Susan's correct that multiple vitamin have no where near the RDA for calcium, but they do have some. They also have phorphorus to keep the Calcium/phosphorus ratio correct so they really don't correct a diet that is too high in phosphorus.
The pet calcium products I'm familiar with also have phosphorus and Vit D along with the calcium, so while having more calcium don't correct an imbalance in the rest of the diet.
I all but the very long term, not a serious problem.
I like Pawz idea of ground egg shells
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Jill (12yr old Golden) Charmin (at the bridge)
Henry our camping cat
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Thanks everybody! Right now, ... I just don't know! What I mean is I can't get her dialed in. When I think I do, it's something else.
For example yesterday when I woke up to get a glass of water, there was poop all over the Eagle (I mean all over from the base of the bed to the front. I had a hard time walking without stepping on poop). Took about a couple of hours cleaning the mess, after which I fed the two, myself then started work.
At dinner Halree only ate half of her chicken and rice, so I gave her only half of her snacks which she scarfed down. I'll look into the vitamin and calcium later, but the egg may be something I can do right away.
She won't eat yogurt any more, and will not eat her regular food (I tried a few days ago, but had to throw it away, then made her chicken and rice).
Anyways, I went to Home Depot a few minutes ago, bought a new rug and two child/pet gates since I'm gonna have to contain Harlee in the tiled hall way or bath area when we go to sleep.
She'll have the whole hall way from the chair to the whatever you call those folding bedroom doors. But I'll utilize the gates so she won't fell like she's by herself.
When we were at the Vets a few weeks ago, she lost about 5lbs. I think she may've lost a few more since then. So she should be right at 72lbs + or - a couple of lbs.
So DOC, here's the number you'll need to help me figure out the formula (if you can, let's say 3 or 4 years old should be good enough)! ....
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Will she eat vegetables? Callie loved her vegies. I bought the frozen mixed vegies, served them thawed, along with a serving of meat, a serving of brown rice, and a serving of fruit. She preferred pears or apple sauce. She liked cottage cheese too, but it's kind of expensive for dog food! I didn't mix them just because I wanted to give her options. As she got sicker she eliminated one thing after another until she was eating only the meat. Oddly enough it was kibble with meat topping that got her eating again for a while. Occasionally I would sprinkle shredded cheese over her kibble. At that stage of her life I wasn't worried about balanced diet - just EAT! I also froze all the egg shells until I had enough to bake then powdered in my coffee grinder (used only for shells). I sprinkled the shell powder over her food.
I hope you can find foods to excite her about eating again.
What caused the diarrhea? Have you tried a little Pepto to settle her tummy? If she needs yogurt but won't eat it maybe she'd enjoy some acidophilous milk?
Hi Pops, I feel for you the worry and frustration you must feel going through this with Harlee. Poor baby - I hope she gets in the groove with her new diet soon. Some Prescription Diets have chicken and rice as their main ingredients, and dogs have lived on them for years. But if she's off her regular dog food, the chicken and rice are the best thing for her. When Champ was in his last months, the vet prescribed a tonic called Pet-Tinic, sort of like a liquid vitamin supplement. It did seem to help Champ for a brief time and he seemed perkier and more like himself. You could check with your vet to see if this might help Harlee overall. Anyway, prayers and good thoughts are continuing for you and the Clan, especially Harlee.
[quote=chele]Will she eat vegetables? Callie loved her vegies. I bought the frozen mixed vegies, served them thawed, along with a serving of meat, a serving of brown rice, and a serving of fruit. She preferred pears or apple sauce. She liked cottage cheese too, but it's kind of expensive for dog food!
I've used scrambled eggs, applesauce, thawed frozen veggies.
One trick I used with one of my dogs that was needing to loose a few lbs and not eating the new diet was to put her food on a regular dinner plate. I often ate in front of the TV in a chair and I fixed a plate and went in at my dinner time with my plate and her food on it. Took a tablespoon and actually took a bite (why not, it was all food I would have eaten normally, just not at one meal) and then called her over and offered her a spoon full. Man, she must have thought I had lost my mind because she had never been allowed table scrapes although I think my wife and a few guests may have snuck her some once in a great while. She couldn't eat it fast enough, almost like she thought I was going to come to my senses and quit offering it at some point and with a quilty look on her face.
If yours has never been feed table scrapes or you have not allowed her to beg while you are normally eating, might just be the trick for you. Good luck to you both
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Well it looks like the Metronidazole didn't help! It was painful watching him try to poop a few minutes ago. When he did settle to a spot, just a small amount came out and was runny! So well head to the vet in the morning. I hope they didn't pick up worms like Harlee did back in 09'. Kind of reminds me when she did!