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My Siberian husky (60 lb.) is so lifeless and wants to be

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My Siberian husky (60 lb.) is so lifeless and wants to be left alone, goes in a room where it is quiet, or wants to br outside. My husband took her last week to the vet, because she was acting like this, but not as bad as now, we are not sure, she was sent home with 500mg of amoxicillin andprostora Iams GI support, after 6 days of both of those, she won't eat and drinks a lot! I'm wondering if one of these is possible making her worse?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your husky. How old is she, please? Is she intact (not spayed)? Being sent home on an antibiotic and special food isn't appropriate if there's been no diagnosis or, at least, a presumptive one, made. Anorexia, lethargy, and polydipsia (increased thirst) are very worrisome symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. Drinking more than usual (polydipsia) and urinating a higher volume of urine (polyuria) are danger signs for quite a few disorders. These include both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, urinary tract infection involving the kidneys, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease (both will also cause increased hunger (polyphagia), pyometra (infected uterus if she's unspayed), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and brain tumor involving the hypothalamus. Her vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in order to clarify what those symptoms are signifying.

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