I have a 12 yr. old German Shepherd mix male dog. I went to the vet and everything, he checked out fine. We took him in because he drinks a lot of water and all of a sudden he stopped eating his dog food.
We mix it with wet for 12 yr. and add water. We even switched food. He doesn't get much table scraps to live on and he gets one Greenie a day. He just won't eat. I've hand fed him.
I'm at a loss as to what to do next? Any help besides he'll eat when he's hungry? I'm use to him eating once a day. He use to eat twice. I know his metabolism is low. But what else can I do for him?
By _Snug212_ from Hag., MD
I would get a second opinion. I wish I had done that with my dog that passed on. One vet said he was fine and she died the next morning.
Hello, please go to another Vet. Asap. A dog that does not eat is an emergency.
I owned a dog who had a high water intake suddenly and was gaining weight excessively. Turned out he had liver cancer and we had to put him to sleep. He was ten years old. With older dogs you can expect health problems. There's something going on with your pet the vet may have overlooked same as the one we had did on his first check up for the issue. To help better diagnose the condition; note on paper throughout the day any changes, how much food and fluid intake, take his temperature, and note his behavior changing such as sleeping more or appear unrestful. I did this for my dog and the vet after hearing all the symptoms, she called me in a second time and did a more thorough exam because she said something wasn't right. I wasn't expecting to learn it was terminal cancer. It was so progressed, we had little time to adjust to the news.
Lorelei has very good suggestions and you might want to consider getting a second opinion from a different vet if your vet still says everything is fine after giving detailed information.
Also agree here that Lorelei has some good suggestions.
You did mention a Greenie a day, though and you may want to read this CNN news piece from a couple of years back:
I remember seeing this when we were getting ready to bring our present dog home as a pup--if you Google "Greenies problems, Greenies danger" an awful lot of sources come up. In some dogs, the Greenies can have the effect of expanding like sponges and have been connected to intestinal blockages and deaths. This includes larger dogs as well as little ones.
Have you mentioned the Greenies daily to your vet? If you have, and your doc doesn't give that a second look with a series of Xrays, I'd go with a second opinion. Though your pup is a senior dog and his symptoms could be from many, many things--the digestive problems he's having also reflect some of the reports of dogs sickened by those treats.
My dog Rusty will eat can food and moist and meaty so I guess that is what we will be feeding him from now on. He won't eat his dry food. I don't think he has a blockage or he wouldn't be going to the bathroom. He has eaten greenies his whole life. We had KFC the other day and he ate like a pig off that. The vet took his blood work to check for things and it all came back normal. Plus, he's active, he plays with us and his toys, he attacks his daddy's leg when he goes outside to clean up yard. My neighbor said that he looked fine and in good health too. We was hoping he would stay around for at least another year or two. Thanks.
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Jacquelyn from Laurel, MS
Are you just trying to get your dog to eat it's regular food? You need to try a "treat" like cheese or deli meat. If your dog will not eat a treat that is a sure sign that something is wrong.
I lost my beloved Buster because I hadn't noticed that he had not eaten in a few days. I tried his favorite treats, but he was not interested so we rushed him to the emergency vet. Turns out he had a tumor type growth in his abdomen that had burst and filled his insides with poison. He didn't get to come home.
A short while after that I had a co-worker telling me that her dog had not eaten in 2 days, treats or otherwise. I begged her to take her dog to the vet immediately. She reluctantly left work and called later to tell us that the vet had found a blockage. He had to have surgery. She sincerely thanked me later, because she would have waited if I didn't push so hard.
I am not trying to scare you, but basically the only way they can tell us something is wrong is through their eating and going habits. Please take him to the vet to rule anything out, especially if there is other abnormal behaviour. Laying in a new spot, restless, can't seem to get comfy? These could be signs of pain or discomfort.
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Tracey from Jacksonville, FL
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Things to look for:
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