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My 13 year old Keeshond refuses to eat.

December 7th, 2005, 01:20 PM
I have a 13 year old, female keeshond. She has lost alot of weight in the last month. My mom had previously had her on mix of two kinds of dry kibble...But I noticed the last time I was at home that she had a preference for only one of the two, b/c she was leaving one kind of kibble all over the floor...I figured that the weight loss was due to the kibble, and noone at home noticed her pickiness...We switched to the one kind she liked....Now she has stopped eating altogether...

She's been taking to the vet, and she's lost 14 pounds since her last weigh-in in March. They did x-rays and blood work, which appeared normal except for elevated calcium...There's one more cancer test they can do, where blood work has to be sent to Boston...But even if it's positive, she's an old dog, and treatment would be too much to put her through...From what I've seen, she is not in any pain and does not exhibit any obvious symptoms of illness...

We've tried dry and soft food, and still nothing...She still has energy to walk around; however, the dog is only drinking water and sleeping....She is usually a fan of human food, but I haven't checked if my mom's tried that...What kind of human food would be safe for the her GI?

Has anyone here had similar problems before? Do you guys have any suggestions to get her appetite back? I hope she remains stable till I get a chance to go home this weekend...I can't stand the thought of her wasting away...

Lucky Rescue
December 7th, 2005, 01:37 PM
You might try something really smelly or delicious to pique her appetite. Maybe canned salmon or warm beef stew. Baby food, like turkey or beef, is often irresistable to dogs.

However, your dog is 13, has drastic weight loss and elevated calcium levels. There is a chance that she won't eat again. Please don't let her "waste away" as this is not a pleasant way to go. Her lack of appetite and sleeping all day are already indications that she's not feeling well.

I"m sorry your old friend is so sick.:(

December 7th, 2005, 03:43 PM
I agree with Lucky. I would try experimenting with different human foods to see if she likes anything, and move on from there (better to eat SOMEthing). If she won't even eat human food, there won't be much else to do. Sorry.

December 7th, 2005, 10:00 PM
Refuse to eat & weight loss, 2 serious indications of something wrong is happenning.

Please don't give up. Go to another, more experienced vet, to have second opinion.

Or go to a hollistic vet. I've heard that acupuncture may help appetite.

December 8th, 2005, 10:25 AM
Thank you for all your feedback...I'll see my dog tomorrow when I go up to Toronto and assess the situation...

I'm considering taking her to the small animal clinic in Guelph for a second opinion...But not sure if I'll find any new information, and or if I need a referral from my Vet...The car ride might also be too much for her.

She's been eating a little bit of human food and drinking plenty of water. She always perks up when I am visiting home, so I'll try feeding her myself. Begging for food is such a part of this Keeshond's personality, so something is definitely not right...

December 8th, 2005, 06:58 PM
We needed a referral for Guelph - but we went for midnight surgery and all X-Rays and other health related info had to be sent ahead of us. You might also consider the Emergency Clinic on McMurrich St. (just north of Bloor and Yonge) - it is open 24 hours a day and many specialists have offices at this facility. Hope your pup is okay.