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Sudden change and now no eating/drinking

My 14 year old Prince seems to be on the brink today. He has bad arthritis but otherwise has been great, and had perfect blood tests every six months, His next senior visit was to be in April.

Over the last week he pooped in the house three times. Each time he went outside to go, and I saw him in the position, but each time he walked inside and the pieces just dropped as he walked. Otherwise his normal self. I read through these forums and wasn't overly concerned, as he does have bad hips, and is old, etc. We just decided to clean it up without saying anything.

Last night I came home to feed him and let him out before I had to run back out. He gobbled his food as usual, and ran outside happily. All seemed well. I got home near midnight last night and he looked like he had aged five years. Wobbly, unsure, refused a treat.

He slept 12 hours and I finally decided to roust him out. He couldn't stand at first, but then managed to go out to pee. He came in, pooped on the floor, and fell down. He drank a ton of water but would not eat anything. He just seemed to get worse so we went to the emergency vet. He drank more water there. They did a full body exam which revealed he does have a lot of pain spots in his spine, but also the blood tests now indicate cancer.

We had been there three hours, so we decided not to put him through any more testing just then, as most important was to get him moving and eating. They gave him a Buprenex shot and sent me home with appetite stimulant liquid. He has refused any more water, and still no food. Maybe that's the shot. I am praying he gets up tomorrow.

Is this weird? Normal? I don't understand how he went from his normal self to what might be the end with the snap of a finger??? The vet didn't seem to think it was all that strange but I do.
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I'm so sorry to hear that Prince isn't doing too well, his symptoms do sound typical of a dog his age. I went through similar with my old boy. I hope that he rallies round and that he starts to eat and drink a little more. It's so hard to see them decline, but I hope you have some more treasured time together.


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So sorry for the big Prince, aka King.Any ultrasound ???Especially on the abdominal area?
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Sorry to hear about Prince, I would make an appt with your Vet to have him checked as soon as possible.

If he is worse or needs immediate attention, take him to an E Vet.
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Please, please, please get on the phone with your vet ASAP and talk about pain management for your boy. Please think about how you would want to spend your end of life chapter - most Goldens live for meal time, even in their latest years when they may not want to do much else. If your dog is feeling so badly that he won't eat or drink it is a major sign that he needs help from you. Quality of life at this point is everything. Don't quit pressing your vet to make sure Prince's last days are pain free.


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Cant agree more then what's already been said. The fact that they aren't eating multiple meals is a sure sign of pain and not doing so well. I always say, for as much as they rely on us for everything, food, water, love, shelter, general care, they rely on us to make the right decisions for them, including the hardest one of all.

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Thank you all. This morning he got up on his own to walk and get a drink, though we had to help him get outside to pee. Tail wagging, alert. I think the Buprenex shot had him down pretty hard last night, and now it's worn off. He ate a lot, drank, is interested in what's going on around him, but is still having trouble standing up and walking. I went to the cancer forum last night and this morning and I guess the seemingly sudden onset is not unusual after all. We'll be in to his regular vet in the morning to see what they say, and get some images of his chest and belly. We have his Gabapentin here which we can give him now that he is eating, and the vet yesterday didn't have any better options (we have tried Tramadol before with no result). I'm not going to let him remain in pain or live without dignity.
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Sending good thoughts to you and your boy.
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We've been to his regular vet this morning, new round of blood tests, series of x-rays. It's a 9cm tumor in his spleen. After everything I read over the weekend, it wasn't unexpected. Both vets recommended against surgery due to his age and physical condition (disc disease, arthritis). He has been sooo much better today, walking just fine, back to kibble, and we'll be doing steroids and Gabapentin until he shows us it's time. I'm just so happy he's not miserable anymore, and we have a little time. This weekend I thought we didn't have any at all.
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What a sweet sugar face boy. Treasure your days and spoil him as much as you can. I'm glad he's feeling better and sorry for the diagnosis.


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