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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear about Champ's situation. Did they start up any treatments? Did they do x-rays? Did they have any concerns as to what was going on?
Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear Champ is not eating well and has a high white cell count. The elevated white cell count can be a reactive response (the body reacting to something in the body causing an elevation), related to infection, or even a leukemia but typically these values are much much higherI definitely agree with Dr. Bruce that further workup is necessary to determine the cause of Champ's reduced appetite. If there is intestinal disease (inflammatory bowel disease, lymphoma, lymphangiectasia to name a few) then bloodwork can be perfectly normal and this requires further diagnosticsX-rays can be helpful in these situations but often abdominal ultrasound to evaluate the thickness of the stomach and intestinal tract, whether lymph nodes are enlarged are helpful in ruling out possible causes. Unfortunately in some situations endoscopy or a camera down the throat to take biopsies of the intestinal tract to rule out causes is necessary to determine why Champ has a reduced appetite.In the meanwhile talking to your vet about starting him on anti nausea medications such as cerenia, an antacid such as pepcid, and a bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken can hopefully entice his appetite until a more comprehensive diagnostic workup can be pursued (often at a specialty practice). If no interest in the white rice and boiled chicken the next alternative that has moderate success is jarred baby foods (meat variety) in hopes of getting him eating but if there is nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass, sometimes no appetite is the only sign) then discussing medication is the first step in getting him eating againI hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both tonight. I am online another 30 minutes if I can clarify anything or assist in any other way...
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I do understand your concern about his not eating and that is why medications are helpful in reducing symptoms of nausea which often result in the decreased appetite but further diagnostics are needed to get an answer to why he is not eating and what is necessary to get him feeling betterIt is terribly concerning he is not eating, we need to initially treat his symptoms and also learn why he is not eating to get him feeling better
Does this information make sense? I certainly don't want to confuse you further and am hoping my recommendations help you understand how best to help ChampI am online another 15 minutes and want to make sure you have no other questions
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