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Austrailian shepard - 12 years 4 months old - 3weeks ago had

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austrailian shepard - 12 years 4 months old - 3weeks ago had major problems with hip displasia -after a week she stopped eating and drinking even refusing her favorite treats - remained in laying position on floor - about 12 hours later she finally ate a doggie treat, drank water and drmatically improved over the next few days including her hip and appeared normal- Monday night she stopped eating again - will drink water- will voluntarily move from one location to another - no limp
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 month ago.

Hi this is Dr. Hill. I am sorry that Belle is not feeling well. Hip dysplasia can cause significant discomfort and stiffness, but typically does not cause loss of appetite. Since she is given joint supplements as well, it is unlikely that her hips are the major source of her anorexia. What joint supplements does she receive? At Belle's age I would be concerned with other issues, such as kidney or liver disease, an infection or neoplasia. Have there been any other issues or changes?