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My dog isn t eating but acting normal otherwise.

What is the possible cause?

Anxiety?

What should I do?

Hello. My dog has been acting strangely for a few days now. He goes inside when we go outside, then comes back out, seems confused, and sits in the yard. He has been a little lethargic for awhile too. The vet we saw last week said that he had a minor UTI (which had apparently resolved) and heartworm. That was done about a month ago, so he should be fine right? This is what his last blood work looked like...

This is from 2 weeks ago. His total proteins and albumin are both within range, and his calcium level was normal. His liver enzymes (ALT, ALT, AST) were all around normal as well. And there is this:

That was from about a month ago.

He s been on heartworm meds (which were started when I noticed his last vet visit), but I did a quick Google search and found out that the medication should not take any more than a week to have an effect.

So my question is, are these results just him trying to tell me that there is something else wrong with him, or could they be cause for concern? He s very healthy otherwise.

Thanks.

June 30th, 2009, 06:30 PM

bluelily

He is looking pretty lethargic. If the vet can't find anything else wrong and his heartworm meds are not making him worse, he could be a little anemic.

June 30th, 2009, 06:38 PM

Catsmum

He sounds like an anemic patient! I'd want to see a veterinarian who specialises in dogs get to work on him!

June 30th, 2009, 06:44 PM

Cinci4Cinci

You want to get him tested for anemia. If not now, the next time you get a chance to go get him into a vet and pay. I'd say they'd want to know if he has any health issues before they do a workup.

June 30th, 2009, 07:05 PM

bluelily

Yeah, I had my thought and I know a lot of vets wouldn't want to do it (he's in a boarding facility and the place I'm going to take him when it's fixed is 3-4 hours away), but I figured they would just assume he was anemic.

July 01st, 2009, 09:06 AM

catmom1

Sorry... I just realized that I was answering my own question. I would just have to get the testing done before I could bring him in for any sort of treatment.

Thank you both.

August 01st, 2009, 06:20 AM

mollycat

Quote:

Originally Posted by bhkmom

He's got no insurance at all, and his owner is going to be living with us until this is fixed.

That's what I'm concerned about. I've already had a horrible experience with a puppy a few years ago, and I don't know if I want to be dealing with another thing. I don't want to end up in court over a dog (I still have nightmares from that experience), but he's got no one else to call but us and we want to make sure he's okay.

Thank you all for your advice.

August 01st, 2009, 06:31 AM

mollycat

I didn't want to leave him all alone. We would have to figure out where to get him some food and supplies, and we wanted to find someone who could help us with his condition, since this isn't something the vet I usually use can help with. That's why I posted on here. I wanted to make sure I wasn't making a huge mistake.

August 01st, 2009, 08:22 AM

Karen

Thanks for all the help. I appreciate it!

August 01st, 2009, 08:52 AM

Mikki

Quote:

Originally Posted by mollycat

I've never had a sick dog, let alone one that I was going to need to treat. I didn't know how to act. I have another friend in my neighborhood that has had their dog treated for diabetes, and it's been a rough two years for her and her pup. I was worried that I wasn't going to be able to handle a puppy with a chronic illness.

You'll do fine. :) I used to have 3 rescue dogs, and I worked for the rescue organization. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, though. I took a sick puppy to my vet. It was still a rough experience.

August 01st, 2009, 10:00 AM

mollycat

Thanks for the kind words. I'm so glad we were able to help him, but I will admit I was a little worried about him. He didn't seem that sick to me when I got him at the shelter. I'm really grateful for your reassurance. :)

August 01st, 2009, 10:21 AM

mikki

Quote:

Originally Posted by Karen

Thanks for the kind words. I'm so glad we were able to help him, but I will admit I was a little worried about him. He didn't seem that sick to me when I got him at the shelter. I'm really grateful for your reassurance. :)

You are not alone. If there is something that is bothering you or something you don't know what to do about, just ask. That is what rescues are all about. We have been so blessed to help some wonderful dogs and cats and in the long run it all adds up!

August 01st, 2009, 10:45 AM

Karen

My dog had leukemia as a puppy. Her vet was very knowledgeable about treatment options and his office was so helpful. She is a very happy dog now and healthy as a well fed dachshund can be.

We have done lots of rescues too. The biggest thing I have learned is to never ever ever be a nay sayer. Your rescue is someone's loving home. It is the job of the rescuer to be in the loop with the pet. I found that having some kind of support and involvement is crucial.

August 01st, 2009, 11:14 AM

mollycat

Just found this article on the ASPCA website about "The Benefits of Pet Ownership".

"If you already own a pet, you'll likely benefit from the numerous health and psychological benefits of owning an animal, including a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. In addition, owning an animal can help you feel happier and more satisfied with your life as well as boost your social skills, self-esteem, and body image."

(If you don't already own a pet, check out the links in the article for more about the benefits of being a pet owner.)

August 01st, 2009, 11:18 AM

KareKs

I have 4 rescued cats, and my 2 dogs. :) I just love animals and wanted to add them into my family. Being a cat person I also love the love a cat gives to your home and they are so easy to take care of. I would think if you love animals it would be very important. The benefits can