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Is our 17 year old doxie dying???

May 3rd, 2008, 10:10 AM
My mom has a 17 year old miniture doxie that has for the last 3 days has not been eating food, at least that we know of, he is drinking and peeing okay. No bowel movements though. But is vomiting up bile often. He just lays around, walks ultra slow, so weak. If we brush against him he almost falls over. The other two doxies are at his side sometimes sleeping which NEVER happens. We have tried to give him tuna in water, and cheese to just get him to eat something. We gave him a warm bath and dead fleas came off( he is on advantage) and lots of hair was shed. That is unusal for him. Do you think he is dying??? He doen't appear to be in any pain. He is 17 years old.

Dr Lee
May 3rd, 2008, 10:42 AM
I am sorry that your pet is not feeling well. It is important for him to be evaluated by a veterinarian.

It is important when we look at older pets to realize that while geriatric pets may have more probability of having fatal disorders, many times they have very treatable conditions. With an advancement of age, sometimes simple infections can become more serious if not addressed sooner.

It sounds like a veterinary evaluation, blood testing and urine testing and possible radiographs would be in order to evaluate the state of your pet. These tests can help figure out what is occurring and provide some level of prognosis.

Good luck. :pawprint: