Post # 16
We adopted our dog last year and she would go through periods of not wanting to eat. The vet put her on Pepcid- for heart burn and stomach upset. And now she takes it twice a day and she is fine. I hope it’s something that simple with your dog too.
Post # 17
She is beautiful! Please let us know what the vet says. I’ll be thinking of her.
Post # 18
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
mel2 : I haven’t read the previous replies, but have them check her teeth! She may have a broken or infected tooth. Did you try feeding her soft food? I hope she’s ok!
Post # 19
We got her to eat a few bites of chicken and she licked the gravy from the canned food. Still drinking water.
her back legs are much weaker and she’s having a harder time getting up. She can walk ok, but getting up is a challenge.
Post # 20
mel2 : She’s a beauty! I wouldn’t guess her to be 11. Hopefully it’s something easily fixed that’s causing her discomfort. I’ve lost many dogs, and usually when end of life is near, they’re typically lethargic and quiet. Most of my dogs I’ve lost to cancer, and they actually never completely went off of food. They typically ate a little something right up until their last days. I’m wondering if your girl has a blockage she’s not passing. Have her poops been hard or abnormal looking?
Post # 21
mel2 : Just read your recent post. Back leg weakness could mean degenerative melopathy, or a spinal injury. If she’s panting a lot, she could be showing signs of pain. Dogs often won’t eat if they’re feeling discomfort. If her health starts to decline rapidly tonight, do you have an emergency vet you can take her to?
Post # 22
Thank you. Yes we do. She’s resting on the floor by us now.
Her poops have been normal but she’s going a little less now that she is eating less.
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Post # 23
mel2 : Her symptoms could also be lyme disease. Where I live, it’s vaccinated against. Not sure if you have any incidences of it in your area. Whatever it is, I’ll be keeping her in my thoughts tonight, and I hope the vet figures it out quickly. Poor girl.
Post # 24
mel2 : please update us later. Lucy looks like a really lovely gentle girl and I really hope it’s something reversible and treatable xx
Post # 25
Went to the vet. He did bloodwork and we are still waiting on those results (should get a call today). He said he thought there might be something “internal” going on but didnt get more specific. (Diabetes? Cancer? Liver? who knows??)
He also thinks she may have a slipped/herniated disc in her back, this is common with her breed mix. He found sensitive spots in her lower back. He gave her a cortisone shot and prescriptions for cortisone and gabipentin (for pain).
She still isnt eating and her back legs keep giving out more and more. Shes drinking lots of water and throwing it up.
We got the pills in last night but it was a battle. This morning she bit us twice when we tried so we let her be for now (not hard, shes a sweetie but just scared). The pain meds didnt seem to make a big difference last night but I presume the cortisone would take more time for noticeable improvement.
The vet kind of hinted at her being an 11 year old dog and considering how much we wanted to do.
I feel like this may be the end for her but maybe the bloodwork will be clear and we can just treat the back issues. For now we are just giving her extra love and trying to make her comfortable. Im hoping for good new but not really expecting it.
Ill update when we know more. Thank you everyone for your kind words and support <3
Post # 26
Oh no, I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to watch them suffer. Did he do xrays?
Post # 27
mel2 : I’m so very sorry! It sounds like she’s in a lot of pain, esp. if she’s starting to nip at you. My Doxie had a lot of disc issues, but the meds and crate rest always helped. Make sure you are giving pepcid with the gapapentin.
If the bloodwork is good, then look into acupuncture for the back issues. It was a life saver for us.
Post # 28
mcoutinho : Not yet. He said to do bloodwork first. My hunch is he feels like she has other issues and he doesnt want to rack up a bunch of bills if there are multiple issues going on. Hes a really good vet and can tell from symptoms and exam that the back issue is pretty likely. He just trying to determine if there are other things so we can make a plan with a full picture. Anxiously awaiting the call today so we can figure it out.
letsdothisthing : Thank you for this. She only nipped when we tried to give her medication. Normally id put it in a treat or peanut butter but since she wont eat we have to basically pry her mouth open and drop it down her throat. I told the vet i didnt think she would let us do it. Its a battle to do twice a day bc now she knows what we are doing and is fighting us more. Ugh, wish I could talk and explain it to her.
Post # 29
Oh, how I wish I was there. I could show you how to get a pill down a dog’s throat fast and without getting bitten. There is a pressure point on each side of the dog’s lower jaw, right about the mid point. If you cup your hand under her jaw and press the points, the jaw just magically pops open.
I wonder if there are YouTube videos showing the points. The points are not hard to find. Just feel around. Once her jaw drops, shove that pill as far back as you can (you can coat it with butter; they love it) and shut her mouth with your hands, tilting her head up. Stroke her throat until she swallows so she can’t spit it out.
It sounds like a big trauma, but it’s not. You can learn to do this smoothly and quickly. In all of my 30+ years, I’ve only had one dog fail.
Will she take canned food? How about butter (don’t let her lick it off the pill)? You can call the vet and ask if the cortisone (prednisone?) can be crushed. I’m guessing the gabapentin is a capsule.
Raw hamburger was the thing that worked on my one fail.
Don’t lose heart yet. A lower back disc problem can cause exactly the symptoms you describe. A combo of pred and gaba should work wonders if that’s the problem.
I will be very interested in the results of her panel.
Did the vet have an estimate of Lucy’s age?
Post # 30
sassy411 : You are amazing! Thank you for giving me such good advice and hope. Im sure there is a youtube video or google article and I will definitely look into those pressure points!
She wont eat anything… but we havent tried raw hamburger yet so we can try that. Ill also try the butter tip!
Gosh I hope its just the back issue and she can feel better, that would be amazing!
She was a puppy at the shelter we got her from so he didnt seem to think her age was off.