Loss of Appetite in a Dog: What Would You Do If It Was Your Dog? Aspen Loses Appetite

When your dog suddenly seems under the weather and loses their appetite, it can be a sign of a medical emergency.

Loss of appetite in a Dog. What Would You Do If It Was Your Dog?  Loss of appetite can by a sign of a life-threatening condition.

It happened fast. One day, Aspen was wrestling with her housemate and having a good time. She was enjoying her day and nobody would suspect there could be anything wrong.

The next day, Aspen didn’t finish her turkey wing.

Her parents figured Aspen’s jaw could have been sore from chewing on beef bones and icicles she has been enjoying. When offered canned salmon instead, Aspen did hesitantly eat it. That was on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, not only Aspen wasn’t interested in her meals but acted withdrawn, avoiding any interaction. When her mom groomed her to look for suspicious lumps or sores, she didn’t find any. However, Aspen’s heartbeat seemed abnormally fast. Was it time for a vet visit?

Aspen looked tired and was panting.

When jumping in the truck, Aspen couldn’t quite make it and needed help. That was a reason to see a vet in itself because it has never happened before. The pieces of the puzzle were coming together in a concerning picture.

On the way to the clinic, Aspen didn’t look comfortable and continued panting.

When her veterinarian saw Aspen, lying on the floor and panting, she was concerned too.

After she examined Aspen, her vet ‘s face was serious. She didn’t expect a happy news.

Aspen was clearly anemic.

The question was why. A bleeding splenic tumor? They took some of Aspen’s blood to see what it can tell them.

Meanwhile, Aspen was getting more uncomfortable and her breathing becoming more labored, as time went on.

What would you make of these symptoms? Would the loss of appetite in your dog raise a big red flag for you? What would you do if it was your dog?

Read Aspen’s story.

Related articles:
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Loss of Appetite
Is Loss of Appetite an Emergency?

Further reading:
Anorexia in Dogs

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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