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Issues After A Dental...ideas Needed Asap


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Andy recently had severe dental issues and he had about 12 teeth removed. We have been getting him to eat several soft foods (no kibble) from a paper plate. He doesn't seem in pain anymore however he is getting thinner and thinner in spite of the meals. Today it dawned on us that he may be dehydrated! He used to have water mixed with his kibble plus drank a good amount of water. Tonight we took a bowl of water with a plastic syringe and squirted water slowly and he did drink quite a bit.

 

He is still taking Baytril antibiotic which maybe is making him nauseous?? I can't figure out why drinking water would hurt if he can eat soft food okay.

 

Oh, he just turned 9 and normally is trim and weighs 70 pounds.

 

Any ideas or experience? I am calling the vet tomorrow but thought maybe I could get some input tonight. :unsure

 

Thank you.

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It's certainly possible the Baytril is making him nauseous. Try a 10 mg Pepcid 30 - 45 minutes before Baytril / meal.

I'm thinking you'll have to hide it in something really yummy to get it down, but it's worth a try.

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Guest Energy11

Poor baby!

 

I really don't think drinking water would hurt him???? If he won't drink, you could add water to the canned food he is getting. I'd also try adding Gatorade or another type of sports drink, 50/50 to the water. That might encourage him to drink, and it would certainly help the dehydration.

 

My Curfew loves ice cubes. Your Andy obviously couldn't chew them, but might be interested in them for licking, and the cold couldn't hurt his mouth. You can make Gatorade cubes, too.

 

Sending him lots of hugs! Good Luck!

 

 

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Did he show signs of dehydration (tacky gums, pinched-up skin on neck not snapping right back)? If he's eating wet food, he might not need to drink a lot since there is water in the food. One thing to be aware of is, you have to feed a LOT of wet food to get the same calories as kibble. Depending on the food, a dog his size will probably need 3-4 cans per day. And yes, Baytril can upset the tummy. Usually what I do is give 1 regular strength pepcid (10mg famotidine), wait 30-40 minutes, feed a meal or substantial snack, then give the antibiotic. Hope some of that helps. No question he should go back to the vet if you're unsure or feel there may be other issues, altho I hope there are not!

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Thanks guys, you rule!

 

I feel so bad for him. He was starting to act normal - playing a bit, eating more etc - but then he started to look thinner and thinner and is uncomfortable.

 

He is getting super picky with his food and just turns his nose in the air. But the silly head will eat some kibble if its in his play kong.

 

I think I will let the vet decide about the deydration for sure - better safe than sorry.

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A friend has a broodie that had all but four teeth extracted and it was done by a dental specialist. He had her soak kibble until it was soft and to also grind up cooked chicken and turkey and mashed potatoes, etc. She did very well eating and she just drank water as usual. The ground up turkey and chicken was her favorite.

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More good ideas! Thank you.

 

He is VERY cranky right now. I just gave him some pain meds and a few doses of water. He is laying down now. Its so upsetting when you don't know what's wrong.

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I think I have a grocery list for the morning!! Thank you everyone.

 

He just had about of cup of low sodium chicken broth mixed with some water. Drank it all like a good boy.

 

 

Mommy is stressed!!!!

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If Andy is like mine, he probaly didn't chew his kibble much anyway! If he needs more food, you can do several things to give him some more calories.

 

>Add cooked rice or cooked small pasta and boiled, crumbled hamburger (or ground chicken or turkey)

>whirl the dry kibble in a blender/food processor to kibble dust (measure out his normal kibble meal before you whirl it so you know how much he should have)

>add fiber to his meals if h's getting loose poops

 

His mouth is probably really sore. Keep ahead of his pain as much as possible. Definitely go back to your vet if he's getting too dehydrated or not healing well.

 

Good luck.

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Waiting for the vet to open so I can call. Andy slept peacefully last night so the water and pain meds must have helped. I go home everyday for lunch so I can see how he is.

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