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I’m new here and wanted to get some second opinions on a situation my family is facing. Our dog is a 9 year old Maltese ****zu mix. He has always been extremely healthy except for some dry eye and has been energetic and never really ever gained the weight that most older dogs usually do as they get older because he’s never had human food. Dash has been loving a good life until about three weeks ago when he started throwing up and acting abnormally. He didn’t want to bother with anyone and he did not want to leave his crate which is extremely odd for him. He stopped eating completely and and lost so much weight that he became so skinny that you could see every rib. Because he was already pretty small this happened fairly quickly. He was brought to the vet where they did blood work and an x-ray which were unremarkable. Dash was then give a shot of an antiemetic before leaving the vet and was placed on an antiemetic, antibiotic and probiotic and ordered to only have a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice. He slowly but surely was on the mend and starting to really gain his weight back. This went on for about a week and a half until yesterday when he started to withdraw once again and then also started to vomit again. He has started to lose weight again and we’re worried about him once again losing too much. The vet was called today and he went in for an ultrasound of his abdomen today which was normal. He has now been placed on the same medications and the same diet for the next two weeks but the vet has said she is unsure what to do beyond this. Does anybody happen to have any insight? This was all extremely sudden as he’s always been impressively healthy and his work up so far has been negative. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.

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Hi All,



I’m new here and wanted to get some second opinions on a situation my family is facing. Our dog is a 9 year old Maltese ****zu mix. He has always been extremely healthy except for some dry eye and has been energetic and never really ever gained the weight that most older dogs usually do as they get older because he’s never had human food. Dash has been loving a good life until about three weeks ago when he started throwing up and acting abnormally. He didn’t want to bother with anyone and he did not want to leave his crate which is extremely odd for him. He stopped eating completely and and lost so much weight that he became so skinny that you could see every rib. Because he was already pretty small this happened fairly quickly. He was brought to the vet where they did blood work and an x-ray which were unremarkable. Dash was then give a shot of an antiemetic before leaving the vet and was placed on an antiemetic, antibiotic and probiotic and ordered to only have a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice. He slowly but surely was on the mend and starting to really gain his weight back. This went on for about a week and a half until yesterday when he started to withdraw once again and then also started to vomit again. He has started to lose weight again and we’re worried about him once again losing too much. The vet was called today and he went in for an ultrasound of his abdomen today which was normal. He has now been placed on the same medications and the same diet for the next two weeks but the vet has said she is unsure what to do beyond this. Does anybody happen to have any insight? This was all extremely sudden as he’s always been impressively healthy and his work up so far has been negative. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.



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Have you thought about taking your little friend to another vet. Your vet seems to know what her is doing. But, still another vet could have different ideas and/or procedures.


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I agree that if your vet feels he/she has run out of resources that you should ask for a referral to an internal medicine specialist.
 

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He was drinking during the first episode he isn’t drinking as much now...we are going to bring him into the vet to get a shot of some steroids and nausea medicine because last time that helped to get him started on the medicine regimen which were going to try to do for two weeks this time around
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if his ultra sound showed no mass, etc..maybe he is suffering from Colitis and needs to be put on a probiotic, something is making him vomit, did they check him for pancreatitis? is it possible he ate something a few weeks back that made him sick and its still in his system?
 

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if his ultra sound showed no mass, etc..maybe he is suffering from Colitis and needs to be put on a probiotic, something is making him vomit, did they check him for pancreatitis? is it possible he ate something a few weeks back that made him sick and its still in his system?
He was on a probiotic for five days which did help but once the course was over he got sick again, can he be placed on one permanently? They did say that the work up did indicate possible pancreatitis but the vet said that she felt it isn’t pancreatitis because he’s been sick for too long (3 weeks total now). He definitely hasn’t eaten anything, he never eats stuff other than his normal food.
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He was on a probiotic for five days which did help but once the course was over he got sick again, can he be placed on one permanently? They did say that the work up did indicate possible pancreatitis but the vet said that she felt it isn’t pancreatitis because he’s been sick for too long (3 weeks total now). He definitely hasn’t eaten anything, he never eats stuff other than his normal food.
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Yes he can, but only obviously if its working for him, our pup Nesmo was on a probiotic for 4 yrs so yes your pup can be on it but only if its helping him..have they checked to make sure he doesnt have any auto immune condition like lupus? I know my sisters upstairs neighbor, they had a boxer who out of the blue started losing weight, he maintained his appetite but he kept on losing weight, it was some kind of lupus disease but they just couldnt figure it out
 

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He was drinking during the first episode he isn’t drinking as much now...we are going to bring him into the vet to get a shot of some steroids and nausea medicine because last time that helped to get him started on the medicine regimen which were going to try to do for two weeks this time around
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What you describe sounds familiar with what happened to our pooch. May be different. It started very similarly. And he had pancreatitis.

Here are some suggestions. Did they do labs for this? What about dehydration? Did they do labs for this? If he is not drinking well now, I would be concerned about this. Also, did the vet suggest small frequent meals? I would at least ask the vet and if he needs fluids. I would try to get as much info as possible before the weekend, if the regular vet is closed. If your pooch doesn’t drink for 48 hours, not good. Needs fluids. I also suggest to keep a journal of all of the water and food eaten and his symptoms. Bring with you to the vet. Good luck.
 

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It sounds like it could be pancreatitis. Ours is prone to attacks of pancreatitis, and is on a very low fat diet, nothing with more than 4% fat. She is definitely feeling better on the low fat diet.
 

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Sounds like pancreatitis to me, they can confirm it with a blood test that is how they did it with our Nesmo he used to get it from time to time..not eating, puking, diarrhea..there are other probiotics if one doesnt work gotta try another one, but confirm about the pancreatitis I think that might be the issue
 

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Was he checked for worms? My sister's dog had all symptoms described in your post: vomiting, low appetite, lethargy, weight loss. After they sent his poop to the lab, it came back worm positive.
 
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