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post #111 of 117 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the hiatus here. BEen dealing with Whiskey. 2 weeks ago his creatinine went up to 4 - coupled with a loss of appetite. As of 2 days ago it had come back down to 2.7. However, we are still dealing with severe appetite issues. He's been rejecting food except meat. The temperature has dropped significantly in our city over the past week, but I'm not sure if that has caused his appetite loss. He is looking to sleep a lot, except when he wants to play ball. Hopefully it's just a small phase .
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I'm sure you know the symptoms of kidney failure; because of the toxins circulating in the bloodstream, they often lose their appetite and feel ill.
Just try to change up the foods, we used all sorts of safe "toppings" to try to entice our senior that was in failure to eat.
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I'm sure you know the symptoms of kidney failure; because of the toxins circulating in the bloodstream, they often lose their appetite and feel ill.
Just try to change up the foods, we used all sorts of safe "toppings" to try to entice our senior that was in failure to eat.
Could you please tell me what all you tried.

Today we tried some mincemeat( mutton) fried/roasted in saltless butter. That seemed to work.
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Well we tried things like "gravy" made for dogs, but you could try eggs (scrambled or boiled), any variety of canned food, cottage cheese, yogurt, anything safe you can think of, to just kind of "coat" the kibble.
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I am baffled by how his creatinine is bouncing around like this... Any news on the Babesia infection?

As for the non-meat toppings, what temporarily worked for Wolfie were yogurt, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs. But mostly, he just wanted his meat. How about if you just give mashed potatoes (sweet or white) mixed with meat? Does he eat that? In the end, that's the only thing that Wolfie wanted to eat. I am sorry but it's really all trial and error with this disease. The food-related struggle was really hard to deal with.

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I am sorry but it's really all trial and error with this disease. The food-related struggle was really hard to deal with.
Exactly this. And they'd eat it for a few days and that was it.
So you had to change every day or so.
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And they'd eat it for a few days and that was it.
So you had to change every day or so.
Oh yes.

I eventually learned to do small batches and not mix in the meat until it was meal-time. Threw out enough food and learned the hard way.

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