He won't eat
Once again, I come to you guys for advice.
My baby is 12 years old and doing fine. Until, about a week ago. He has been on the same food (Nutro) for several years. No problem.
One particular Saturday, he decided he didn't want to eat. Ok. I pulled it up and reoffered in the evening. Still nope, not gonna eat it. I pulled it up.
Next morning, again. I decided to put an egg in it. Nope, not gonna eat it. He seems fine. Smoking and joking. Just not eating.
I wonder if he is just being stubborn and all the sudden doesn't like this food. Or if there is a problem.
I go buy a small bag of a different brand. He eats that. So I mix the new bag with the old. Next meal, nope, not gonna eat it.
I separate the two foods and try to feed him again, (next meal). Nope, not gonna eat it.
Now, all this time, he is fine. Drinking water, doing his business.
Finally, I call the vet. We go. Temperature is good. She listens to his heart. She feels his body. Looks in his ears, eyes and mouth. I had mentioned maybe a tooth issue. She said his teeth looked fine.
She went and got a plate of wet dog food and brought them to him. Yes, he ate it all.
She told me that he is a senior and to feed him what he wants. He looked fine and seemed healthy.
Great, so I go to the store and buy several cans of wet food. I mix about 1/3 of a can with his dry. He eats it. Whew. I do this for a couple of days.
This morning, I feed him, wet and dry. Nope, he ain't gonna eat it.
Off I go to work. Come home, its still in the bowl.
I offer him only wet, nope. I tried the egg in the dry, nope. I boiled some plain rice, nope. I boiled a piece of chicken, mixed it with a bit of rice, yes, he ate it.
At this point I don't know if he is playing me or if something is wrong. So my question to you is:
Do you think it will be ok, if I just offer him his next meal, and if he doesn't eat it, put it up and reoffer at each meal time?
How long can I do this before I take him to the vet? 2 days? 3 days?
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