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How can I get my dog to eat when he doesn't have an appetite?

My dog has early-stage CRF. I've switched his diet to more kidney-friendly foods, but he generally refuses to eat. He'll sniff food, then turn his head away from it. Sometimes I can get him to eat a few bites of food if I put some in his mouth first. He might spit it out and smack his lips, but in those cases he'll eat two or three more bites of whatever I'm feeding him, then get back to avoiding the food.

What are some ways I can get him to eat? Any foods or strategies for getting his appetite stimulated? He's still lively when we go on walks, but he just shuts down when he'd normally be eating. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am very sorry your dog is not eating. I love dogs and it can be very upsetting. I found a link that I attached below. I hope your dog gets better soon. I also hope this will be useful while you wait for an expert to answer you.
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November 19th, 2010
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