I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about Brinkley. I'm so sorry he isn't doing well, but glad you're looking for the information you need.
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I can understand how worried you must be for him to be acting this way, especially when he's always been so healthy before. It's also really reassuring to hear that you've kept his shots up to date. That makes it highly unlikely this is due to any of the diseases he's been vaccinated for.
When I consider everything that could make a previously healthy 9.5-year-old chihuahua suddenly start to be lethargic and refuse to eat and drink, the list is pretty long:
-disorders of the digestive tract, like upset stomach
, gastroenteritis, or pancreatitis
-infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungal organisms, or protozoa. Tick-borne diseases belong in this category, too.
-degenerative problems like disc disease (spine) or muscle
spasms in the back. Injuries are also possible.
- metabolic diseases like liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and adrenal gland disease.
-exposure to a poison, drug, or toxin.
-anything that causes severe pain
I know that's a huge list, but we have to cast a very large net to consider everything that can cause these symptoms.
I'm really sorry to mention so many diseases, some of which are very serious and can even be life-threatening, but I feel it's important to be honest with you about all the possibilities.
In order to determine which one of these things is causing Brinkley to act so sick all of a sudden, your veterinarian will need to do a thorough physical examination and some basic laboratory tests like blood work and a urinalysis. Depending on what is seen there, they may also want x-rays or other forms of imaging.
Regardless, please rest assured that help is available for Brinkley. The best plan for getting him back to feeling good as quickly as possible is to have him seen at the vet's as soon as possible.
In the meantime, at home, do your best to keep him calm, quiet, clean, and comfortable, with food and water close at hand in case he does feel like eating and drinking even a little bit.
I hope this information helps. Please let me know what other information you are looking for.