Post # 1
We rescued our dog Lucy when she was 8 years old from the local Humane Society. She is an amazing dog and we love her. She turned 11 in January and we know adopting an older dog meant we would have less time with her, but we thought she deserved a loving family for however long she had
About a 10 days ago she started skipping meals and acting more lethargic. This has happened before and passed in a day or two so we have kept an eye on her. She started eating again and acting normal after a couple days
Then a few days later she started skipping meals again and acting lethargic again. She was still drinking and eating some so we have been watching. Well, last night and this morning she is refusing all food including treats and peanut butter.
We have a vets appt scheduled tomorrow but Im really worried she is dying 🙁 Hoping the vet has better new but not too optimistic.
Anyone elses dog done this and been ok? Ive never had a dog die before so i dont really know what to expect and if thats whats going on.
Post # 2
What is her breed? Is she drinking? I would put some pedialite in her water if she isn’t drinking as much as usual.
While it isn’t a good sign, it doesn’t immediately signify end of life. Good that you are taking her to the vet tomorrow.
Until then you can get creative and try some other human foods.. plain yogurt..shredded chicken.. green beanrs… blueberries… maybe at some point before the appointment she will have a snack.
Sorry to hear and hoping for good news.
Post # 3
I don’t really have any good advice, but this is similar to what happened with my lab last year. She was 11. Unfortunately, she was losing her appetite due to bone cancer. Her appetite fluctuated for probably a month, but we weren’t too worried about it. One day, she tried to get onto the couch and hurt her leg. She wouldn’t put any weight on it, so we went to the vet for xrays. We found out she had bone cancer in her knee, which explained the loss of appetite. I hope you get better news. We fed her whatever we could get her to eat…chicken, bone broth, peanut butter, oatmeal with peanut butter. I wish you the best, though!! Is she still drinking water?
Post # 4
Glad you are getting her seen.
Keep in mind, that unless the shelter had absolute knowledge of her birthday, she could be far older than 11. Shelters tend to assign younger ages to help with adoption.
But only you know your dog. For me, mine never EVER refused food for several days in a row, even when he had terrible GI distress. I had always said I would use that as a sign. At the end, for a couple of weeks, I could get him to eat ground chicken with broth or ground turkey with veggies, and then he flat out refused. The day he crossed the bridge, I tried to entice him McDonalds fries (his absolute fav thing), and nothing. So I made the call that day.
So sorry to hear. It would be so much easier if they could talk and tell us what’s wrong.
Post # 5
My dog (who is usually food obsessed) will randomly skip a meal or two. The first few times she did it it worried me, but she has always had a pretty sensitive stomach, so it usually just means that she ate something that disagreed with her (we have a toddler and as hard as we try, we can’t stop her entirely from eating scraps that get tossed her way. Or rabbit poop from our yard. Or God-knows what else she randomly decides to eat). I’m very glad you are taking her to the vet, but try not to worry TOO much!
Post # 6
averyj : She is a Golden Retreiver/German Shepherd mix per the shelter… but who knows? Vet previously said they thought she might be part boxed based on her teeth and chest. She looks like a short hair GR with a GS tail. She was about 65 lbs but has lost weight in the last week.
I tried peanut butter earlier. My friend suggested plain boiled chicken breast and rice so we are trying that tonight. Also going to pick up wet food bc she likes that usually. When she first started skipping meals I was adding beef broth to her dry food and that helped, but now she just isnt eating anything.
mcoutinho : Yes she is still drinking water. I have brought the bowl to her a few times and shes taken extra drinks, she will also get up and drink on her own so i think thats a positive sign short term. So sorry to hear about your lab.
letsdothisthing : Yes! I wish she could talk. Her eyes look so sad but she isnt making any noises/whimpering. Shes the sweetest thing though and wouldnt really complain.
Fortunately she was a puppy at the same humane society I adopted her from. The family had her from puppy to 8 years old and then lost their home so they couldnt keep her. So we are pretty certain on her age.
sandiegobee : Yes I would say Lucy has a sensitive stomach too. I dont worry about a skipped meal here or there but anything lasting more than a couple days makes me perk up and pay more attention. Thanks for the support 🙂
Post # 7
mel2 : wet food actually worked best for us, too. She ate some wet food after she had even turned down chicken and ground beef. I was shocked. Good luck!
Post # 8
OP Ms. Lucy is in my thoughts. Try a rotisserie chicken to entice her appetite. When my baby was going through chemo he pretty much survived off of rotisserie chicken because it was the only thing he wanted. Dogs love the smell!
Post # 9
mel2 : It could be so many things; she isn’t necessarily dying.
My mom’s older aussie did the same thing; turned out she had a tooth that had begun rotting and her gum was infected/inflamed and sore. Once this was taken care of she went on to live another 3 years. My younger dog stopped eating; turned out he had worms (even though he was taking the prevention meds..). Once the worms were treated he was eating again. It could be stress, allergies, senstive stomach, worms, fleas and obviously it could be something more serious. Has your dog been having diarrhea or throwing up? Good luck with the vet tomorrow, I hope it’s a quick and easy fix.
Post # 10
My old terrier didn’t eat reliably as long as I had her. I adopted her at 12 and couldn’t tell if she was old and sick or just picky! She did really well with scrambled egg – that usually got her eating.
It could be her teeth, she could be in pain from arthritis or something, or it could just be that she’s old and picky. Don’t worry too much until there’s something to worry about!
But do try giving her scrambled eggs. That might be appetizing.
Post # 11
Oh, poor darling Lucy. And, there is a special place in heaven waiting for you for taking in a precious senior dog. They are so special and deserve lots of love. Thank you for being there for Lucy.
As for her eating behavior; the possibilities are almost endless. Getting her to the vet is the right thing. For now, encourage her to eat bland food. The boiled chicken and rice is spot on.
I agree with letsdothisthing; shelters are not reliable sources of information about pets’ histories. They do a lot of guessing. I’ve often been amazed at how far off they can be in determining breeds and breed Xs.
Dogs will often do an amazingly good job of hiding their symptoms. It’s a throwback. In the wild, any displays of illness or weakness could get them killed or abandoned. The instinct carries over in some of our dogs. We can’t really count on them to “tell” us when they’re sick or in pain. We have to rely on observable behaviors and subtle changes in their appearance. Unless you happen to have one of caninedom’s drama queens. They do exist, too.
For now, I would baby and pamper Lucy as much as you can. Let her know you love her.
And please keep us posted as to what the vet says.
Oh, you do know pics are mandatory on all dog related threads, right?
Post # 12
Good point. Those dreadful accessed teeth can make life absolutely miserable for our dogs. If you have veered suffered with one, you know.
Post # 13
sassy411 : Thank you so much for your kind words! We are lucky to have her – Im confident we got the best dog from the shelter that day! Senior dogs are great – they already know routines – she meshed right in with our family.
We have been giving her lots of extra love and pets as we noticed she wasnt feeling well. Between my fiance and I and the 3 kids she gets lots of attention. My son says shes “his” dog, and the two 9 year old girls love to lay on the floor and pet her/cuddle next to her. We’ve made sure they know to be gentle and not lay on her or anything since she had some arthritis when we got her.
I work from home so I definitely pick up when anything is off. I know her routines and she was a very regular dog – for example whenever fed she would eat all of her food within a few minute so very easy to notice when she left food in the bowl or didnt eat.
Ill update after the vets tomorrow for sure. And below are a couple pics – birthday last year and hanging out on our patio about two weeks ago 🙂
Post # 14
Awwwwwww. I can see what a sweet, darling girl she is. What a little angel. She looks like a girl who would love to have kids in her life.
I am so happy that you adopted her. You and Lucy will be in my thoughts.
Thank you for the lovely pics.
Post # 15
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Do you take her to the groomer often? I know with my dog that if he doesn’t get his anal glands expressed regularly he becomes lethargic. Just a thought.