My dog seems tired, is weak and not eating.He is an outside dog, even in the winter. He has become very weak. even walking is exhausting. Will not drink water either. petting him puts him to sleep ,usually he just wants to play
How old is your dog? What breed is he?
When was the last time he ate and drank?
Is he having any coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or diarrhea?
No other signs of anything. He is 7 yrs old. Half Akita and half Alaskan Malamute. Usually very vocal, and active. About 80 lbs. Eats only dog food, high protein. No people food of any kind. Seems healthier when his food(dry) is kept outside. Even in this -15C temp. Has a house with a thick mat, but still prefers to sleep in the snow. Never has he ever showed any of these signs
Can you lift his lip and tell me what color his gums are?
He last ate about 24 hours ago. His gums are normal, for him. Usually pink, with some darker spots, I was told it was from the Akita breed
That's good. Yes it is normal to have pigment spots.
Can I talk you into taking his temperature rectally?
I don't have access to a thermometer, until morning
He could have heart disease, metabolic disease such as liver, kidney, adrenal gland disease, he could have cancer, he could have an infection.
Since he is older, the list of "bad" things it could be goes up :(
Since he is not coughing or vomiting it is more difficult to say.
If it were my dog, I would take his temp. If his temp is over 102.5 F I would be thinking infection.
If his temp was normal then I would take him to the vet for bloodwork. If the bloodwork was normal then I would get xrays.
My dog was showing some improvement so I did not come back to this page.But he is still not himself. He is drinking water and urinating normally, but still chooses not to eat. Clinics are now closed around here, but would still like some help
Did you take his temperature?
Did he start eating again?
No vomiting, urinating normally. Drinks normally. I just take him water and he drinks.Never noticed any ticks. No diarrhea. No previous lameness of any kind, new or previous. This is his fourth day where he chooses not to eat. As for defecating, haven't noticed any. I even walked around in the snow looking to see the last time he went and couldn't find any in the snow