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My dog is a Maltese. She weighs 6 lbs and is 14 yrs old. She

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My dog is a Maltese. She weighs 6 lbs and is 14 yrs old. She quit eating and is vomiting and having a problem walking.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Maltese. Anorexia, vomiting, and trouble walking are important symptoms at any age; they're particularly worrisome at 14 years of age. These symptoms aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder but are potentially life-threatening in our geriatric dogs. Her vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests and perhaps imaging in the form of X-rays of her chest and X-rays or ultrasound of her abdomen to be able to tell you why she's so symptomatic and whether or not she can be helped.

"Problem walking" can arise from general weakness such as is seen with profound anemia or degenerative diseases such as chronic renal or hepatic insufficiency in a 14 year old. Malignancies must be a consideration at her age as well. Have there been symptoms leading up to her current state - drinking more, forming more urine than usual, increased respiratory rate/difficulty breathing, coughing, diarrhea, etc?

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