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Old 04-20-2010, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Unhappy watching my dog die

Onyx is co-owned locally but she is spending the last few days with me. She is the daughter of two of my dogs and is about 85 years old. super long story short she stopped eating about 2.5 weeks ago. Took her to the vet and her liver was off and not a huge amount just not normal so he wanted to put her on a special diet. Well she still is not really eating but drinking water. I told her owner to bring her to me so i can watch her all day while she was at work and she looks like a skeleton!! She can barley stand or walk and it is killing me to watch her. She did have a tooth removed we thought could be the problem on Friday but she is still not doing better. Removing a K9 tooth is a big procedure and really painful so I am holding out hope that she still might improve. I am taking her back to the vet tomorrow for more suggestions. She has had a complete blood panel done along with x-rays and still no real clue what is going on. her liver was not that bad so I do not understand what is going on!! I did get her to eat raw deer meat last night and a few bites today but I am still really worried.

Anyone deal with anything like this before? Any ideas on food to feed her? She wants to eat but doesn't feel well enough to eat. We have tried chicken, hamburger, deer, yogurt suggested by the vet, canned food, and now we are running out of ideas and I am just watch her die! I feel helpless!!
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh that's a tough one....sounds like she's a pretty old girl though. I bet her not eating was due to the tooth, it makes perfect sense. and it's good news she ate the meat.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Wow - no advice - just a sincere hug and hope you can get to the bottom of this!
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am sorry Lisa. I have no advice as I have never dealt with anything like that, but I wish you the best.. Well the best it can get I guess.....
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh man Lisa, I'm so sorry your going through this. I will pray for her health and in hopes that you get some answers tomorrow, so that you can be pointed in the best possible direction to help her. ~Hugs~
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Im so sorry. That must be so hard... But before she starves to death may I suggest ending her misery? Is that an option? I hope she starts eating before that becomes an alternative.
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Maybe try some nutri-cal and pedialyte to put some weight back on her. Then hopefully she won't be to weak to eat. Don't give up on her!!!!! Get a syringe for the milk since you might have to light weight force it. She isn't throwing up is she?
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If she's trying to eat a little she's not starving. And it sounds like she kept it down. Maybe they could put her on an IV until she gets enough strength built up to want to eat. The main thing is figuring out what is going on. I'm so sorry, Lisa.
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Thats Rough. The only thing thing that got my bitch to eat after whelping was wet cat food. She stopped eating and lost about 20-30lbs - a third of her body wt. Her mange came back with a vengence. I had a cat at the time and the only thing I could get her to eat was 9 lives liver and bacon wet food. Its smells stong and is kind of oily.I fed her one small can 2x a day. Maybe if its an oral problem eating the cat food will be easier - its a kind of pate. Good luck. You never know how long to keep pushing and when to let go
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I had thought about the cat food and I did try nutri-cal. I have some from Siren having her puppies but she just turned away. A bit of good news..... I got dog food last night and got a case of canned from costco. We had tried to give her canned of the special diet the vet wanted her to eat but I do not think she really liked it. I mixed about 1/2 a can with some warm water and she seemed interested but like everything else she turned her head. I was at the end of my rope so I opened her mouth and put it in and SHE ATE IT! She ate what I made her and while i had to force feed her kind of she got it down. She is drinking a ton of water so thank god I do not have to worry about dehydration and I think the only reason she is still alive! I also got her some pain pills yesterday for her mouth and that also seemed to help. They didn't send her home with any because of her liver but when I demanded them they gave me tramadol. After force feeding her this morning she could walk better and had more strength. She was in bad shape yesterday and PTS was really an option at that point. She could barley walk and was swaying side to side and even fell and sprawled out once.
This morning I feed her just over 1/2 a can the same way so I hope to see an improvement in her later on, we also have another vet appointment later today so wish us luck!!

Oh and Shana called me last night and suggested some lard and that is what I was going to try next if the canned didn't work.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think the force feeding is a good thing as long as shes keeping it down thats great!
Smh we did that for 3 years with a cat here at work. But if her mouth pain was really bad, and eating caused it to hurt more she can be associating eating with pain so hopefully the pain meds help ease that. Gosh Lisa with all thats going on I send you many blessings for not giving up on her. I just hope your taking care of yourself as well!!!
Maybe you can start her on some Milk Thistle either capsules or Tincture ( NON Alcohol )
to help with liver function. Duece is on it ...... and so is someone very dear to me with severe liver disease ... I use it when I'm on antibiotics or pain meds.
I would go with the tincture since she's not eating if you can't find it and want to try I can send you some.
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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wow u really do have ur hands full!!! i just keep thinking of tube feeding. when little old people (and some younger ppl) stop trying or can't physically eat for some reason they get all the nutrients their body needs fed into their stomach or lower thru a tube. there has got to be a complete liquid diet for dogs i'm assuming, right? i mean if she will drink water she may drink that too. good to hear she is tolerating food, and letting you force feed her. at least she's not fighting it or giving up. fingers crossed that the only problem was the tooth buggin her!!!
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You could also try the cans of potted meat.I had to use this with Pretty Girl when she got real sick as a pup.I force fed her this and she would keep this down better then can dog food.
My thoughts are with you right now.Good luck!
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Oh Lisa *hugs* I'm so sorry to hear this. Keep your head up I'm sure the vets can help.



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