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15 Days PO, No appetite
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Hi all, 

My miniature schnauzer Remy is 15 days post-op. His last dose of antibiotics were last Friday (10/30) so now he is just on Gabapentin every 12 hours. This is a medication that he’s used to, as he has been on it for over a year (he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Aug. 2019). Anyway, this dog will usually eat ANYTHING and everything. Truly. He will gladly eat raw spinach leaves, ha. However, ever since his second day home (4th day post-op), he has zero appetite. I thought it was the antibiotics messing with his stomach, but he’s been off of them since last a Friday evening. He will eat a little boiled chicken or scrambled eggs if I put it in his face and hand feed him, but otherwise he has zero interest. He hasn’t vomited or anything and has had bowel movements. The vet put him on Entyce yesterday evening, so he’s now had 2 doses, but I haven’t seen an improvement. I’m not sure what the problem is. His incision is healing nicely. He turns his nose up at his food (which is a homemade diet) and any of his usual “favorites”. He’s just not himself. Can anyone relate? Most of the appetite issues I’ve read about are the week of surgery. Since he’s 15 days out, it seems odd. Help! 

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Oh gosh I’m sorry, I know you must be so worried! It’s good that your vet is involved right now. Have you updated them on how he’s doing? If Remy isn’t himself, some lab work may reveal what’s going on, if anything. I’m wondering: what’s his activity level like? Is he going on walks or roughousing with other dogs? Sometimes too much activity too soon can cause pain signals like lack of appetite.

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So you said not hiself…how so?  Just the eating but everything else okay as far as attitude,  drinking, etc.  Obviously two weeks out is still early, so he may not feel quite like himself quite  yet.

Stitches are out, right?  

No fever?

There’s also an appetite  stimulant in addition to the Entyce….something like metradozi e….I’m slaughtering  the name, but your Vet would know!  I think, but not sure, it may take the Entyce a day or so to kick jn.

What does your Vet suggest as the next step of he doesn’t  eat soon?  

Does he act like he’s nauseous?  Turn his head away when presented  with for?  Or acts like he wants it but just can seem to eat it?

Try stinky stuff like liverwurst.   A commercial  food you can try is Pet Fresh in the refrigerator  section.  Of course cheeseburgers, chees pizza, etc.  

Others will chime jn with suggestions s who have deal with appetite  issues.


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Hi, I’m new here – my almost 10 year old Havanese just had his right hind leg amputated last week. I will share his story elsewhere.

One thing I think has helped my baby recover his appetite is CBD. His surgeon sent me home with a bottle and Toro has been eating better than even before his surgery. It was getting really difficult to find anything he would eat with the pain his leg was causing him. He was turning his nose away from the best treats.

If you go this route, make sure it is an animal formula and has no THC in it. Toro even likes the taste and licks it out of the palm of my hand. Maybe ask your vet about it. The kind I have is called Endoblend “small dog” formula. 

i hope your sweetheart gets his appetite back quickly. I know how stressful it is.

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Hello toro and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

Thanks for sharing your experience here and I look forward to reading all about Toro!

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There’s also an appetite  stimulant in addition to the Entyce….something like metradozi e….

Mirtazapine. I know it is used in dogs and cats for appetite. In humans it is prescribed as an antidepressant, and increased appetite (read: major weight gain) is side effect. 

Hope your pup is on the mend!

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