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 Post subject: Eating Question
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:22 pm 
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Hunter was diagnosed with bilateral facial paralysis a month ago. It has gotten a bit better but he still has problems eating. He doesn't have a great appetite and when he does try to eat dry dog food ,he has to scoop it up with his lower jaw using the side of his bowl. It's almost like a person dipping his nachos in salsa. His bowl is a med. sized metal dish. I'm wondering if a larger,shallower dish might make it easier for him. Has anyone dealt with this problem?


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 Post subject: Re: Eating Question
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:24 pm 
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If I had this problem I would switch to a good grade can dog food. Then brush the teeth with coconut oil at night.

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 Post subject: Re: Eating Question
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I have tried over 15 different kinds ( pate and slices in case it was the texture) and 2 different kinds of raw diet. He smells them and won't try them. When you put them in his mouth,he spits them out.


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 Post subject: Re: Eating Question
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Have you considered making your own? I crockpot together organic veggies (beans, carrots, spinach, butternut squash) with either organic chicken breast or 90% fat-free beef. It makes a nice gravy with softens a five-star kibble that the stew is served over. Perhaps that might not only be easier for him to eat but more enticing as far as texture and smell.

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 Post subject: Re: Eating Question
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I wonder if a tilted bowl would work better for him? I've seen them both for dogs and cats. Might be worth a try...

Or maybe just try tilting his existing bowl first to see if that helps?

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 Post subject: Re: Eating Question
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rhonda roberts wrote:
I have tried over 15 different kinds ( pate and slices in case it was the texture) and 2 different kinds of raw diet. He smells them and won't try them. When you put them in his mouth,he spits them out.


Use hot water in the kibble to bring out the fragrance and let it soak. Will he eat some cooked chicken,hamburger even lamb?

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 Post subject: Re: Eating Question
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Wednesday night he ate home made soup poured over his food like it was going out of style. Yesterday he wouldn't touch it. Took him a while before he would eat a hamburger patty with bread and egg in it,but didn't touch the dog food.


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Momo has some facial paralysis which doesn't affect his eating (yet) but it was suggested that a bowl that was up higher would probably be easier for him. Result - he has a fancy pants bowl with it's own stand and Muffy has the 'slow feeder' dish.

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