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I have a 3 yr old yorkie. She has started turning up her

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I have a 3 yr old yorkie. She has started turning up her nose to all food. She occasionally eats cooked chicken. She is drinking water (sometimes more and sometimes less). Please help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so sorry no one has assisted you both today and that your little girl is not eating well
Unfortunately often diagnostics are required to determine the cause of her reduced appetite. It can be a metabolic cause such as addison's disease or a gi condition such as inflammatory bowel disease that is causing her reduced appetite so starting with some basic bloodwork and if that is normal then considering an abdominal ultrasound by a radiologist to evaluate the intestinal tract thickness, adrenal glands, spleen, liver can help guide treatment. In some cases endoscopy and biopsy is required to get an answer because everything returns normal.
But getting diagnostics done is the best way to hone in on her causes of reduced appetite and the best way to treat her successfully so she has many more happy years with you.
Below is information on the two main causes I have listed above but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. In the meanwhile, trying jarred meat flavored baby foods, canned kitten foods, and even ground bison meat are ways to entice her appetite for now...
IBD: http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/stomach-intestine-liver-or-pancreas/inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-dogs
Addison's: http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/hormones-body-chemistry/hypoadrenocorticism-addisons-disease-in-dogs
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today!
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