lack of appetite in MVD dog-Gizmo
I'll try to make this short. Gizmo is will be 10 at the end of January. His mumur is as high as it's going to get (5/6???) He's on lasix, vetmedin, enalapril, thyroid medicine and potassium bromide (for fly-catchers). He's been taking all of these except vetmedin starting in the summer (some before that--the thyroid meds and potassium bromide). He was on digoxin through October when we switched him to vetmedin.
He's been up and down since August but his breathing and coughing got worse a few weeks ago. We upped both the vetmedin (2 capsules, 2x/day) and the lasix (1/2 tablet, 3x/day) about two weeks ago. His coughing is sometimes not bad but he's still having trouble with it.
New problem--he won't eat. This dog always was a total food fanatic. But I never could get him to eat the Hills Heart diet when it was prescribed.
We were able to get by with a combination of Hill and Nutro senior but he's off that. He won't eat the Nutro wet food. Last few days about all he has had is cheese (with his meds) and some bananas with peanut butter (to try to keep his potassium levels okay with all that lasix).
I've read several suggestions but I wonder if anyone has advice as to what might be interesting for him and not too bad for him at the same time.
My current thought is cooking some chicken and adding plain rice to see what he does with that. Another thought is just to give him anything that he would eat...this might include cat food even though I know there are long term problems with dogs eating that.
Thanks for your help.
Margaret, Newton, MA - Gadget (blenheim), Sasha (ruby), Wyatt (blenheim)