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  • Older Jack losing weight

    My little JRT who is 16 has started to lose weight at an alarming rate. She does not act sick.. Took her to the vet and they ran tests. Her liver enzyme is high but no other abnormalities. She just looks emaciated. She is eating. She is not a picky eater and we are giving her as much as she wants. She has not reduced her intake at all but just looks horrible. She has dropped another pound in the last 3 weeks. She is down from 17 lbs to 12 so you can imagine how pitiful she looks. I'm making eggs for her every day but this does not seem to be helping. She is on a couple of medications but nothing seems to be stemming the loss. Does anyone have any suggestions? She really does not seem to feel bad and looks alert.

  • #2
    This is the very same thing that happened to our JRT...although he was only 7 He even had the liver enzyme issue...and they never did find out what was wrong, but we watched him go from 14lbs. to 6.5lbs in 6 months time, and opted at that point to put him to sleep...We fed him SO much food, even table scraps to try and stop the weight loss...he never seemed "sick"...but the one thing he did that was unusual is "stretch" out with his rear hiked in the air....sternum on ground, front legs stretched way out...vet thought he was trying to relieve some abdominal pain :/


    • Original Poster

      Ok, I do realize that this is probably fatal, but does anyone know what this is? Is there any particular food that would help or hurt. The vets seem baffled.


      • #4
        If she's not throwing up or anything along those lines, I'd try the most calorie dense foods that she will eat.... and feed her smaller amounts but more often thru the day..if she'll eat gravy and cheese added in without it making her sick that way, I'd try that too. We lost our JRT mix this past Aug and don't know why...he also had high liver enzymes but he was throwing up everything he tried to eat or drink...he was only 10 :-( From the sounds of it, whatever food you try really isn't going to hurt.


        • #5
          I am not a vet and I don't play one on TV.

          I am sorry to hear that your pup isn't doing well. ((hugs))

          To be frank, my first thought would be cancer, more specifically, lymphoma.

          But have they done a malabsorption test to see if her GI tract is in good working order? It's not terribly uncommon for older dogs to have a harder time absorbing nutrients.

          I'm assuming she's not having loose stools though or you'd have mentioned it? You might try to get her on a food that is really easy to digest and high in calories. But with such a little pooch, that kind of weight loss doesn't give you a lot of time to do the diags.

          What meds is she on now? What does your vet say?

          I would be inclined to get the GI workup.
          A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...


          • #6
            We had several GI tests/xrays and the like done...we never did get a diagnosis...we fed our poor dog lots of high fat foods to try to stop the weight loss, nothing worked...it was very bizarre. Another real strange thing he did was randomly vomit (never any food, or after eating) but it would look like a small amount of water with some sand in it...again, no diagnosis, everything else was fine...he was just soooo skinny...he even lost most of his muscle mass


            • #7
              Ok, I do realize that this is probably fatal, but does anyone know what this is? Is there any particular food that would help or hurt. The vets seem baffled.
              I would ask for a referral to a specialist if your vets are baffled. Often times an internist can do an overview on the bloodwork/xrays already taken (so no extra fees), but may also suggest an ultrasound, especially with high liver enzymes.

              Generally a consult with a specialist is $100-$150, well worth the money to get a highly qualified vet take a peek at your pet and go through all the possible diagonstics/treatments with you.


              • #8
                I agree with Buddy that this sounds like cancer cachexia.

                I would seek an opinion of an internal medicine specialist, simply to get answers you can understand and accept. Your regular vest should provide the records lab and radiology for the consult visit

                Cachexia is very complex and is not about taking in calories , or not.
                -- * > hoopoe
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                Introverted Since 1957


                • Original Poster

                  I've been giving her lots of omelets. She loves them and she looks a bit better. Im taking her in next week the day after Christmas to have further tests, but she is 16 and hopefully they can figure this out.


                  • #10
                    Good luck. I hope that you guys figure it out and it's something easy. ((jingles))
                    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                    Might be a reason, never an excuse...


                    • Original Poster

                      I honestly think we're just at the good day, bad day stage. Actually took her in today and vet does not want to do further tests. So today we're having a good day. She's licking up egg nog, slurping gooshy dog food, scrambled eggs and cheese bits. She looks alert and seems content. The fact that she seems comfortable is all I'm looking for.