* Weaning was done too early. This will cause a Maltese to be unable to handle "real" food.
If you have brought Boots to a vet already, shame on him for not having you adjust her diet in case this is the reason!
A owner must then start from the beginning. Wet dog food should be
introduced very slowly while weaning the pup with milk replacer. Water
must be mixed into the wet dog food to form a very fluid substance.
A dog's digestive system must be slowly taught to handle normal dog food.
* Kennel Cough could be a
possible reason, but you do not mention that Boots has any symptoms of
this which include coughing of course, discharge of white puss from the
mouth and sometimes pink eye.
* A blockage could be present in the
throat, stomach or intestines - this will only get worse and worse
without medical treatment and most likely surgery.
There are steps you can take to help your puppy eat while you are
waiting for the medical tests:
*If your Maltese is not suffering from early
weaning, the answer is most certainly that she is sick and/or in pain.
Pain will cause a dog to be unable to eat. As we stated above, you
must take immediate action to save your puppy's life. She can not
go on living like this and needs professional medical help from an
experienced veterinarian right away. Beginning now, you can try to
make eating a bit easier for her:
* Give your puppy only wet dog
food with some water mixed in. If her pain is in her stomach or she
has a digestive disease, solid food will be brutal on her system. Make
the food to mimic soup.
* Offer her very small amounts of food
through the day. Most puppies eat 3 times a day. For your Maltese,
feed her very small amounts, 8-10 times a day. She should be able to
get down a couple of bites each time. By the end of the day, she will
hopefully be close to the amount of calories she needs.
Please remember that the above is not the final answer. Medical
testing must be done to find out why your puppy is not eating. To not
do so, would be to allow your Maltese to suffer terribly. This is not your
fault, it is the responsibility of experienced animal doctors who have
sworn an oath to protect the lives of animals to do all that is
possible to diagnose Boots.