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Old 11-02-2009, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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quick question for ya'll online --- my 12 week old puppy was diagnosed with pnuemonia yesterday (sorry, i don't know how to spell pnuemonia correctly)! i have tried feeding a list of things and he will not eat any of it. am now going to try chicken broth --- is canned broth ok or do i need to make it from proper chicken?

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if i were going to give my dog chicken broth it
would be made from cooking a fresh chicken.
if i were going to use broth from a can i would want it to be all
natural/organic. i would perfer it not to have salt in it.

i hope your puppy feels better soon.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with doggieDaD, I wouldn't get one with salt, or any additives or preservatives. All natural definitely if I were to by it from a store.

But I would also just cook a chicken as well, you know what's in the broth from that!

Hope pup gets well quick! Good luck
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Are you feeding just broth???? Or like a mixer to make his food more appealing? If he wont eat ANYTHING, have you tried a simple rice and boiled chicken mixture? plus the water you cook the chicken is broth you can use for the future. The canned has a LOT of sodium.... so i would be worried about that. I'm not a pro. just my 2 cents.
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You may have already tried this but it worked for my dog after his splenectomy...jars of baby food. It was important to get him eating and that is what my vet suggested.
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Ask your vet for suggestions, but I also used organic baby food when my girl was on chemo. She liked it. How about some fresh chicken? I second concerns about store bought broth--too salty.

I don't know if the vet would recommend....but when all else fails, my dogs will eat deli-sliced turkey.
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While I'm not a fan of Science Diet, your vet may sell cans of ...I think it's the Science Diet C D, for easy digestion for a sick dog. Ask the vet if syringe-feeding (mix a bit of water and canned good food in a syringe and squish it in to the pocket between gum and teeth) is recommended. Just as important as food is making sure your pup is getting water too.
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Originally Posted By: JenniferDAsk your vet for suggestions, but I also used organic baby food when my girl was on chemo. She liked it. How about some fresh chicken? I second concerns about store bought broth--too salty.

I don't know if the vet would recommend....but when all else fails, my dogs will eat deli-sliced turkey.
Deli cuts of meat are going to be just as salty as broth.

You can buy low sodium broth, which is a lot better... and can be used in a pinch. I'd prefer to see you cook up broth too. Just buy any ole chicken at the store, toss in in a pot of cold water and boil away.

Organic baby food is good, but read labels. It may have a lot of grains, which your pup may or may not be able to tolerate (For example, chicken and rice is often "water. rice. chicken." in that order -- and it may contain other ingredients like squash.). AND if you get baby food for Stage 2 or older children (infants older than a few months old), it may have seasonings which includes salt and onion...which we definitely don't want to feed to our pups.

One thing I like to feed my dogs when they don't feel well is fresh (boiled) chicken, overcooked rice (add extra water and cook longer) and boiled sweet potato. The sweet potato has a flavor that most dogs like; it's very healthy and easily tolerated. You can substitute that with a dollop of canned pumpkin on off days.

REAL maple syrup (not the fake stuff like Aunt Jemimah or Mrs. Butterworth's) can be poured over the chicken/rice/sweet potato mixture to make it even more savory. Maple syrup has some essential minerals, so it doesn't just add calories and a yummy flavor. It's actually nutritious in small doses.

If you find a mixture that your dog will eat, you can mix in some whey powder (available at your health food store --buy UNSWEETENED vanilla whey powder). It doesn't add much in the way of flavor or bulk, but it provides extra protein and adds in calcium that a growing pup needs, especially to offset the phosphorous of the meat you're giving. Whey powder actually has the ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorous, so you can just mix it into almost anything and it will give your pup a great boost of protein, calcium and phosphorous --which every growing pup needs.

I consider it an essential and always have it around my house.

If your pup won't eat ANYTHING and isn't drinking much, then you need to bring him in to your vet's office to be evaluated for dehydration. He may need fluids to help him along.

I hope he feels better soon.
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I definitely agree with the whey protein!!

How about some blended liver?
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From your other thread:

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Originally Posted By: LJsMomHave you tried slightly heating the canned food/baby food?
Been thinking, have you tried a different protein? There is a good chance that the chicken is the problem, and also may be contributing to the itching?
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