Friday, 19 June 2015

Exhausted

I can't get Meg to eat.
I've bought expensive food from the vets.....from the supermarket and from the pet store.
I've cooked chicken and rice
Lean mince in a light gravy
And have even offered her favourite bits of dry toast........
She's turned her nose up to everything every time....so much so, that I could of, and did cry!

The light went on this evening at Tescos
When I bought her a chicken and mushroom pasty
One of those cheap shitty ones that you may eat after 5 pints of beer

She ate the fucking lot!

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  1. She may be craving the high fat content for the calories, not to mention the yumminess. You and Meg are in my thoughts.

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  2. Oh John …… Poor Meg but wonderful that she ate the chicken and mushroom pasty …… I can relate to that ….. when you fancy a chicken and mushroom pasty, you've just got to have one !!!!
    I do so hope that she has turned a corner, even if it's just a little one.
    Hope springs eternal. XXXX

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  3. Oh John.
    Heart-rending. I would have wept too. And am so glad that you finally found something to tempt her.

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  4. Oh John you and Meg are in my thoughts . This is very sad but Meg is lucky that you are caring for her with love and devotion . Your blogging family is thinking of you and that sweet little girl . As someone commented little Meg and John are surrounded in virtual hugs and best wishes and hopes that little Meg recovers ..... Xxxx

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  5. My heart really goes out to you. Bless Meg, give her what she wants. After coping with 2 dogs with dementia it's all about quality and not quantity sadly. I found the smellier the food the better x

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  6. You will know when to let Meg go. Stay not your hand. Would that we could do that for humans. I've often heard of the rainbow bridge. Whatever and wherever our pets, our hearts ease deserve that final peace. Listen to Meg. Your love will tell you when.

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    1. She's breaking my heart

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    2. oh, this made me shiver. love to john, meg and the whole family. we're all with you. x

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    3. Well said Jill. This is a heartbreaking and sad time which needs to be honoured, and the courage summoned to do the best by Meg when the time comes. x

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  7. Don't know if this will help but I have reading a bit about unrefined coconut oil. The sort from health shops for cooking with. I use it as a beauty product but it is meant to have healthy properties. My dog loves the taste. Although I read that if you give it to a dog it must be built up slowly.
    Really glad she ate something, always a good sign xx

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    1. Thank you, i will try anything

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  8. i am thinking of the two of you constantly. teddy is showing some of the same signs. i can hardly think of it. maybe give her a scotch egg?

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  9. Soo glad you found something she would eat . My thoughts are with you and Meg... Does she seem to be in any pain? Hugs! deb

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  10. Ah, darling. As a nurse, you know...
    People or animals.
    When my old dog was dying, she did like venison. Can you get some? She seemed to know it was "real" food.

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  11. Try to rest, take care, DG

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  12. Well, if it's junk food she'll eat - what is the harm?
    Hugs

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  13. Oh John. Those of us who have had pets are there at your side.

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  14. Be kind to yourself and Meg. At least she has eaten although not what you had hoped. I usually give my cats and my Jack Russell scrambled egg done in the microwave when they are off colour. They all seem to like egg. The Jack Russell if she gets the chance nicks them off the tray and eats them raw leaving the shell behind. Listen to your heart and to Meg she will tell you when. Its never easy but we have to be fair as well - where there is life there is hope - Just enjoy her company and treasure the time.

    Pattypan

    x

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  15. At your side with tears in our eyes knowing that we will or have been where you and Meg are at this moment. Keep those pies coming if that's what Meg wants.

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  16. I'm glad she ate something for you John...even if it was junk food. She enjoyed it.

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  17. Oh, what a good girl! And what a relief it must have been.

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  18. So glad the old girl ate something...

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  19. I hate to say this but did you try Mc Donalds ?
    Friends dog would eat them no matter what !
    You can get plain ones with cheese.
    My vet with Watson said what ever he eats at this point is good. Even thehamish food is fine.
    If Meg eats a mushroom pasty well then it is just fine.
    Big hugs from Tucson.
    xo

    cheers, parsnip

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  20. John, you are doing all you can for her. So glad she took some food tonight. Give her kisses and smell her grassy paws and tell her that everyone in blog land has her in their heart tonight. And you and Chris of course.

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  21. My dog would eat deli roast beef and especially loved deli turkey breast. Not sure what you call it in UK---the supermarket counter guy slices it for you for sandwiches? I hope she is drinking water? Dehydration is a worry esp in warm weather.

    Sending love to you and dear Meg.

    lizzy

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  22. Not even close to your experience, but when my daughter and son in law were trying to get Fiona to begin eating after 2 years of tube feedings, she would only eat things like raw broccoli, carrots, lettuce, etc. All without calories. She shunned high cal food. Frustrating for the two frazzled parents.
    Got holter results, a paltry 1,000 PVC's in a 24 hr period. I can do better. Anyway, going to just go status quo for now, see if it evolves into runs of v tach, and go from there.

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  23. I am sorry John this is the hardest part of having a pet.

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  24. I am sorry John this is the hardest part of having a pet.

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  25. When all else fails, I have found that a little raw burger or venison gets them to eat. I have also purchased something in a toothpaste kind of tube that is the consistency of vaseline, but high in calories to supplement them when they need it. Got it at the vets office. You just put some on your finger and they'll lick it off. So, so very sorry John. Maybe she'll rally and gift you with many more of her days.

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  26. Oh this sucks and I feel for you. Hell, glad the old gal ate something. Amazing how the palate gets when they are ill.
    They really do burn themselves onto your soul. God love her.

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  27. I'm so very sorry for what you're going through right now - absolutely breaks the heart but I wouldn't be without my dogs. I find solace from the knowledge that while on this earth they are spoiled rotten

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  28. I have found that canned cat food (the stinkier the better) sometimes works. I used to have to use it with a diabetic dog who when he wouldn't eat after his insulin shot. We are all with you.
    Hugs! Peter

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  29. My cat refused everything until I offered her a piece of the warm cinnamon sugared donut I was eating. Once she ate that she did begin to eat some of 'her' food. If Meg is hungry she will eat, it bothers you more than it bothers her. Hugs to all..xx

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  30. Dare I suggest a Scotch Egg?

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  31. She's a lucky dog to have such a kind owner. I hope the poor girl feels okay.

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  32. Still thinking about you John, whatever.xxxx

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  33. They steal your heart but it's oh so worth it. Take care of yourself equally well as you are taking care of dear little Meg.

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  34. I'm now wondering if she's putting on an act just to annoy you. No, perhaps not. But I bet that on one level she revels in the attention she's getting.

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  35. Thinking about you and Meg.(here the dogs like liver very much. try it.)

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  36. Lots of love to you and Meg. Xx

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  37. Have you tried raw meat? Pets at Home sell raw nuggets mixed with vegetables in the freezer section that count as a balanced meal.

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  38. I'm crying with you John, and sending hugs.

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  39. My elderly poodle would only eat scrambled egg on his off days, especially if it had a few smoked salmon trimmings or grated cheese mixed in.
    Our hearts are breaking along with yours.

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  40. I don't comment much, but just had to say I wish I could give you a great big hug. And a soft gentle one for Meg.

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  41. Thinking of you all xxx

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  42. lots of ideas here to tempt Meg x

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  43. When my daughter age 5 was having chemotherapy, the only thing she wanted was Asda steak and kidney pie morning noon and night , we tried the get her to eat other things but after a while we thought what the hell at least she is eating something . Let Meg eat the junk food it is what she wants and her eating will make you feel better xx

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  44. John, I hope Meg picks up soon, it's such a worry when they're poorly. At least she knows she's safe and loved to bits xx

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  45. Thinking of you John x

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  46. Poor Meg... and poor you. It's such a crap time when it gets to this stage. We know it's coming but it doesn't help at all.

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  47. Saw this whilst searching on line for you John:
    Raw Food

    Supporters of the raw food movement are certain that a homemade diet of uncooked food benefits dogs suffering from a number of medical conditions. Dogs with arthritis or other joint complaints, diabetes, obesity or allergies commonly respond well to a raw diet, according to VetInfo. Make a healthy raw diet using human-grade animal protein such as chicken, turkey, beef or salmon to make up 50 percent of the food. For another 40 percent, add fruit and vegetables such as apples, bananas, broccoli, carrots and green beans, mashed in a food processor. The remaining 10 percent should comprise cottage cheese, yoghurt or eggs, which can be cooked or raw.

    Love to you and Meg. x

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  48. Buy in a stock of those pies John - let her eat what she fancies. The chances are that she does not have all that long left in this world so pander to her tastes - that would be my advice - and give her lots of love and attention. How are the other dogs responding?

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  49. Thank you all for your comments x and help

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  50. When I'm old like Meg I'm going to have chocolate for breakfast if I fancy it! I might eat it for lunch and tea too! I figure when you are that old what harm can it do? Buy her a couple , she might decide she likes something else soon.

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  51. Oh John, poor you and of course poor Meg. At least you got her to eat something, a huge breakthrough. It doesn't matter if it is junk food if she likes the taste and it fills that poor little tummy it's good enough for now.

    Coconut oil is good and can be added to anything you give her, most supermarkets sell it now, it's in jars usually in the 'free from' section. Or Holland and Barretts.

    Love to you both. Xx

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  52. I don't comment much but read all the time. So sorry about Meg and the heartache you are going through. Lots of love.

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  53. oh John...my heart is with you and your Meg.

    i echo everyone else who said to let her eat anything she wants --- the body knows what it needs, even if we think it's shite.;) it could be she's needing higher fat contents.....which is a good source of calories [as our waistlines will tell us!]....anything to tempt her nose, which is the best guide when they're not well. sardines? my beloved Oscar wouldn't eat much in his last days, but sardines were a sure hit.

    sending so much love....xo

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  54. I do not even pretend to know the answer, but, have you tried her with chicken in white sauce, Lidl's is the best closely followed by Aldi's. Worth a try. Love Andie xxxxxxxxx

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  55. As long as Meg will eat something, it really doesn't matter how 'junky' it is.
    Our dogs and cats all loved Farley's rusks, mashed up with milk until fairly runny, it may be worth a try!

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  56. So sad for you and Meg.
    Give her a gentle hug for me-x-

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  57. You are probably in more pain than Meg. Take care, dear John.

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  58. I've been thinking of her and you the last couple of days. I know all too well the feelings you're having ... I know you're trying everything to get her to eat. I know you're well versed in all this, but I will only suggest that perhaps a pepcid to help settle any upset stomach (10 mgs will do it), and smelly canned cat food is also something that has worked for my dogs at these times...

    I've a feeling that the words from "Rudyard Kipling, The Power of the Dog" have crossed your mind a time or two these past few days... Sending vibes for you and Meg to have strength in the coming days.

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    1. Kim....alberts food has pricked her interest xxx

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  59. Poor Meg but at least there is something in her tummy now.

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  60. I was getting teary-eyed as well, with that sinking heart...until you told us about the "shitty pie" and how that grabbed her interest. Then, I smiled. I do so hope that's a good sign. You and Meg have been very much on my mind. It's just been so hard to know what to say, so I've been silent. We have been going through our fair share of heart ache with two of ours, so I know exactly how it feels. Not that that is helpful to you :(

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  61. I have just been reading others' comments and see a couple have suggested raw meat. I hesitated to say anything, as I know everyone has their own notions of what is best for our beloved dogs, but we feed a raw, prey-model diet. If you can get hold of raw, green (unwashed) tripe, it is very nutritious and stinky and all dogs love it.

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  62. A shepherd once said to me about dog food and appetite, if all else fails, give her what you're having.

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  63. I'm glad she ate something. It sounds heart-breaking the way you are worried about her and she's not eating.

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  64. I'm glad she ate something. It sounds heart-breaking the way you are worried about her and she's not eating.

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