she does not get a balanced diet. Kidney disease, liver disease, dental disease, stomach ulcers, defects in the intestinal lining and pancreatitis can all cause nausea and/or discomfort in and around eating. A tinned, gastrointestinal diet is calorie dense and easily digested and if fed warm is generally very palatable, a tonic containing seaweed extracts and b vitamins can often help to stimulate appetite also

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