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He is not really eating but drinking loads more than usual.

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He is not really eating but drinking loads more than usual. He seems to be very listless compared to normal and is having problems with stairs. He also seems to be panting a lot more than normal for doing a lot less. He was in the vets about 2 weeks ago and had an MOT as he is nearly 12 and apart from arthritis in his back legs and having 6 teeth out they said he was in remarkably good health for a dog his age. T
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help T. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about T?
Customer: No, I think that is a good summary.. He is a lurcher and in 12 years through numerous injuries etc he has NEVER stopped eating
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  JACUSTOMER-2ggpt01r- replied 3 months ago.

Hi there, Did your vet run labwork at his visit 2 weeks ago? Excessive thirst and panting can be caused by a lot of different conditions, many of which can be ruled in or out based on labwork- kidney disease, liver disease, hypothyroidism, cushing's disease just to name a few. If all of these diseases are ruled out with labwork, the next step would be to consider chest radiographs to evaluate for an enlarged heart or pulmonary edema. If a heart condition is ruled out, other things to consider would be pain (from a musculoskeletal perspective), or perhaps even a brain tumor or meningitis to explain the listlessness and trouble with stairs. I;m sorry that I can't give you an exact diagnosis, but hopefully that is enough information to help you make decisions about future diagnostics. Hopefully, your vet can see you promptly. However; if you are concerned enough to seek emergency veterinary care today, I do think that would be prudent. - Dr. C

Expert:  JACUSTOMER-2ggpt01r- replied 3 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I am out of the office today - Monday 11 July and will have no access to email / mobile phone.I will respond to your email on my return, however if your query is urgent please do try and call me on 07798 643 414 - I will do my best to answer, mobile phone reception permitting.Many thanks and apologies for any inconvenience.M.