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My 14 year old Westie is not eating. He looks ok but seems

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My 14 year old Westie is not eating. He looks ok but seems depressed ***** *****
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Customer: He has always bee
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. How long has he had these signs?Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?Can he keep water down? Has he been drinking more?Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?Did you have any more history you wished to tell me as it appears you were cut off?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Symptoms have been present on and off for 10 days. Today not eating at all. Still drinking. Has a mucky ear that is being treated
No tenderness in stomach region
Pale pink moist gums
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** the ear being treated with?Are his gums paler then usual for him?Any of those other signs I noted?Any issues with his teeth?Did he go off food suddenly or was it gradual?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
He went off his food gradually
I'm using Dermotic ear drops for an ongoing ear condition
He doesn't seem to be in any pain
Teeth look fine
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
About 10days ago he vomited white foam looking stuff a couple of days ago
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** dogs go off food as your lad has, we do have a few concerns. Often the root cause will be nausea or oral discomfort. If there are no signs of dental issues, oral ulcers, growths, or changes; then nausea based issues would be our main concern here. And this fits with that vomit you saw. In regards ***** ***** we can see this due to acterial or viral gastroenteritis, pancreatitis, parasites/protozoa infections, general dietary indiscretions, and at his age it can also be due to IBD, organ issues, metabolic diseases and even cancer. With this all in mind, there are some home supportive care options you can try to settle his stomach. To start, you can consider treating him with an antacid. Common OTC pet safe options would be:Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Zantac (More Info/Dose @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/ranitidine-hcl-zantac), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet). Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if he has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Afterwards, we want to tempt him to eat. Favorites are allowed but we can also try a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs (made with water and not milk). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset.Though if he cannot be tempted, then we’d need to start syringe feeding at this stage. To syringe feed, we can water down calorie rich diets (ie Hills A/D, Royal Canin Recovery diet, even canned puppy food) or use a liquid diet (ie Clinicare, Dogsure). As well, there are paste supplements (ie Nutrical) that can also be used. And these will all get more in per bite even if we cannot get much in. Overall, a wide range of agents could trigger anorexia we are seeing. And with how long this has been ongoing, it is likely starting to take a toll and cause him to feel weak and unwell. Therefore, in his case, we’d want to start supportive care to settle his stomach. If he cannot keep that or water down, appears dehydrated already, or doesn’t respond to the above within 12-24 hours (since he is an older lad and this has been going on a wee while already); then we'd want to get his vet involved. They can assess his hydration, check bloods to make sure there are no organ issues, make sure there is nothing in his stomach that shouldn't be there or any sinister lumps/bumps present. Depending on their findings, his vet can treat him with injectable anti-vomiting medication, fluids, appetite stimulants +/- antibiotics to settle his stomach, and get him back feeling like himself. Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page as this is the only way I am credited for helping you. Thank you for your feedback!: )
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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