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Old 01-04-2016, 03:14 PM
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Dog stopped eating, is drinking loads?

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My 13 (ish) yo rescue collie x retriever started eating a lot less on New Years Eve - from a dog who bolts everything you give him to eating about two thirds. I called the vet who said to tempt him with "treats" like chicken and to call back if no improvement. He wolfed the chicken but since then he had eaten less and less. He has refused all dog food (I tried switching brands) for 48 hours and now won't even eat any "treats". Today he has suddenly starting drinking LOADS of water.

I called the vet who is only operating an emergency service today; they advised that it's not an emergency as yet so to bring him in tomorrow which of course I will do, but Google brought me to these forums so I thought I'd pick brains on here meanwhile.

BTW he has lost no weight (he is at an ideal weight) but in fact a couple of people have thought in recent weeks he'd put a bit on. In every other respect he's 100% normal, active, full of life etc.

Any ideas? Really worried
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How is this not an emergency? It could be diabetes or bloat. A dog not eating for 48 hours is very serious.

Call another vet and try to get in today.
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Increased water intake worries me more than the not eating. It could be signs of infection or kidney problems. Make sure he has plenty of fresh water until you can get him into the vets.
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Call another vet and try to get in today.
Even more worried now! I felt it was an emergency but felt I might be paranoid. There will be no vets open at 10pm on a bank holiday, sadly, so have a long 11 hour wait till they re-open tomorrow.

Although it is 48 hours since he has eaten dog food, he did eat a little chicken and pork yesterday and I have just persuaded him to eat a little pate - but 200g of pate compared with his usual 1.2kg of dog food is negligible :-(
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Make sure he has plenty of fresh water until you can get him into the vets.
Will do, thanks.
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I usually don't worry too much when my dogs are off their feed for a day, but the older they get then that changes, I do worry a bit more. I still probably wouldn't rush one to emergency...but would try to get in and see my vet the next day if possible.

Your dog's issue could be one of just many things...minor or major problems.

I lost a dog to diabetes and I do recall that her loss of appetite and increase in water came on bit by bit...it didn't just happen in one day. It was only the last 3 days of her life that she quit eating almost everything. I already had her scheduled to be put to sleep but that was delayed twice...thus the 3 days of her going like that.

Anyway, if your dog did this suddenly, and you haven't seen weight loss yet, then hopefully, it's something different and something minor.

Also, have you checked his teeth? See if there is some redness on the gums around any of them or major plaque build up? I had an elderly dog that quit eating due to tooth pain. In spite of her age, I risked having her put under for a tooth cleaning and extraction of several bad teeth. She came out of it fine.
I figured the risk was better than living life with tooth pain and losing weight she couldn't afford to loose due to not wanting to eat. She was a thin dog to begin with.

Hope it's nothing serious with your dog.

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it could be diabetes if he is drinking allot. is his tummy swollen?
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Some form of a diabetic complication, would be my guess, but that's just guessing. His age is, unfortunately not in his favor, but you need your Vets involvement. Hopefully you have been able to get him to the Vet today. Let us know what your Vet finds.
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Thanks guys. The good news is that by getting him all excited which I do when I give him a treat, I did get him to eat a small meal of roast pork, lamb and gravy (as a veggie, had to Google how to cook it!!). He brought a bit up later, but only a little.

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I lost a dog to diabetes and I do recall that her loss of appetite and increase in water came on bit by bit
This was VERY sudden; if anything he was trying it on to get extra food up until a few days ago and he always wolfs it down in once go. Difficult to say re when the drinking increased; it was very noticeable today but because water is always there - and I am not - it's difficult to tell then he has been drinking; particularly as he has a habit of drinking out of the loo so it's hard to tell how much has disappeared!

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it could be diabetes if he is drinking allot. is his tummy swollen?
It's quite hard to tell, a couple of people including me had observed that he had been "filling out" a bit but I put that down to the vet's advice to reduce his exercise coz of sore joints. But he is just soooo covered in thick long fur I find it difficult to say if there is swelling as such but possibly a little yes.

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I had an elderly dog that quit eating due to tooth pain
His gums are red but they always seem to be. I'm pretty sure it's not tooth pain though because he is an avid chewer; he was on a farm yesterday and spent nearly 5 hours gnawing on branches or playing tug of war with me with lumps of wood! Plus when I did get him to eat a bit of pork earlier, he picked out the pieces of impossibly hard cracking first and demolished it :-)

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His age is, unfortunately not in his favor
I know the feeling!! That worries me, but on the other hand apart from a bit of joint pain he is generally so fit, healthy and strong so hopefully that will count for something.

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Hopefully you have been able to get him to the Vet today.
Sadly it was a Bank Holiday here yesterday (UK) so emergency service only which vet said this wasn't. 7 hours till they open, hope I can get an early appointment. Will certainly keep you al updated and thanks again for your help.
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I wonder if he is filling up on water and not hungry? I'm diabetic, type 1. And sometimes I am so thirsty and drink so much that it upsets my stomach and I just don't want to eat. Good luck at the vets, I hope everything works out for you.
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