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SmileNo9807

Also a tech, and a bit of a rant. You aren't a baby tech! You are a tech. 4 years is a good amount of time IMO. I know imposter syndrome is prevalent in the industry, but you do know what you are doing! I mean this in a supportive way! Like a lot of things, sometimes we just don't know. I have a vet that will trial them on antacids and such. We have a few dogs with bilious vomiting. Some improve with an added meal and some need meds. She could be upset you being gone and might get over it when she realizes you aren't gone for good. She could also be trying to get wet food cause she prefers it. I would try soaking her kibble and seeing if she will eat that. Then you would know if it is the food itself or a texture thing. If she chews other things, it is unlikely dental pain. If she got naseous after eating her kibble, it could put her off of it. Think of being ill after drinking too many screwdrivers (vodka and OJ). OJ is not the same for a looong time. It is a protective mechanism to prevent us from poisoning ourselves. Dogs don't have as many taste buds as humans and they don't change. I do think some dogs are picky with flavours, but I also think people encourage it to an extent. Every vet I have worked with would say they absolutely don't care about flavours. However, I have had dogs that would prefer a certain brand of cheese, which they rarely got. It does sound like this is an ongoing issue though. You can sometimes do all the diagnostics under the sun and get limited answers, but as the owner that is up to you. You could even do an intestinal biopsy to look for IBD or a bunch of different blood panels. Speaking of IBD, have your tried her on a hypo or hydrolyzed diet? You can also leave for on a GI diet long term if she does well on it and eats the kibble. I would also check the food you are feeding. Does it smell and look normal? When is the expiry date? Foods can mold before their expiry if they aren't packaged or stored properly. Sometimes you get a bad bag. If you are wanting to change foods, I do like Royal Canin the best. Even their pet store line is great. They are just a bit more expensive. My second favourite is Purina. They have their enteric line and HA. Also, essential care through clinics. They obviously have a ton of different pet store lines. You could also just switch to the different protein version of the food she is on to see if it makes a difference. There is lots you can do! I wouldn't panic yet. I love to over think things and panic myself because I know what the worst case is and automatically think that is what it will be! I would do some investigating - check out her current bag and try soaking it if it looks okay. If she will eat another kibble fine, I wouldn't be too worried. If it keeps happening with different kibbles, then it may warrent some more investigating.


StolenDiscs

Thank you for your kind words and insight, I very much appreciate the time you took to write out your response. I was wondering about a tooth too but she was happily chewing on the Z/D “treats” (just kibble but huge so we use them as treats at the clinic) like normal, so that blew that theory out of the water LOL but I was wondering the same about the bag of food, I did buy it maybe a month ago now and completely forgot about the soaking it experiment, I will try this and see what comes of it! The wet food has been the Royal Canin ID so I was wondering if maybe I should start incorporating the dry version of it to see if she’ll start eating that for dry, I’m at the clinic tomorrow and that’s the line they carry and they’ll take back open bags so if she doesn’t like it, at least I tried? I did start offering 3 small meals since Monday of the wet food throughout the day and she’s eating it and seeming to have been holding it down too. I was also wondering if maybe now if she has had a bad (for lack of better wording) with her regular food and that’s what is making her turn her nose up to it. I guess our roommate put out her regular dry food for her tonight and my boyfriend said she definitely ate some of it. It is unfortunate he offered it to her in a sense because he doesn’t know what’s going on with her currently and I don’t want him to inadvertently make it worse for her, I’m hoping my boyfriend let him know but I will have to confirm and send a message. I did some blood work on her about a month ago and that was all WNL but that was the next step I was thinking of pursuing although she does seem pretty normal now, but you are right about the over thinking and panic part, I thought being in the field would make that subside, but I think it’s fed into it with all the different things we encounter. I was also considering a GI panel or AUS. I will definitely pursue next steps to investigate further and try to put my mind at ease. Once again, thank you for your insight and time! It’s nice to be able to have someone else weigh in, especially another person in the field 🥰 thank you for all your continuous care and hard work!


StolenDiscs

Hello! I just wanted to give an update if you were curious. I just got a bag of the Royal Canin GI dry and she very enthusiastically ate everything and was totally acting back to her normal crazy food driven self yesterday, I’m so relieved! Thank you again for your insight!


SmileNo9807

Awesome to hear! 🥳