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Malnourished and refusing to eat??

I recently rescued a dog who is highly malnourished, but the previous owner said he refused to eat. I've tried wet food and dry food and he won't eat. Any advice?

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  • DeaDea NHPosts: 7,176Member ✭✭✭
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    Have you had him to the vet? If so, what tests were done and what did the vet say. How old is he? How long have you had him? What type of food have you tried to feed him, please be specific. Please ask this question on the health forum on this site. You can't answer back and forth on this part of this site.
  • Anya LetsonAnya Letson Posts: 611Member
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    To the vet! In the meantime, offer fluids. Try boiled chicken and white rice--the kind you have to cook for 45 min. If that doesn't work, try chicken broth.
  • Christine mcgowanChristine mcgowan Posts: 3Member
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    Has he begun eating by now? Sometimes they won't eat because they are anxious with a new environment. You can try mixing the wet with the dry. Eventually they do eat after a couple of days. If he doesn't then I would talk to a vet about it because it may be something more serious. You could also try different brands...some stores will let you return the food if your dogs does not do well on it. Good luck.
  • David WebsterDavid Webster Posts: 4Member
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    Get that dog to an emergency vet clinic immediately! There is probably a physical reason why the dog is refusing to eat. Not eating is the first sign that your dog is sick. He might need fluids if he is dehydrated from lack of water.


  • MJ KFMJ KF Posts: 29Member
    How recently did you rescue him? If it was just in the past couple of days, he may be nervous and still adjusting to your home. But, considering he did not eat in his old home either, there may be an health problem. I would advise to take your dog to the vet ASAP.
  • Jen HJen H Posts: 4Member
    I volunteer at a shelter and many times they won't eat because they've been traumatized. Given his/her emancipated state, maybe it was abused?? Barring any medical problems, I've never had a shelter dog that won't take some chicken or a hotdog. And I always feed it from my hand to try and gain their trust and to comfort them.
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