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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 13 year old lab mix has stopped eatting, only drinking

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my 13 year old lab mix has stopped eatting, only drinking water. Two weeks now? She pees still and was pooping til she stopped eating, Seems not to be in any pain,
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Camille
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Camille?
Customer: I think she is passing with old age, as she has slowed down quite a lot prior to stop eating. Her weight had been about 70 for many years and over the past year she dropped to under 65? we use to walk everyday a mile and more. She is quite weak now. Walks out to pee now but not much more,
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Her feet are fine, I have a lot of conntact with her, It is that she has no interest in food Neither her fave pet foods or people food.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Camille. While I agree that every day is a gift with a 13 year old dog, it's important to note that old age isn't a disease. We do see more degenerative conditions such as chronic renal and hepatic failure as well as age-related malignancies at such an age and which will cause such profound and lasting anorexia. At this point, having Camille's vet thoroughly examine Camille including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests +/- X-rays of Camille's chest and ultrasound of her abdomen or having the final kindness performed should be considered.

Monitoring such a patient any longer would be unkind. Regrettably, end stage diseases can cause quite alarming symptoms which we would like to avoid if we can. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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

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