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My dog stopped being verbal, no barking or groaning when

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My dog stopped being verbal, no barking or groaning when she's happy. She's losing weight fast, shivers, and has a hard time keeping her balance. She tries to eat, but has a hard time. She drinks a lot. She's a 9 year old yellow lab
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 11 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am very sorry to hear about Millie. I am very concerned given the symptoms you are describing in your dog. When I hear symptoms such as you are describing, I worry about diabetes, kidney and liver disease. The only way to determine if any of these diseases are present would be to have bloodwork done on her.

Expert:  Jess K replied 11 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
If she has any of those would you suggest putting her down on her age?
Expert:  Jess K replied 11 months ago.

It really depends on which disease it house, how severe it is, and your situation. Diabetes is a disease that can be management with insulin injections, which owners can give at home, but it requires a commitment in terms of time (pet must get and injection twice a day) and money. Some dogs respond incredibly well, others are more difficult to manage but you won't know until you start treatment. I will attach an article here on the disease for you:http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=631

Liver and kidney disease may be more difficult because there may be irreversible damage done,but we really won't know how bad it looks without some testing. I think you need that information before you make any decisions.

Expert:  Jess K replied 11 months ago.

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