Dog is not eating, sleeping a lot…

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
5208 posts
Bee Keeper

Scorpio88:  ((((((((hugs)))))))))

So sorry . I hope you get good news. I think you should prepare yourself for the worst though. 16 is pretty old for a pup. Hopefully it is just something minor and she still has some time left.

Post # 3
242 posts
Helper bee

my thoughts are with you for a good prognosis.

Post # 4
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m so sorry.Its so hard when our pets get older. I hope you get somr good new back!

Post # 5
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Scorpio88:  🙁 poor you and fur baby!

Well the good news is that she is still drinking water, that’s a really good sign that she might still have some time with you. Hopefully just a bug or something. Of course the reality is tha you’ll have to be ready for the inevitable at some point, 16 is very old even for that breed. You are SO LUCKY to have had your pup for such a long time!!

Post # 8
2114 posts
Buzzing bee

Scorpio88:  i am so sorry.

i haven’t had any experience with this, but I do know what itlike to not know whats wrong and feel helpless waiting for your pets results. 

I would watch her over the next few days. It normally takes 3 days for the penicillin to kick in, if by the 4th day she has no improvement, take her to a different vet. 

But it’s a good sign that the vet was not too concerned. 

Post # 9
6667 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

16 years is a good life for a dog. I think if it was anything urgent the vet would have you come back sooner- but most likely your dog is just getting old- and there is sadly no cure for that 🙁 sorry!

Post # 10
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

That is almost the exact description of symptoms before my 12 year old boxer passed in February. I had her since I was 14, trained and showed her. She was my family dog and my baby. 

I am so sorry you are going through this. ((hugs))

Post # 11
2256 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Scorpio88:  Did they do labwork? In an older dog with vomiting and loss of appetite, I’d be worried about kidney failure amongst many many other things. If they didn’t do labwork, I’d definitely be seeing another vet ASAP! 

Post # 12
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Scorpio88:  Alright tough love here. This is coming from someone who absolutely adores their 11 year old dog like he is my baby. 16 is old…very old. Not eating and fatigue is a bad sign. If your dog is suffering from some type of organ failure at that age, there won’t be anything that they can do. If it is an infection, which would be your best case scenario, then the penicillin should help. Toy breeds do not do well under anesthesia to start with–especially when they are old and sick. So investigating an ailment that would require surgical intervention would most likely subject your baby (and you) to needless stress of diagnosing something that cannot be fixed. And if whatever it is has already caused the symptoms you are describing, it is probably too far along to really help with medical treatment. You also need to think about how much you want to put her through to prolong her life for a few days, weeks, or months, because at 16 it’s not going to be years. I hope that this ends up being treatable and you get a few years left with your baby, but the agony of pet ownership is that there comes a time when we have to let go. If it were me, I would start to think about quality instead of quantity. Make her as comfortable as possible. Spoil her. And as impossible as it may seem, start to plan how you want to say goodbye–when the time comes. I am so sorry for what you’re going through. It brings tears to my eyes just imagining it. My thoughts are with you and your pup.

Post # 13
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would get a second opinion, honestly. My beloved Labrador retriever had to be put down 2 years ago at age 13 (which is old for labs). He wasn’t eating or drinking, and we found him shaking in a corner (NOT trying to say it’s the same situation as yours!) The day before, he had fallen and it turns out, the fall ruptured his spleen. We had to put him down for his comfort. If your baby doesn’t seem more comfortable soon, I’d probably go to another vet. I hope I’m wrong, but like PP said, your dog has lived a very full life! best of luck and I hope all works out!

Post # 15
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Scorpio88:  Im so so sorry for your loss 🙁 Try to focus on the amazing long life she had with you, and not on the pain of her not being here anymore.

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