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I don't think we have long left with Chase if he won't eat. He's interested in everything but won't eat. Has anyone had luck with any sort of anti nausea drug, appetite stimulant or anything else? I don't need food suggestions, just medical solutions to getting him eating again. Thanks.

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There are appetite stimulants that are effective. Talk to your vet.

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Haven't used mirtazapine (beachbum1's link) personally but it has been helpful for others I know. We have mostly gotten by with pepcid (doesn't interact with many other meds) and low-dose prednisone. One thing to note, you may have already figured -- when they've been nauseous, sometimes unfamiliar foods work better than familiar ones. Hugs and best luck.

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I was going to ask the vet about Cerenia. I'll ask her about Mirtazapine too, thanks. Haven't tried anything yet. He was just diagnosed on Saturday. Thanks for the suggestions.

...............Chase (FTH Smooth Talker), Morgan (Cata), Reggie (Gable Caney), Rufus
(Reward RJ). Fosters check in, but they don't check out.
Forever loved -- Cosmo (System Br Mynoel), March 11, 2002 - October 8, 2009.
Miss Cosmo was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.

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Fussy Kasey would eat with FortiFlora sprinkled on his food. Also changing up his food often kept him interested. Satin balls one meal, pasta and broth the next, lentils, super high carb foods, even high caloric Royal Canin for sensitive stomach. He also had pepcid regularly which helped. Cheeseburger, fries. The problem with getting all this food into him however lead to not so good coming out. So if Chase hasn't had different foods before, beware. Fortiflora really might be worth a shot though since it tries to re-establish a healthy system, and there is something that smells divine in there to entice dogs to eat whatever its sprinkled on. We did one packet a meal, but one a day is apparently the dose. Sorry about the food suggestions but sprinking that on anything might do wonders.

 

Miraztapine didn't work. I only tried Cerenia to calm Ryder but it really knocked him on his keester.

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He's been getting Pepcid. It's helped but I can't get anything near a full meal in him.

...............Chase (FTH Smooth Talker), Morgan (Cata), Reggie (Gable Caney), Rufus
(Reward RJ). Fosters check in, but they don't check out.
Forever loved -- Cosmo (System Br Mynoel), March 11, 2002 - October 8, 2009.
Miss Cosmo was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.

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How about some ginger snaps until you can get an RX? They think they are getting a treat, but it may help calm the nausea enough to help him eat a little.

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How about some ginger snaps until you can get an RX? They think they are getting a treat, but it may help calm the nausea enough to help him eat a little.

No, he won't eat that. He looks interested in almost everything, looks longingly while the other dogs are eating. He needs something medicinal, but not sure what, to make it possible for him to eat.

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...............Chase (FTH Smooth Talker), Morgan (Cata), Reggie (Gable Caney), Rufus
(Reward RJ). Fosters check in, but they don't check out.
Forever loved -- Cosmo (System Br Mynoel), March 11, 2002 - October 8, 2009.
Miss Cosmo was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave.

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Sounds like Terrier Daisy. She has CHF and it's a struggle getting her to eat most days. She missed all four meals over the weekend (and harassed me all day every day because she was so hungry but couldn't bring herself to eat anything) and this morning and finally ate her evening meal this afternoon. I gave her a chunk of hamburger as an appetizer and that seemed to spur things on. If you're hesitant to switch up his food every day (I would be too, especially if he's prone to having a sensitive tummy), have you tried adding in tasty things? An all canned food diet? Good luck!

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He's interested in everything but won't eat. I'm so sorry Tracey. We have used both Mirtazapine and Cerenia with mixed results. Have you tried offering some Ensure? I keep vanilla on hand but have used strawberry in a pinch. Good thoughts for Chase and his peeps.

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Have you tried Slippery Elm? I forgot to mention that. The only issue with that is it coats the stomach (as it should) but by doing so it restricts medicine from getting absorbed. So if you have to give pills, space it out after giving slippery elm (which I give with feeding). I've had good luck with that during bouts of D, etc.

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