Dog won't eat – ongoing for almost 2 months

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    Hi all, my mom’s dog is very sick and has been to multiple vets, as well as the emergency vet, more times than I can count. This all started in February. My mom’s Boxer is 8 years old and had been on medication for hypothyroid. She was a healthy weight and had no issues until she suddenly turned her nose up at food. At first, it was sporadic, then she consistently refused to eat. Watery diarrhea. Multiple vet visits and 15 lbs down they finally discovered she had a blockage, it was a wad of takeout paper napkins. They removed that, and she finally started eating for about 3 days post-surgery. Then she suddenly threw up her food on day 4 and refused food again. Watery diarrhea starts up again. Multiple vet appts after this checked for post surgical leaking or infections, but that’s not it. She is down another 10 lbs, and is nothing but a walking skeleton at this point. Emergency vet did ultrasound and more blood tests, ruled out cancer and post-surgical issues, and the only thing they discovered was that her bowels were massively inflamed. Sent her home with IV fluids and daily shot of dexamathasone.

    She’s been put on a massive amount of medications in this timeframe = started with amoxicillin, metroniadazole, vitamins, then probiotics. After surgery put on more antibiotics, then onto anti-nausea meds, then prednisone, then metoclopramide, then anti-diarrheal. Now she’s on a steroid shot in homes to heal the inflammation in her intestines and get her to eat. She’s also now on Cerenia for vomiting, although she rarely vomits (and rarely eats). All she does now is drink water, has watery diarrhea, and looks interested in food but won’t touch it.

    We’ve been told at this point to consider euthanization as a option, since nothing we do will convince her to eat. She’s not strong enough to even jump up on the bed anymore. We are at a complete loss and figured posting this in case someone has any new insight. Thanks for reading.

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    I have no words of wisdom. I am so sorry for what you are going through.

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    Patricia A

    So very sorry for what you are going through and for your poor Boxer. So the obstruction was cleared but she was on “massive amounts of meds”. Antibiotics could of caused the inflammation . Just maybe you can ask the vet if it is okay to go off the Cerenia and see if after a few days she’ll eat a little boiled chicken n rice. Don’t know if she’s on any other meds at this point but it obviously seems not to be of help. Please keep us updated. Prayers for her to get well.
    Cerenia Side Effects for Dogs
    Like all conventional drugs, Cerenia does have potential adverse reactions that dog owners should be aware of.

    While studies show that most dogs react fine to the drug, the following side of effects of Cerenia have been reported over the last 10 years:

    Lethargy and drowsiness
    Lack of appetite
    Excessive drooling
    Pain at the injection site (when it comes to the injectable form of Cerenia)

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