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.