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Thanks for your question regarding your 9 year old Sharpei boy Louis who has gone off his food recently as well as being a little more lethargic and snuffly than usual
As you can probably appreciate, there are a number of possible causes for these symptoms including anything from an upper respiratory tract infection making him snuffly and potentially giving him a temperature which is putting him off his food and making him lethargic, or simply the fact he cannot smell his food properly may be putting him off his food
It sounds like you have tried a range of foods for Louis over the last few days but with little success
If this has been going on for some time and he has lost a bit of weight now, then you really are best to have your local Vet carry out a full blood test on your boy
A full check up should include a full physical exam and temperature check in his case. If possible - a nasal exam would also be good to help rule out an upper respiratory tract infection/rhinitis
I would also then recommend a full blood panel to check for signs of infection, as well as checking his internal organ function
An issue may potentially be highlighted as a result of this
If you can get your boy seen by your regular Vet at some point tomorrow, that would be fine
In the meantime, you are going to have to continue to tempt him with a range of different foods
Good on you for trying the James Wellbeloved as well as mixing in fresh chicken stock.
The main thing in the next day or two is to make sure that Louis is drinking ok.
Hopefully he has a normal thirst and isn't drinking more or less than usual
As for his food - it may be best to try actually making him something from home. For this, cooked, boneless,skinless chicken breast and white rice is very good and usually tempts dogs quite nicely
If you do see your regular Vet tomorrow at some point - also try and collect and take in a fresh urine sample if you can
Ok - so he may even have a touch of gastroenteritis putting him off his food and making him lethargic.
So! If you can....take in a fresh poo and urine sample!
Also make sure he is up to date with deworming treatments
Drontal or Milbemax are best for this.
It is very unlikely - so dont' worry about that
It is much more likely that if Louis DOES have a similar problem, that it is completely unrelated
The cooked chicken and rice is ideal as it is typically very palatable AND very bland (in case he does have a GI issue)
James Wellbeloved is very good in this situation as well as typically it is bland, but palatable as well
Otherwise Burns is another good product
As he has lost weight as a result of all this, I would definitely encourage you to get him seen tomorrow though if you can
They are fine, but it is best to stick with bland food only until your Vet has gotten to the bottom of this
So - if you Louis can handle it and you can convince him to eat the chicken and rice mix, then this would be best rather than any other sort of treats
Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this!!
Let me know how you get on if you get a chance
No problem at all
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