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Elongated Palate, collapsing trachea, and maybe polyps in the larnyx.
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missdetroit posted:
Please excuse me if my spelling is wrong. My 13 year old chihuahua has all of the above in the subject line. We do plan to have surgury as soon as we catch up on his other vet bills. My question is. We have been weaning him off phenobarb for 6 months now, and he's been completely off for 2 weeks. He is still on K-Bromide 2 times a day, and Aminophylline 100 mg twice a day for breathing and choking etc. His appetite has decreased so much since we started weaning him off phenobarb, but also he will eat some things one day, and the next day he turns his nose up at it. Sometimes he eats like a pig, and other days, like today, he doesn't want anything. I'm wondering if this problem with his palate, trachea, and polyps could be painful some days because it's like he really wants to eat, just not what we have been giving him. he has been on K-9 I/D canned for years. When they changed the formula, he wouldn't eat it. We have tried Paul Newmans, Natural Balance, Royal Canin, and he has no "favorite". So, now we put I/D in one bowl, Paul Newmans in another, and Natural Balance in another, and let him choose. Lately, he doesn't want anything but soft treats, even though I know he is hungry and wants to eat. Could he be in pain from his throat or could be have a bad tooth?
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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi Missdetroit.

Boy, your little doggie has a few problems.

Apparently he has a seizure disorder, hence the treatment with potassium bromide and phenobarbitol. I cannot see why decreasing the phenobarbitol would cause your doggie not to eat. Sometimes they eat too much on this drug but he should refuse food off the medication. Is he losing weight?
I would think that pain in the throat and/or a tooth problem would cause pain while eating but not necessarily refusing to eat. You did mention that you thought he was hungry but it is often hard to tell the reason for not eating.
Sounds like we need to get your veterinarian involved. They can help decide if a tooth is painful. Elongated soft palate and collapsing trachea really shouldn't make him not eat unless there is obstruction at the back of the throat. Again, your veterinarian could be able to determine that. If all checks in the mouth, perhaps some blood work would make sure the liver is okay (liver can be affected by phenobarbitol) and other organs.
Most serious problems would result in your dog not eating well every day instead of an on and off problem, but I don't like loss of appetite in a dog or cat. It is the sign of too many problems that I like to catch early.
Let us know what you find out.

Dr. Sandy
 
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missdetroit replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
Thankyou so much Dr. Sandy. It is a daily problem. He will eat his treats, of course, and that's all he wants to eat. We have tried different diets, as he has IBS. When Hills changed the formula for Canine I/D, another reason he quit eating. I understand that quite a few pooches at my vet do not like the new formula and won't eat it. We tried Natural Balance. He likes it a little, but it gives him diarrhea. Same with Paul Newman. Talked to vet and she has some recipes that she can offer. I've been very sick with this respiratory thing going around, so haven't been able to get him in. He used to eat like a pig, but he has lost weight, won't eat his dinner or breakfast, and wants treats all day. She suggested he may have Alzheimers. I think coming off the phenobarb greatly confused him, and he acts like he has Alzheimers. He was borderline Cushings Disease for many years, although I was not told, even though we had his liver enzymes checked often. Finally, they did the test for Cushings and he was 200 below the amount that indicates Cushings. They admitted being neglectful in letting that go, but now he is just on K-Bromide. They just doubled his evening dose because we had such a hard time giving him his morning dose. He was at 200 mg 2X a day, now it's 400 mg 1X a day. Now he just sleeps. I'm very upset. I've worked for vets,and lived all over the country in major cities. Rural vets just don't have what I'm used to. I love them dearly, but I just don't feel they are in the best of care. Thankyou again so much Dr. Sandy. You are a hero to animals and their families, and we so appreciate you. (((HUGS)))
Mary


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