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My 45 lb. Hattie can't get enough to eat. She has always been a picky eater. This is a gal that would not eat any people food at all. She has recently been diagnosed with kidney disease. Took her to the vet for constant thirst, Drinking all the time and urinating often. Few accidents in her sleep at night. In the past month she just want to eat all the time. We would allow her more food several times a day. Plus many treats a long with her food. Frozen yogurt for an evening snack. She is under weight and keeps losing. We changed he food after the vet told us she had kidney disease. She's on science diet for seniors and loves it. Tiny kibble with water and no can food. She's eating 3-4 cups a day. Fairly active yet and still wants to go for walks. She doesn't appear to be in any pain at all. Tonight she showed interest in our food, so I offered her cooked carrots and tiny pieces of soft potato. DH said, she won't eat it and sure enough she did.

At 2 yrs. of age when we got her she was a thin 54 lb. in the last 9 months she has dropped 4 lbs.

Any ideas of what could possibly be going on with her?

 

Thank you for any feed back!

Lori

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Guest greybookends

Lori she is 14. At this point in her life I would let her have whatever she will eat, as much as she will eat. I've been there and understand. If she'll eat it let her have it. Putting on to much weight at this point is a non issue. :grouphug

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I would think a vet visit and further investigation (x-rays) would be in order. Something in her body is eating up the additional intake if she is still losing weight.

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Losing weight is one of the things that happens with kidney disease, even when consuming what would normally be adequate nutrition. There may be something else going on as well, though, so your vet needs to know about this.

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She is very, very old, and has kidney disease is what's going on. There's no easy way to say it--she probably doesn't have a lot of time left, and as Lori said, let her eat whatever she wants.

 

Enjoy every day and love on her!


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Wasting is a very common side-effect of kidney disease. I'm glad she likes the food! I couldn't find anything suitable that my kidney dog, Diana, would eat. So, we're doing home-cooked supplemented with Neo canned. Some days she doesn't eat well at all, and some days she eats like a horse! Lately we've had a lot more good eating days than bad (guess she likes my cooking LOL). Diana is probably eating more by volume than she's ever eaten in her life, and she's still lost 9 lbs since April. Kidney diets by definition are quite low in protein, so they're probably not going to sustain as well as "normal" food.

 

I'd suggest feeding more often, as much as she'll eat. If my Diana even looks at her food dish - she gets food in it! If she'd eat a suitable kibble I'd free-feed 24/7.

 

Feed her and feed her and feed her. All she'll eat. She'll probably still loose weight, but the longer you can keep it on her the better she'll feel.

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