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Old 26-09-2008, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This thread is also known as Eve's dastardly and cunning plan!!!

It seems from the recent rash of threads posted about varying difficulties with our dogs going off their food, being fussy and generally not eating, that quite a few of us have non eating dogs - and as you may know Bramble is now 10 months old and has never eaten properly...

I think it is safe to say that all of us have been following intently the terrible traumas associated with Jades whelping, one thing that caught my eye was the point where Jade stopped eating and things that Di had done to try to persuade her to eat - something that all of us who have had to contend with a dog that does not want to eat can readily empathise with.

And Jules' reply and suggestion...really made me think - about Bramble - as you know I am always on the look out for any suggestions that may help me to get him to eat properly... Jules said

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Have you got any Sorb Vit B to give her ( http://www.animal-health.co.uk/eMerc...?idCategory=33 ), as I know a few people who have used this for dogs and horses to improve their appetites and it works wonders?
At that my ears pricked up - improve appetite? Off I went to have a look... the website said...

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Sorb Vit B is also wonderful for geriatrics and general debility, weight loss, shy and nervous dogs etc.
I thought it sounded promising - very promising - so ordered some....that was yesterday - it arrived this morning (hows that for service?!) too late for breakfast unfortunately BUT the blurb on the packet said

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A rapid tonic for weight gain, PICKY ANIMALS...
my capitals.....

I now have high hopes! Very high hopes!!!! Of course everything else I ahve tried has failed and there is nothing to say that this will work any better - but nothing ventured...

I thought I would share this so if anyone else wants to give it a go and see whether it helps their dog - I know how desperate I get so if this does help or gives someone the chance of trying something - its worth it

And of course a great big thank you to Jules who brought this to my attention in the first place!!! I shall be so thrilled and delighted if it works...

Bramble has been eating now for a couple of days - with persuasion and he is looking better - even though I over fed him the other day and gave him the runs... ops: ops:

Here is Bramble on 13 Sept - as you can see looking very thin




Here is he on 25th Sept - photo is blurry but I think you can see that he is looking better




And one tonight as a starter for this new regime...well until he turns his nose up! :roll: :roll: :roll:



I think he now looks significantly better thin but better - but we have been here before and then he refuses to eat - so first dose of tonic tonight....fingers crossed!

Hope this is of some help to someone!


Eve Neo and the soon to be porky Bramble


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Old 26-09-2008, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well eve good look to you with your cunning plan, but from the look on brambles face on that last photo, i think you have been rumbled :lol: :lol: bramble seems to be saying "so she thinks to get one over on me ha ha (wicked laff)i will show her "

but i hope with all my heart i am wrong eve and it works a treat :wink:


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Old 26-09-2008, 10:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Actually Sheila I think what he is saying is

" I'm cold and wet and hungry...will you quit faffing around with the camera and get me inside and fed!"

He had a lot of exercise today and was hungry - still played me up food wise but gave in quicker and ate 'cos he was hungry..


Fingers well and truly crossed!

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Hi Eve

Hope it works and if so I will be buying some!

I have two skinny dogs, one has an excuse but the other doesn't (hopefully not). He is the same age as Bramble and has the same 'look'.
When is Bramble's birthday? Logie is 22 November 2007.

Bramble is gorgeous and certainly looks like he is growing well enough!

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OOOH best of luck Eve will watch for updates :wink:
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Thank you all - will try to take photos and post regularly and keep you up to date with progress.... you never know!!!

Still I think the last pic is better than the first... I keep hoping he will start to eat properly ....

Thanks again for your support!

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Sorry Eileen Bramble was born on 7th November 2007

Thank you for your kind comments about him - he is quite lovely (not that I am biased at all ) and I am sure with a bit more meat on the bones would be stunning!!!

Lets hope we can get these pups sorted -will keep you updated!

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Oh Eve....Why didn't I think to mention it before :roll: .

We used it with recovering horses or ones that had had a stressful few weeks (travelling showjumpers all over the country puts some of them out a bit), as sometimes they would go off their food. I know people that have given it to sick or recovering dogs too for the same reason. I just never put 2 and 2 together to give it to a Healthy but Picky eater...but looking at those photos...I'm glad YOU did .

Bramble is such a handsome young man, although I doubt he'll EVER be Porky. Put it this way, I've seen more Setters that look like him in the first photo, than I have plump ones.....Like Greyhounds, Lurchers and the like, Setters don't seem to do "plump" :lol: .
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Fingers crossed this works for him Eve..

I don't think we (who haven't been through it) can appreciate how stressful it must be for you..

Chester thankfully was sorted within a matter of days, 3 days not eating, changed food, introduced a morning walk before breakfast, and he has never turned his nose up since, but even in those 3 short days, I was stressed.. I can't imagine what it must be like long term..

I really hope this works!! and you can see a difference in those pics, in just a short time.... and a lovely fushcia plant in the background!! (if thats what it is! I noticed it, as mum and dad just came back from holiday, and whilst I was looking after the cats, I forgot to water it, and she wasn't happy! ha

Fingers crossed for you x
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Ooooh that sounds really promising eve, really hope it works for you, i'll keep my fingers crossed

Marley still isnt eating his food properly either, he's gone off the JWB which he loved the other day :roll: so i've ordered some other food for him so we'll have to wait and see :roll:

If it works for you then i'll be buying that stuff too
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