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11 Year Old Sheltie
jltampa posted:
We have an 11 Year Old Sheltie who has been picky lately and not eating his dog food. He's always had a sensitive stomach and would sometime vomit his food but for the most part he's been healthy and energetic. The past month he's started to act a bit more lethargic and refusing to eat his dog food. He has no problem eating human food(following strict guidance for safe human dog food) but he tends to spit it up sometimes. He's been to the vet before for problems with vomit but this time he seems a little different and not as energetic. We have tried multiple dog foods, wetting his dog food, and mixing it but he seems to simply want to eat the human food. I know he is getting older but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as we are planning to take him to the vet in a couple days to get checked out.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi there,
Sorry for the delay and perhaps you have already taken him into your veterinarian. You describe very vague but important signs that could indicate a stomach problem, metabolic problem from infection, anemia, kidney or liver disease, endocrine disease to even a cancer. That is why we do recommend a veterinary visit particularly if your pet is not getting better as you know they aren't acting right. Perhaps your veterinarian was able to determine what the cause of your dog's picky appetite is on the physical examination, and we do tip of the nose to tip of the tail in veterinary medicine, but often we need some general bloodwork, even xrays to determine what the problem is so we can best treat it effectively and most cost efficiently. Sometimes we can provide so supportive care, fluids, appetite stimulants, intestinal protectants, until we can find out the problem. Please let us know what you find out. Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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