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sick dog- please help

my dog is a year and a half. He is a wolf hybrid also. He hasn't been eating very well. He refuses to eat any of his dog food, he was never very fond of it to begin with ( we've tried many different brands, dry and wet food) and he used to eat some of it but now he just refuses all together. He also would jump for any type of human food and would gladly eat it, but now he is starting to refuse that. My cat also passed recently for unknown reasons, he was sort of close to my cat so I'm wondering if it's because of depression. We are taking him to the vet on monday. Please any advise that you have will be greatly apreciated.
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You're doing the best thing by taking him to a vet.  If he rules out a physical problem then you have to look at a psychological problem.  Since you have a wolf hybrid, he has certain needs that must be fulfilled related to his wolf DNA, which tends to be much stronger than whatever domestic breed his parent was.  Mother Nature built him to travel for miles every day in search of food.  Are you able to take him on long walks before meals?  The wolf DNA demands more exercise than a fully domesticated dog.

Does he spend his life with his human pack or is he primarily left alone all day?  Wolves are far more needy where socializing is concerned.  Does he have a place on your property to dig a den?  As many hybrid owners discover, wolfdogs and landscaping generally don't work well together.  LOL!  The urge to dig a den can be very strong and must be satisfied.  If he chooses one particular spot, give it over to him and focus on the rest of the yard for landscaping.

Foodwise, wolves need more protein than domestic dogs.  You might try him on a raw food diet.  Check with your vet on how to properly implement that diet if you decide to try it.
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thank you! I will try all these things. There is always someone here for him...
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It's so true what Jaybay says about wolves. I have always loved wolves, and have met a few wolf-hybrid dogs. They were beautiful creatures, and gentle (to me, when I met them, anyway) and I made a sudden strong connection with them. But it struck me very clearly that they were not exactly the same as an ordinary dog.
Of course it does depend on how much of the wolf dna the hybrid inherits. More wolf dna inherited = needs that are very different from domestic dogs, even though they may be faithful, house-friendly, obedient....whatever. More dog dna =more ability to adapt to domestic life as most people know it.
(Gosh! Even I find it difficult to adapt to domestic life as most people know it! (lol!)

Certainly it might be a more natural approach to try including more meat and fish in his diet, (rather than canned or cereal-rich kibble) and the raw food diet might be worth invetsigating.

Another thing is that, wolf or dog -they are capable of deep grieving when a companion passes on.  This nearly always expresses itself as loss of appetite, and in turn a loss of energy. I met someone the other day who had a hard time feeding her dog for 6 weeks after her other dog  (its companion) died. However, all was well in the end, after some hand feeding rituals, and a lot of hard work. The dog is perfectly OK now.
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I have a wolf hybrid he's alittle nuts but super loving.  My first question would be are there any other symptoms other than not eating?  Have you tried boiled bonless chicken?  I do agree with the other post my dogs do eat raw but you would have to transition your guy over to it and now is not the time to transition.  Also my other question is what type of neighborhood do you live in, seems like a stupid question but if it is the suburbs my males get like that if there is a female around in heat. He is at the right age for this if he is not neutered.  Mine can loose 10 pounds.  If he eats our of your hand feed him the boiled chicken by hand it might work, if it doesn't as long as he is drinking you will be ok until you get him to the vet.  you can even try some broth in his water.
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Don't feed your dog anything except Solid Gold. I learned this the hard way, tried EVERY brand out there. There is nothing better. Take my word for it, I buy the Wolf King.  I have not had to take either of my dogs to the vet for anything ever since I started this, it is like Manna from Heaven for them. A little costly, but worth every penny, they do not need anything else except water when you feed them this.
Hope this helps you, it changed my whole life by learning about Solid Gold, and my dogs mean the world to me.

Jake.
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almost forgot, I also have a half dog, he is a Coy.  His ways are very wild and he will not eat unless he has been for a long, long walk in the wilds.  The days that he does not get his walk he will not eat.  They still feel that they have to hunt to eat and that is just part of their nature.  Dont worry, take your time and try and really get to know his ways, it will be very rewarding.....Good Luck !!!!!
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Sorry, my messages were for rg4liff, my mistake.....Don't feed your dog anything except Solid Gold. I learned this the hard way, tried EVERY brand out there. There is nothing better. Take my word for it, I buy the Wolf King.  I have not had to take either of my dogs to the vet for anything ever since I started this, it is like Manna from Heaven for them. A little costly, but worth every penny, they do not need anything else except water when you feed them this.
Hope this helps you, it changed my whole life by learning about Solid Gold, and my dogs mean the world to me.

Jake.
almost forgot, I also have a half dog, he is a Coy.  His ways are very wild and he will not eat unless he has been for a long, long walk in the wilds.  The days that he does not get his walk he will not eat.  They still feel that they have to hunt to eat and that is just part of their nature.  Dont worry, take your time and try and really get to know his ways, it will be very rewarding.....Good Luck !!!!!
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*update* we took him to the vet. It turns out that he has this rare desease called myasthenia gravis.  They say that 50% of dogs who get it will go into remission 6 months to a year after being diagnosed. I've talked to my dad about the raw food diet and the long walks and as soon as he starts getting a bit better, we are going to transition into those things. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Now that's a new one.  I had no idea dogs could get myasthenia gravis.  I am so thankful you took him in to a vet - and an apparently good one at that.  Diagnosis is half the battle in fighting illness, so at least you know what you're dealing with.  I hope you'll stay in touch and keep us up on his progress.  :-)
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