Help for Angel

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Most of you know I have a 13 year old Sheltie named Angel. In her old age she's begun to eat less and less. Now she's starting to lose weight and I feel she's getting too thin. She's not wanting to eat her food at all anymore. She goes behind Ella and eats all the left over puppy food spilt on the floor. Last night I fed her a small bowl of Ella's food so she'd at least eat something. I went to the store this morning and bought some eggs to scramble for her. Today she had her first one and she gobbled it up. But she has a very sensitive stomach and gets kidney infections EXTREMELY easy, especially when changing food. Anyone have any ideas on things I can try to fatten her up or to get her to eat. IDK what to do about this and it's really worrying me.

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Have you checked her teeth? An elderly girl may certainly have mouth problems.

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Yes check her teeth you may have to switch to soft or wet food.... That happened with our GSD growing up- we wet his dry food and when he stopped eating that we switched to the soft (they were called gainesburgers) then when he stopped with those we went to cans or boiled groundbeef and rice.... gOod luck its hard watching our loves gettin old...

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Well bless her heart..I can only imagine how worried you are.. Did she do well on the last food you gave her? How about using the same only softening it with chicken broth ( low sodium) or even water. Or maybe she's just tired of the same ol same ol.

Let us know

What kind of puppy food are you feeding Ella Sue?

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Ella is eating nutro natural choice. Angel eats science diet c/d for urinary track problems problems. She's done well on it, but she's been eating it for years. Maybe she is tired of it. I don't see any visible problems with her teeth. My best friend Justin even commented on how good they look for her being as old as she is. They still may just be getting sensitive and hurts to chew the food.

Thanks everybody for your advice and concern.

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I don't know what the life span of a Sheltie is, but I know that small dogs who live longer lives than our beloved Dobies, develop gastric problems later in life. They may eat, but they don't absorb the nuturients in the food. Older people sometimes have this problem as well.

You can try softening her food in hot water (let it cool before serving) in a manner similar to what we do for our puppies when they are very small. They actually like it better because it will form a gravy and enhance their appetite.

You may also want to have her checked by the vet. There could be other problems associatied with age that are not visible.