What should you feed your sick dog?

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We all hate being sick. It reduces our appetite and brings our energy level to an all-time low. Exactly the same thing happens to our adorable ball of fur too. The most common illnesses seen in dogs is an upset stomach. Diarrhea, vomiting, kidney or liver disease, intestinal parasites can cause them to be sick too.

Symptoms that your dog is sick

Dogs cannot communicate to you when they are in pain or not feeling well. You need to be proactive and check for the following symptoms to ascertain that your dog is ill.

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Aversion from water.
  • Difficulty in walking.
  • Loose stools.
  • Excessive sleeping.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Itchy skin.

When your puppy is sick, they stop eating and do not play all day. It hurts to watch them be sick. Getting them to eat nutritious food for a speedy recovery can become a challenge in itself. Would the same chicken noodle soup that makes us feel so much better work for our puppies too? Here is a list of food items to feed your dog when they are sick.

Water

Make sure to boil and then cool the water. Feed your dog small amounts of water at regular intervals throughout the day. If they are extremely reluctant to drink water, you can use a dropper. Keeping your dog hydrated,when they are sick, is extremely important.

Shredded boiled chicken

Chicken is a great source of nutrition for your dog. Do not add any spices and simply boil some chicken. Shred-it to make it easier for your dog to consume it.

Boiled rice

Well cooked rice is another nutritious yet light food for your sick dog. Serve the rice in small portions to your dog. You can pair it up with shredded boiled chicken too.

Mashed pumpkin or sweet potato

Mashed pumpkin or sweet potato is soft and easy to digest. You can also feed them the canned pumpkin variety. Make sure that it does not have any additional sugar since that can further upset your puppy’s tummy. Also, do not use sweet potato for diabetic dogs.

Bone broth

Bone broth is extremely mild and gentle on your dog’s tummy. You can use turkey or chicken legs to boil in water. Remember to scoop out the layer of fat that forms on top of the broth after it has cooled down. As an additional precaution, strain the broth to remove all small bones.

Boiled eggs

If you see your dog getting a little better, you can try and feed them a fully boiled egg. It is high in protein, but do not force it on your pup if they do not feel like eating it. They might not be ready for an egg yet.