Dog wont eat

posted 3 months ago in Pets
Post # 16
7710 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

She is beautiful! Please let us know what the vet says. I’ll be thinking of her.

Post # 18
9545 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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 # 20
676 posts
Busy bee

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
676 posts
Busy bee

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 # 23
676 posts
Busy bee

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
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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 # 26
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Oh no, I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to watch them suffer. Did he do xrays?

Post # 27
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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 # 29
10415 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

mel2 :  

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?

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