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Dog losing weight/ no answers

7 year old dog has been losing weight for the last few months and is now skin and bones. He has been through numerous tests, had food changes, IV shots, antibiotics for urinary infection (cleared up). We even changed vets and just before christmas we were told we would have to make a decision with him if no progress. He had the infection and was sick, vomiting when he had the infection but hasnt been since the infection cleared. The thing with him is that he stopped wanting his food so we have had to give him what we prepare for him like hamburger and rice, chicken, etc because of him losing so much weight. But he acts like he still hungry. He will eat treats and drinks lots of water. He isnt crying or whining like he is in pain but looks like he is starving  to death. The vet said that any other tests would be to invasive and suggested it may be cancer but noone has any definitive answer to what is wrong. My question is, how do i know if he is in pain. He will get up and run with my other dog every now and then. But looks like he is dying. I dont know what to do,
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1916673 tn?1420233270
Ghilly has offered some good suggestions. I would also wonder about kidney diseaes, given the loss of weight and thirst. This could be discounted with blood tests at the vets. I assume they checked blood results for kidney failure?

In the short term, it seems it is important to get something nutritional in him. Personally, I would advise something like Green Tripe, which you can usually get in tinned or frozen form from a good pet store. If bought frozen, cook a 2 inch square chunk in the microwave at 30 per cent power for 10 minutes. It must be GREEN tripe, not white tripe used for human consumption. Dogs invariably love it, even though the smell is a bit offputting for humans. It also contains lots of nutrients and minerals, while being fairly gentle on the digestive system. I've never known a dog yet to turn its nose up at green tripe, so give it a try if you can (mix with a little cooked white rice). Tony
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441382 tn?1452810569
I'm so sorry you're going through this.  There is NOTHING more frustrating than having an animal be sick and not be able to figure out what it is.  If only they could talk and tell us what they are feeling.  

Do you live near a veterinary college?  My best advice would be to take him to a veterinary college to see what they can come up with.  They have state of the art diagnostic equipment where many small vet hospitals and clinics do not.  

Since you said that they have tested him for numerous things, I am assuming they have tested him for diabetes?  Thyroid?  Cushings?  Have they done any ultrasounds or MRI to rule out a blockage?  The fact that he drinks a lot of water makes me think diabetes or Cushings, but I can't imagine a vet running tests on a dog who is losing weight without testing for diabetes.  I also cannot imagine a vet suggesting that you have to make a decision if there was no progress without doing everything possible to determine what this is!  Vets shouldn't just throw up their hands and quit!  Find another vet in that case, one who is willing to go a bit further to see what the problem is.  

Sorry for my post being so disjointed.  I just spent two days in the hospital myself with a horrible stomach flu so I am just typing my thoughts as they come rather than  making them into a coherent paragraph.  My apologies for that.  

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