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My dog hasn't been eating much and I'm becoming

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My dog hasn't been eating much and I'm becoming concerned
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I'm happy to help answer your question about Molly. How long has she been eating less? Does she have any other signs (vomiting/diarrhea)?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Well she has eaten today but very little and you're able to feel her bones
Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

Poor girl. Well there are many possible causes of decreased appetite in dogs. Unfortunately they can't just tell us what's wrong or what hurts, so we have to rely on diagnostic testing to help us figure it out. Does Molly have a veterinarian that she could go see today? They will do a complete physical exam and will likely offer tests such as blood work (to evaluate internal organ function) and imaging (x-rays or ultrasound).

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Well she seems to be depressed because my parents are gone
Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

I understand. It can be very hard to distinguish between depression and a true medical cause, however my recommendation is to have her evaluated because you don't want to miss something that could be treated and help her feel better. We definitely see depression in dogs and this can affect appetite, however if it's been going on for a while and she's actively losing weight as a result, she could have something more serious or something treatable going on inside her.

Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

Also, even if it is simply depression or a behavioral change, there are medications your vet could prescribe that would help her feel better during this difficult time.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Well she seems to be sleeping a lot honestly :(
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Is there anything I can do now to make things better if I don't have the money for a visit
Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

Great question. Again, this depends a little bit on the underlying cause of her signs. In general I would say you could try offering her a variety of foods (dry foods, canned foods), as well as some home-cooked meals (boiled chicken - boneless/skinless, boiled hamburger, cooked white rice). The home-cooked diets are not intended for long term use but can help in the short-term if she's not wanting to eat her dog food.

I know that finances can be tight. Fortunately veterinarians are very accustomed to working within budgets. Some will also offer payment plans for clients with limited funds - you just have to ask. As long as you're up front and honest about how much money you have to spend, your vet will be able to work out a plan for Molly. :)

Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

Do you have any further questions?

Expert:  Ana Bascunan replied 11 months ago.

I wish you and Molly the best!