Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday April 13, one week post appetite loss start

Holly hasn't thrown up anymore, which is good. I took Cookie into the vet; xrays look good. No reason for our 14-year-old Shih Tzu to be gagging. She doesn't do it much. Otherwise, looks good.

Holly's appetite still v. poor. I gave her the appetite stimulant (pecatin), 1/2 tab at 8:30. Walked her, she had a real nice, normal poop, though it was soft.

At 10 a.m. the pet sitter came to walk and feed her. Holly only peed, but eating was meh, even after the appetite stimulant. She ate 9 pieces of chicken and 1 tablespoon of ham baby food.

I came home with Cookie, who ate a whole plate of GD and some chicken. Then worked with the gardener on my butterfly garden. Three monarchs hatched this morning, and a Gulf fritillary. I got a photo of the gulf butterfly emerging from its cocoon, wings still folded.

I fed Holly at 12:30, but all she would eat is 1/4 cup of my Fage greek honey yogurt, licked off a spoon. When I put it in a bowl, she didn't want it.

Gave her the Sulfcate, the ulcer med. Then while she was on the bed, thought I'd try the royal canine renal support Support for felines that they gave me last year at CSAH. She ate two pieces, wanted more. I kept feeding it to her, putting it on the bed, and she ate a little less than 1/4 of a cup. That was very encouraging.

Going now to the grocery to try to find other food to entice her. I hope that her renal failure isn't getting worse, but one has to brace oneself for the worst....

Looking back on this blog when she last was this fussy with eating:

Aug. 5, 2:44 p.m. Friday: The BW from August 4 is "normal" except for the creatine, of course, and the BUN. Creatine was 2.1. the BUN is very high, alarmingly, 104. It was 74 on Sunday and 51 on Thursday. Holly would eat only ham with a little pumpkin in it, hand fed, despite the appetite stimulant. She kept drinking and drinking. . I cried. I fried turkey and she ate only a little. Sent frank to the store for low sodium ham and she wouldn't eat that.

Meals Thursday, April 13, 2017:

Appetite stimulant at 8:30 a.m, walk and normal poop

10 a.m. Nine small pieces boiled chicken with one tablespoon of the ham baby food
12:30 p.m. 1/4 cup greek honey yogurt, 1/4 cup renal support feline kibble Royal Canin A
4 p.m. Less than 1/4 cup of shredded chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of shredded roast beef
5 p.m. She ate half a cube of watermelon. Would have eaten more, but I didn't want her tummy getting upset. One saltless pretzel and one Gerber Lil Biscuits graduates Vanilla Wheat.
6 p.m. She ate about a half handful of the KD mixed in about 1 taplespoon rotisserie chicken
7 p.m. She gobbled down 5 blueberries with her prilosec. Would have eaten more, again, worried about gas.

She walked with DH around 4:30, all the way down the block. She really wanted to walk! She popped twice. Second time was lighter and looser.

Dr. P said she needs  to eat around 325 kcals per day. The Renal support has 345 k/cal per day. Per Dr. Perez Holly can have up to 1 cup per day.

So Holly eating about 1/4 of a cup is good. Better if she ate the entire cup! 

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