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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I HAVE A CHOCOLATE LAB 14 YEARS OLD IN THE LAST WEEK TO 10

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I HAVE A CHOCOLATE LAB 14 YEARS OLD IN THE LAST WEEK TO 10 DAYS HE IS NOT EATING HIS REGULAR DOG FOOD IF I GIVE HIM PEOPLE FOOD HE EATS AND WILL EAT A DOG TREAT HE DID HAV A WEEKNESS IN HIS HIPS ONE EVENING THIS WEEK I DO NOT KNOW IF HE IS SHUTTING DOWN AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO PLEASE REPLY
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: GATOR
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about GATOR?
Customer: HE WAS HEAVY BUT SINCE HE REFUSES FOOD HE HAS LOST WEIGHT HE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE IN MORE PAIN
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Gator. You're smart to recognize that such selective eating is a danger sign particularly at Gator's quite advanced age. This is when we see degenerative disorders such as chronic renal or hepatic insufficiency and age-related malignancies. Because his symptoms are important but nonspecific, his vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours how Gator might be helped. Please fast him for at least 4 hours prior to a blood draw for the most accurate test results. Never restrict water, however.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin