My dog is a 9-year-old Sheltie, male, fixed. He won't eat - appears interested, sometimes tries and drops the food. Has been to the vet - kidneys, blood work, liver, etc. are OK. Had an x-ray of abdomen - looked good, and very empty. Inspection of mouth does not indicate a problem (a cracked tooth, but vet not thinking it is the problem since Skyler still chomps on ice). Asked vet to do thyroid panel (previous sheltie had unusual case that ended up responding to thyroid treatment). Got results on Wednesday - some numbers are low, so Skyler was started on a thyroid medication.
Might eat lunchmeat, not eating
hamburger; will eat a few bits of cheese curd; used to lick out yogurt container, but not interested anymore. Tried baby-food and baby-food meat sticks which he ate when chopped into tiny pieces. Eventually stopped eating them. Looks at food bowl (dry food), thinks about it, and walks away. Got him to eat bits of tuna, but eventually refused. No longer interested in peanut butter. He was drinking a lot of water, but not so much anymore. Couldn't get him to drink Pedialite. He's still interested in eating - he'll beg, but when the food is offered he'll either put it in his mouth and then drop it, or refuse it. Tonight he finally walked away from his favorite treat - ice cubes. Ate them earlier this evening, but now - although he's interested, walked away.
It's going on a month. The vet had him on antibiotics and something to calm his stomach
(had vomited a couple times). Then on carafate in case there might be an ulcer and reglin (?) to help move food from his stomach. Some days he was better - wanted to play
, perky; then others he was worse - pacing, looked depressed. After about two weeks, finally managed to get him to eat enough to poop - sort of tarball like. Then didn't pass anything for several days; finally had a runny movement twice. Yesterday it wasn't quite so runny. It's been going on for so long now we are really fearful it's going to become a spiral. We lost his half-sister a year ago to kidney failure.