My dog is not eating or drinking & looks like he's in pain.
13 yo mixed breed rescue dog.
He has not eaten properly in 2 days or drank much water. He is crouched slightly and seems reluctant to move around much.
Have been to the vet but there are no obvious sources of pain. He was prodded and poked every where with no pain in his abdomen or legs or neck or spine etc.. Vet suggested it being his back or spine? Was very sudden. What could it be?
It could be any number of things. Poking and prodding are fine, but in order to find out what the problem is, proper diagnostic tests have got to be done. Did the vet take blood to do a complete blood panel? This will tell whether or not his liver and kidney values are where they should be or whether there are problems with these two major organs.
Our pets can be amazingly stoic when it comes to showing pain. In the wild, to show pain or sickness is to make oneself a target for predators, and even though a dog may trust his vet enough to allow him to poke and prod to a certain extent, when it comes to showing real pain, to an animal that is baring their soul, and they can still be reluctant to show pain, often until it is too late to help them.
I would go back to the vet and insist that they do bloodwork. Your dog is obviously uncomfortable, the hunched position itself is indicative of pain and/or discomfort of some kind, and since palpation did not work to reveal where that is, the next step is to do tests to find it. I would call today and try to get him in there today. The more time that goes by, the longer whatever it is has to do damage to your dog, or at the very least, the longer your dog will be in this discomfort.
The vet gave him a pain killer & also an anti-inflammatory injection last night & sent me home with some tramadol for him. He seems a bit better today. He drank some water, and ate a few pieces of his favorite ham which he wouldn't eat this morning. He stood up to greet us at the door too but still seems to be uncomfortable. I was going to leave him the rest of today and if there is no substantial amount of improvement tomorrow to take him back in for the blood tests etc. The vet also recommended an x-ray of the area.
An x-ray is an excellent idea. It will at least give you a clue as to whether it is something structural or not. If nothing shows up on the x-ray then you'll be dealing with something more nebulous, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it. The bloodwork will be extremely important as well, because that will give your vet the info he needs right off the bat as to whether or not this is something that is affecting his organs. Please let us know how things go tomorrow. You're in my thoughts.
Max is awful today. No strength in his back legs, can barely walk, restless wont eat, havent seen him pee etc. took him to the vet first thing this morning and they think its something in his spine, a primary spine problem. I am waiting on blood results now, they are giving him something for the pain. I have left him there for the day. its not looking good at all.
Blood work came back normal. Still no idea what it is specifically! xray of his lower back was done and nothing was found.. doing another xray of the upper part of his spine to see if there is anthing there. It must be a nerve damage of some sort? It happened so suddenly! Sunday night he was acting a bit strange, took him in Monday Tuesday and today and we still dont know what it is. Max is a whimp and will show pain if the painful area is touched.
Get them to check for tick-borne diseases. Depending on where you live (?) also consider possible spider bites (especially Black Widow) /snakebites....Even in the UK the False Widow's bite can cause a lot of pain, and cause some quite serious effects. And the False Widow is becoming very common. I have seen lots of them.
That's just a thought, I may be way off the mark. However, you would probably have noticed some amount of local swelling at the site of the bite.
Otherwise, I wonder if it's possible he has a badly pulled muscle or tendon. This may well not show up on an Xray but may be inflamed enough to cause pressure on a nerve. And there is nothing like a badly pinched nerve to make anyone -including a dog- almost unable or definitely unwilling, to move at all. Also that would affect appetite for sure. The reason he hasn't been to pee may well be that to get up and go out would be painful
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