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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.