TL;DR - requesting suggestions to tempt my old doggie’s appetite.
Sweetie showed up at my house in the country 14 years ago. I don’t know how old she was then–definitely not a puppy. She could be as old as 16 or 17 now. My then-BF gave her that name because she IS the sweetest dog in the whole world.
Here is a recent-ish picture of her in one of the eight dog/cat beds I have scattered throughout the house. No animal here ever has to worry about a sudden Nap Attack with nowhere to fall down.
She has been losing weight (from high 40s to low 40s) and her back legs are losing strength, such that I’ve had to put carpets and runners all over the house because she can’t get up from the hardwood floor otherwise. She has had back and spinal issues ever since she joined my household back yonder. She has been getting treatments at the vet every other week for a couple of years… not going to go into those, as I don’t particularly want to open a discussion on that topic. She gets doggie ibuprofen every day and an occasional Tramodol at night.
I know she’s not going to live forever and my goal now is to keep her as happy and functional as possible in whatever time she has left, which may be as long as a couple of years. I went this route with her companion, the late great doggie Buddy (also known as The Budster and Dr. B), and I’m fine with it.
What I would like advice on is what to feed her to put some weight on her. About 10 days ago, she stopped eating the dry food I have always fed her, Taste of the Wild. I’m willing to feed her anything she wants, and it has been rotisserie chicken, a dab of canned pumpkin, a small amount of rice, Dreamcoat on her food (on the vet’s recommendation), a small amount of bone broth, a hard boiled egg (yard eggs from a friend), and nutritional yeast sprinkled over. The commercial dog food I’ve settled on is Natural Balance. The vet tech at the clinic said they have a high-calorie canned prescription food (AD?), and I guess I can get a can to see if she likes it. Interested in other commercial wet food suggestions.
BTW, she still produces perfect poop when I walk her every day. A good sign, I think.
Sweetie has never been a chow hound, unlike the aforementioned Buddy who ate like there was no tomorrow (even when there was no tomorrow, God bless him). I’ve been feeding her several times a day, any time she shows interest. I usually eat sitting at my coffee table in the living room, and I’ve started putting her food bowl on the floor next to me when I eat, and this has worked well. She’s the only living creature I’ve sat down to a meal with in several years…
I’d like advice on tempting food suggestions. When I put the food down in the morning after she gets up (and I don’t put out everything at once), she’ll go and have a few bites and then graze on it throughout the day. Until whatever dregs are left become so disgusting that I have to throw them out. If she eats all or most, I will replenish.
I thank you and Sweetie thanks you.