dramatic weight loss in elderly bassett

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    I have an 11 year old bassett hound who in the last few weeks has lost a significant amount of weight. She was still eating small amounts of food when we began to notice the weight loss, but is now completely dissinterested in food and we have to feed her using a syringe. any thoughts or suggestions?
    Have not been to the vet yet.

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=abbysmom]I have an 11 year old bassett hound who in the last few weeks has lost a significant amount of weight.

    Have not been to the vet yet.[/quote]

    Let’s first see what the vet exam, blood and urinalyses show.

    Dr. Jeff


    we went to the doctor and they did some blood work, it came back with high white blood cell counts. Her liver function was normal, and kidney function was down slightly, but that is due to dehydration. Right now the doctor is saying she has an infection of some kind, not sure what it might be, but he put her on an antibiotic and she recieved iv fluids on tuesday, they subcut. fluids on wed. We are in a wait and see pattern, right now, trying to see if the antibiotics will help, but she still won’t eat. We are having to force feed her some hill’s prescription diet A/D, getting one can in per day is the best we are getting. Any thoughts or suggestions??

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=abbysmom]Any thoughts or suggestions??[/quote]

    A definitive diagnosis should be sought before treating empirically. If your regular vet doesn’t have one I would seek the opinion of an internal medicine specialist.

    Instead of just waiting and seeing (which is always better than over treating) you should immediately start treatment with an experienced vet homeopath. S/he will treat the underlying energetic disease process which resulted in the physiologic manifestations of the disease. This imbalance caused both the clinical signs/symptoms as well as the biochemical abnormalities.

    Good luck. Please let us know what you do.

    Dr. Jeff

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