My 12 Year Old Aussie Won't Eat Much At All
by Becky Tyra
He used to be a great eater. 2 weeks ago we had his teeth cleaned because he had problems. They pulled 2 teeth and he came home and ate fine. Then a few days later he started refusing his moistened hard food, so I hand fed him the same food only more moistened or mixed. Since that day we have tried 5 types of dry dog food (dry and wet), 4 types of canned food and baby food.
2 days ago we went back to the vet and she gave him an antibiotic shot, in case there was an infection causing him problems. We still can't get him to eat any "food" except here and there.
I realized long ago he was way smarter than me. I am wondering if maybe he is altering my behavior again. He WILL eat cooked cubed steak, tablet sized duck pill pockets or those little mini milkbones whenever... What should I do?
If we offer him any thing else he sits there and turns his head away with the "look", and if I do it too many times he gets up and walks away from me!
He still gets his toys to play, loves to go for walks and (along with his sister) is still my "velcro" dog. He is in reasonably good health, but he does have R. arthritis—diagnosed when he was 8. Since he has been on this strike he doesn't eat enough at a time to give his medicine for that. Actually for his age he seems fine except for this.
Could you offer any suggestions?