Q. Dog six months has stop eating and drinking all together for five days now. Vet says not to worry. She ribs are starting to show what could be wrong?
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM
A. I would be worried. Not eating or drinking... Step one is to figure out why, step two is change in food to encourage weight gain. I would recommend a good physical exam by a veterinarian, and some abdominal radiographs to rule out an obstruction. Given that it has now been 6 days, I would recommend hospitalized supportive care. IV fluids, plasma if available, and antibiotics if indicated. In regards to nutrition, high calorie food such as Hills a/d will help, but once recovered I would simply put on a high quality puppy food such as Acana, Orijen, lotus, honest kitchen etc. Human grade ingredients with less additives. Best of luck. If you would like to consult and discuss in further detail, I would be happy to help.