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We have a 2 year old morkie, have been to the vet repeatedly

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we have a 2 year old morkie, have been to the vet repeatedly and unable to find any answers, for several months he does well in the mornings but as the day progresses he becomes very lethargic, trembling, hiding under the bed or in the closet for up to 10 hours a day, no longer wants to play or take walks. He has lost almost a pound and a half since Christmas ( down to 7lbs. from 8.5 lbs. ) He responds well for a couple days after IV fluids and appetite stimulate medication, was on pain medicine for over a month , has had numerous lab tests and other than a mild pancreatitis a month ago all the blood work is normal. They have checked for adrenal gland insufficiency , plan to do an abdominal ultrasound next week. We have never had a dog before and do not know what we can do to help him but definetly something is wrong. The last three days he has been having mucous stools in the house which is also different for him. The stool cultures were negative.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Hi, Becky. Do you have copies of any of the blood work to share?

Has anyone mentioned ruling out a portosystemic shunt? This is very common in Yorkies and associated breeds. They'd have done bile acids testing, if so. More info here:

Additionally, what food is being used for him? Any human foods?