My dog still won't eat 3 weeks after dental surgery
My 10 year old Keeshond mix, Sarchi, had his teeth cleaned 3 weeks ago and needed to have 6 teeth removed. Since then he will not eat. We took him back to the vet a few days after surgery. The vet said he was healing well and gave us Prescription diet a/d critical care to try to get him to eat. He ate a little of it the first time that we gave it to him but then would not eat it again. We have made him cut up chicken breast and rice which he used to love on special occasions when we mixed it with his regular dog food. But he would not eat it. We have tried hamburger which was his very rare special treat but he would not eat it. The only thing he will take 2-3 bites of is ham or a hot dog. I know these things are not good for him but we are trying to get him to eat anything because he is getting so skinny. He will gulp water and then throws up.
We took him to another vet and that vet gave us Royal Canin Recovery RS and Gastro Intestinal High Energy wet dog food and told us to leave it in his dish and not feed him anything else for 2 days. Then if he had not eaten, bring him in for an $800 complete physical workup. Tomorrow the two days are up and he has not eaten any of it.
We are so worried that something happened when his teeth were cleaned/pulled. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this and have any suggestions?
Sorry to hear your dog is having these problems. I would be concerned too. I soppose he had anesthesia for the cleaning? Was pre-op blood work done, esp due to his age? I don't know about an $800 work up but I would at least want to start with a complete blood panel to check liver and kidney function. I assume his mouth has been thoroughly checked for any infection or possible bone fragments/ splinters that may be left? Him vomiting his food is a concern. The Vet didn't suggest something mild to settle his stomach? Did the second vet give him agood oral exam? Did the vet who did the procedure mention any problem with intubation? Thus is a tough one. I have had a couple of dogs in the past that some residual problems with anesthesia but not for this long. Go with the Vet you feel most comfortable with or even try a third one. I would definitely get the blood panel done.
Please keep updates and good luck.
He did have anesthesia for the cleaning and both vets checked his mouth and he does not appear to have an infection but the blood work will show if he has an increased white blood cell count. Not sure if pre-op blood work was done nor did the first vet mention any problem with intubation. However, Sarchi did have a very sore hip for several days from the penicillian shot. We are going to take him to the vet today for the complete blood panel. The second vet did give him a shot for nausea and pills to give him each day to help with the nausea. This has stopped him from throwing up.
It appears that our dog has a severe case of Pancreatitis which was accelerated by the anesthesia and trauma of having his teeth cleaned/pulled . Even though we take him to the vet every year for a full physical this was not caught. He definitely should have had the pre-op blood work done. He also has kidney disease. He is at the hospital now for the next two days getting fluids to flush his system and strong pain medication. Morale of the story: No matter how good you think your vet is, do your research on what should be done each year at a physical exam and make sure that the vet is doing all the needed tests so that any diseases can be caught early. Also, make sure that if you are getting your dogs teeth cleaned that you have a full blood panel done to ensure your dog is healthy enough for the treatment.
Sorry to read this and was surprised, esp due to his age, a pre- op panel wasn't done. pancreatitis can be difficult to deal with. Hope he pulls through this. He will have to br on a very strict, low fat diet. Is this the vet that did the cleaning? If so, I hope he gives you a discount on that bill!
Thanks for the update and good luck. :-(
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