Taking care of and feeding a sick dog can be a challenging job. Decreased appetite, diarrhea and vomiting can make your hands full, pretty fast. Make sure you feed your dog wisely during this time, in order to provide them with adequate nutritional support without having to worsen their condition and stomach upset.
Many times, when your dog becomes sick, they aren’t usually interested in usual food. You can try bringing something new to the menu. It would encourage them to eat. Try feeding your dog canned pet food, boiled rice and chicken, tuna, sandwich meat, meat flavored baby food, mashed pumpkin or potatoes or even small amounts of cat food.
If your dog is experiencing some severe diarrhea and stomach upset, try giving them bland foods. Spicy or fatty foods aren’t ideal for your dog in this condition. You can feed your dog with vegetables, cream, wheat or oatmeal. Meat can also get greasy so make sure you avoid giving your dog any kind of greasy food.
It is essential to not over feed your dog. Make sure you give them small portions that their stomach can handle until they have made full recovery. You can start with spoonful servings and gradually increase the amount to a cup and so on.
If your dog is eating grass, let them. It’s the natural way for them to cleanse. If your dog passes more than 2 episodes of diarrhea and vomits more than a couple of times after eating grass, refer to the vet immediately.
In order to bring back your dog’s interest in food, try to offer them something that has an appealing odor. Choose foods that are naturally smelly such as fish. This may help bring back their appetite. Try offering your dog some wet foods. Dry, raw foods aren’t appealing to a sick dog. Offer them moist food which is easier to eat and digest. You can mix soup or broth with whatever you feed on daily basis to make it moist and more appealing.
Do not force your dog to have food. Leave the desired portion in their bowl and see if they have it on their own. If your dog is not having food for 24 hours, you do not need to worry. Make sure they have water within 48 hours. Try feeding them in a different room if they aren’t having food in their usual place. Feed your dog with your own hands. They love to interact with you and this would help a lot. Give them small rewards and praise them for having food to encourage them further. If you are bringing a change in their diet, do it gradually and in small amounts to get them familiarized. Above all, it is you who will have to learn to be patient and gentle with your dog. Give them time to recover from the illness and monitor them closely. It is also important to regularly take them to their vet.