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Old 01-14-2015, 03:48 PM
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I'd like to increase Ru's fluid intake while we sort out his urinary issues. Ru has other ideas. Mostly he is a picky princess, and tiny enough to limit how many days I am comfortable letting him starve.

Things that Ru would rather starve than eat:
1. Rehydrated dehydrated or freeze-dried food (Stella and Chewy's, Honest Kitchen)
2. Yogurt
3. Applesauce
4. Wet kibble
4. Kibble with anything touching it
5. Watered canned food
6. Watered baby food
7. Anything chicken-flavored
8. Anything colder than room temperature

Things Ru will usually eat:
1. Dry kibble
2. Room temperature canned food
3. Room temperature baby food.
4. Beads, preferably plastic or glass

Any suggestions for things to try? How long would you let a skinny 6-lb dog go without eating?
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:16 PM
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Have you tried warmed up baby food, wet dog/cat food of different consistencies, etc?

If you're just looking to hydrate, since he eats dry kibble ok, I'd maybe ask your vet if you can get some lactated ringers and give sub q fluids?
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:42 PM
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Beef, seafood, or veggie broth? All low sodium of course. Honest Kitchen has some "Winter Warmer" broths now, too.

Watered down tuna juice?

If he can have grains, maybe watered down cheesy grits or cream of wheat?
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:04 PM
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Sub-q fluids worked really well a few months ago when he had tummy troubles, but this time around I'm just looking for something to help keep him better hydrated on a regular basis.

We'll have a go at warm beef broth, he's not a seafood fan either. I usually end up warming up stuff for him even though I feel completely ridiculous when I do it. The one time I got him to eat a decent amount of refrigerated canned food he shivered so long and hard I nearly took him to the e-vet.

He can have grains so cream of wheat would work, I'll have to get some for him. Grits...don't exist here on Planet California. I'm not sure I want to go through the trouble of trying to make them when I'm not even totally clear on what a 'grit' is exactly.
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You might ask the vet if you could put a little salt in his food to make him more thirsty. Do you give him any treats? For a dog that small a few treats would go a long way.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:58 AM
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Warmed beef stock is Ru-approved!
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...or not. The picky beast isn't drinking anything this morning. He's not very good about drinking on hikes, either.
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