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    Blue had surgery two days ago to correct his cherry eye. He also had his soft palate reduced, and tonsils and saccules removed.

    The Vets said to feed him wet food but if that wasn't possible, to add water to the dry so it can soften up.
    Well, he won't eat his dry food with water. He smells it and walks away. So I've been hand feeding him 2 kibble of dry at a time, but it's taking so long, and he's on anti anxiety meds so he doesn't have the strength to get through a meal, and just winds up walking away to fall asleep.
    As of now, his total intake has been less than a cup of food since last night.
    He's on various meds. and needs to eat!! I'm getting worried.

    What can I do?? He's on Fromm four star (grain free) Salmon Tunalini right now. He can't eat anything with Beef as he starts to itch his face right away. Same thing when he was on Pork and Peas- was itching horribly.

    Can I give him a raw (or even cooked) piece of Salmon or Tuna right now? I need to get him eating. The Vets said soft food for the next 2 weeks.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberrys Mom View Post
    Blue had surgery two days ago to correct his cherry eye. He also had his soft palate reduced, and tonsils and saccules removed.

    The Vets said to feed him wet food but if that wasn't possible, to add water to the dry so it can soften up.
    Well, he won't eat his dry food with water. He smells it and walks away. So I've been hand feeding him 2 kibble of dry at a time, but it's taking so long, and he's on anti anxiety meds so he doesn't have the strength to get through a meal, and just winds up walking away to fall asleep.
    As of now, his total intake has been less than a cup of food since last night.
    He's on various meds. and needs to eat!! I'm getting worried.

    What can I do?? He's on Fromm four star (grain free) Salmon Tunalini right now. He can't eat anything with Beef as he starts to itch his face right away. Same thing when he was on Pork and Peas- was itching horribly.

    Can I give him a raw (or even cooked) piece of Salmon or Tuna right now? I need to get him eating. The Vets said soft food for the next 2 weeks.

    Thanks in advance.
    I would boil up some turkey and cook up some rice and mix them together and give to that Blueberry. Poor guy. He's probably super sore.

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    Default Re: Will barely eat after surgery. Need Ideas..

    His throat is probably very sore poor guy . I have never had this surgery but maybe put the food in some hot water, let it sit for 15 minutes, and put it in the blender. Then you can take a syringe and feed him with it?


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    Hi, poor baby. I would think since Blue just had surgery two days ago, his throat, tonsils, and soft palate must be very sore, so it makes sense that he might not feel like eating anything right now. Plus he's sleepy and dopey from all the pain medications he is on, so doesn't feel much like eating. A soft, bland diet would be perfect for him, cook up some salmon, or other protein that he tolerates, such as turkey, with cooked rice, and feed him smaller amounts more often throughout the day, until he's either off the medication, or until his post surgery follow up appointment with the vet. Try feeding him a 1/4 cup 3 or 4 times a day, so he is still getting 2 cups a day, just in smaller portions, and see how he does.
    Hoping Blue heals quickly, and feels better soon. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you and Blue. Feel better buddy. Please keep us posted on how he's doing. Take care.
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    @pdolphin27 @desertskybulldogs @Vikinggirl

    Thank you all for the suggestions.

    I'd love to do Turkey (as it's way cheaper than salmon or tuna steak..lol) but he's never had it. I'm scared that if he reacts to it, he'll scratch the stitches right out. When he's better, I'm gonna give the Turkey a try.
    Will do the blender method right now though. I don't have a syringe, but maybe he'll slurp it up.
    Also, I just called hubs and asked him pick up a piece of tuna and salmon on his way home. If the blender method doesn't work, will try cooking it. If the blender method does work, Chris and I will have a tasty dinner .


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    YUMM!!!!!

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    These have been excellent suggestions especially the blender idea
    and feeding several, smaller meals.

    Cami & I send very soft hugs & kisses to Blue & get well fast wishes!


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    @Texas Carol thank you

    I tried the blender method that @desertskybulldogs suggested. I'm so frazzled right now I didn't even realize using my immersion blender with his Kibble is a terrible idea. Spent half an hour cleaning my kitchen. Anyway, I ended up blending it in a normal blender but he wouldn't touch it. What a picky bulldog. So back to hand feeding. He ate a little of his kibble, had some water and is now sitting on the couch unsure what to do. I didn't give him his dose of anxiety medication. Hoping I won't need to until tonight.

    Here's what he looks like today..

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    I suggest you buy some Nutrigel or something like that. You can google it and find it from different manufactures. I always have it in the house for the times that my bullies don't eat for any reason.

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    Awwww...that's just not right...seeing Blue so blue

    You know, when I've had the cone on my dogs, a couple
    just shut down completely until it was removed! Add a
    weird feeling med and extreme soreness to his mix, I'd
    probably not eat either! Maybe another day will make a
    big difference, he may still have some anesthesia in him
    too. Sending hugs to YOU of sympathy & comfort and
    hoping he feels better real quick!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RiiSi View Post
    I suggest you buy some Nutrigel or something like that. You can google it and find it from different manufactures. I always have it in the house for the times that my bullies don't eat for any reason.
    Hi Riisi, thanks for the suggestion.
    Just googled it. I think it's exactly what Blue needs right now. But only ONCE place here carries it and I have no idea who they are. Think I'll chance it anyway and order.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
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    Awwww...that's just not right...seeing Blue so blue

    You know, when I've had the cone on my dogs, a couple
    just shut down completely until it was removed! Add a
    weird feeling med and extreme soreness to his mix, I'd
    probably not eat either! Maybe another day will make a
    big difference, he may still have some anesthesia in him
    too. Sending hugs to YOU of sympathy & comfort and
    hoping he feels better real quick!
    Blue's the same. He usually shuts down when there's a collar (or anything) around his neck. I took the cone off to see if he would eat but nothing changed. I even kept it off for a bit, hoping he'd snap out of it but it didn't work.


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