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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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Papillon, two years old, 7 lbs. not eating or drinking,

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Papillon, two years old, 7 lbs.
not eating or drinking, lethargic, gums sometimes whiten, requires subQ fluids
third incident, seems every three months. no changes in diet, no coughing sneezing, only vomited once clear gel like material. nothing in house or outdoors to harm her. xrays and labs normal, with a minor increase in liver enzymes. I have cooked for her and done all suggested.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.


I am sorry you are worried about Sofie. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

I am worried about her gums being white at times, and the elevated liver enzymes may be a clue to her problem. Do you have a copy of her blood tests that you could post here?

One thing I would check for is a condition called a liver shunt. That would involve a special test, called bile acids, that takes 2 hours. Another thing would be to check her pancreatic function which is also a special test, not part of a routine blood profile. Seeing her blood tests will help me know what tests were and were not done.

The white gums and not eating might indicate internal pain. There are good prescription pain medication that might help but you would have to get them from your vet.

There are also prescription appetite stimulants that might help her.

At home, all you can do it try to keep her hydrated: offer warm broth as well as water.

Let me know what other questions I can answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

How is Sofie doing?