When your dog suddenly seems under the weather and loses their appetite, it can be a sign of a medical emergency.
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On Wednesday, not only Aspen wasn’t interested in her meals but acted withdrawn, avoiding any interaction.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.
Anorexia in Dogs