Has appetite, but acts like she doesn't want to swallow/eat. She will only eat A/D Prescription Diet
at this point. I know my dog so well, that I can tell you how many drinks she will take by the temperature of her tongue. She always goes in for 2 drinks unless her tongue is hot, then depending on how hot she will either take 3, or 4. Since this began she has quit drinking water so regularly. She'll go in for a drink, and then stops suddenly, turns away, but then if I offer her the water again she will take more short drinks. We've been together her entire life, and she has never drank water this way. She always takes two continuous drinks. I've taken her to her vet several times, but they can't figure it out. She quit eating altogether, and lost a pound in 10 days, and she's only 6 lbs. They thought it was her stomach
at first due to her history with pancreatitis
, but it became obvious to me pretty quickly that wasn't the case, because she won't even try to eat when she is having an episode with that, plus she eats grass. She does none of that now. Then they moved on to her back, because she does have some pretty severe spinal degeneration due to her age of 13 years old. I don't think it is her back either, because she will run around the yard, and do her favorite trick, which is dancing. When dancing she kicks her back legs
out, and spins back, and forth in a semicircle. It seems to me to be something to do with when she swallows. It's either uncomfortable, or painful. She swallows a few bites of the smooth A/D food, but then stops after a couple, or gets completely startled, and tries to find somewhere to hide. Her regular vet just moved away, and the clinic she goes to has been having a bunch of temp. vets come in to cover different shifts. I am not a fan of this method, because I want her Dr. to know her history, and especially her personality, as well as the connection her and I have to one another. I know this dog better than I know myself, and I can tell there is something not right with the way she is drinking, and eating. She is so reluctant to eat, but she's been picky all of her life. The drinking though, that's been completely consistent her entire life. Always two times in for a drink, but now it's short drinks, and nowhere near as often as she used to drink. I carry water everywhere we go, and I offer her drinks all the time.