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I have a 8 year old (turning 9 this year) Golden Retriever called Echo. She's been me and my sister's beloved pet for a long time, and she was our first one too. She's always so happy and wagging her tail and taking our food and running about, but..

Lately, she's had a loss of appetite? Like, she usually demolishes her bowl of food in 10 minutes, but lately she just doesn't want to do that. I give her the bowl, and she just doesn't touch it. My father and I have had to hand feed her for a while now... She doesn't really drink either, although she'll drink when we shove the bowl under her mouth, so that her lips touch the water.

Another note on the eating thing: she doesn't spit the food out, she swallows it, but she won't do it on her own for some reason?

Also, when she sleeps, she always makes this weird snoring sound, like there's a lot of wet stuff in her throat. When she's in a really deep sleep, it goes away, but otherwise, it's really loud and it's there.

She always seems tired, so she sleeps a lot, but recently she's been getting up a lot and walking around the room wagging her tail. I don't even know what's up with her...

Seeing the vet isn't really an option, because whenever we go, the only thing we ever hear is "Your dog is dying, want to put her down?" without even doing a test. We at least want to know what's wrong with her before we do anything... she still has energy, so putting her down seems premature.

I don't know, could you guys please give me some advice?

(also, there is weird, yellow discharge coming from her nose...)
 

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She REALLY needs the vet. If she were my dog, I would get her into an emergency vet right now. She might be having trouble breathing and the yellow discharge from her nose is scary. They could tell alot with a chest xray and a blood test


The fact that she doesn't want to eat or drink is very SERIOUS.
 
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I'm sorry - from the sounds of what you are describing, your dog may have something like brochitis or pneumonia at the mildest. If it is cancer, then that too for the sake of your dog needs to be addressed by a veterinarian.
 

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Yes, you really need to see a vet ASAP. To me, when a golden doesn't want to eat, that is a HUGE red flag. Plus, the other things you are describing, something is definitely going on. Please get to her to a vet ASAP.
 

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If your vet has told you to put your dog down without even a test, you need a new vet. Where do you live? This board is very widely dispersed I am certain we can get you recommendations for vets who will actually follow the standard of care.
 

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I agree with Lennap. What city and state are you in? I am sure someone knows of a very good vet there.
If you google, you can also find an emergency vet where you live.
Is she having trouble breathing?
 

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Find A Different Vet, she needs to go to the vet please find one that will be concerned and take this seriously.
 

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I live in Burlington, Ontario. It was a specialist vet who told us to put her down, our regular vet doesn't know what to do, so they redirected us to the specialist. Some help that was..

No, she isn't having any problems with breathing, she just kind of snores and makes gurgly noises from time to time.
 

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I am so sorry that Echo is not feeling well and I know how worried you must be!
Did they take xrays and blood tests?
What did they say she has?
What kind of specialist was this?
Most vets or specialists would not say that, unless the diagnosis was terminal and even then you have a choice to proceed with some type of treatment.
How is Echo today?


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Thank you for all your help, everyone! The specialist was a neurologist, because they wanted to take a look at her brain to see if she had a brain tumor. When we got there, the specialist just told us she had a brain tumor without doing a test. They say the tumor is right in the middle of her muzzle, but shouldn't you be able to see it then...?

We took a blood test, like, 3 times, but they all came back normal. (When she had a couple of seizures in April last year, it was poisoning) We haven't taken any X-Rays because of refusal of the specialist.

Today, Echo has a bit more energy, and she also pooped (which she hasn't done for the last 2 days)I still have to hand feed her, but now when I put the food against her lips, she licks at it... sort of...

She also drinks a lot more water now, just chugging it down. She's still pretty wobbly on her paws though, and she falls over from time to time and makes really angry snorting noises.

Thank you for all the recommendations, Karen! I'll check a few of those veterinarian clinics immediately. :) Echo seems to have more energy then yesterday, which gives us hope, but I still don't know..

Well, thank you for all the concern, everyone! I really appreciate it. :)
 

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Thank you for all your help, everyone! The specialist was a neurologist, because they wanted to take a look at her brain to see if she had a brain tumor. When we got there, the specialist just told us she had a brain tumor without doing a test. They say the tumor is right in the middle of her muzzle, but shouldn't you be able to see it then...?

We took a blood test, like, 3 times, but they all came back normal. (When she had a couple of seizures in April last year, it was poisoning) We haven't taken any X-Rays because of refusal of the specialist.

Today, Echo has a bit more energy, and she also pooped (which she hasn't done for the last 2 days)I still have to hand feed her, but now when I put the food against her lips, she licks at it... sort of...

She also drinks a lot more water now, just chugging it down. She's still pretty wobbly on her paws though, and she falls over from time to time and makes really angry snorting noises.

Thank you for all the recommendations, Karen! I'll check a few of those veterinarian clinics immediately. :) Echo seems to have more energy then yesterday, which gives us hope, but I still don't know..

Well, thank you for all the concern, everyone! I really appreciate it. :)
If you don't mind a bit of a drive, get a referral from your vet to one of the specialists at the VEC in Toronto. They are currently operating out of the north clinic, as the building that houses the south clinic had a fire. But all their specialists are working. They have neurologists and a great oncologist. They also have great internists. Your dog needs to be seen by someone who wants to help her. They won't be diagnosing a brain tumour there without the proper testing. If your vet won't refer you, you can just go to the VEC as an emergency and get a referral from the emergency vet.
 
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Glad Echo seems to be doing a little better, but the loss of appetite, the yellow discharge from the nose, the falling over, are very worrisome.
Hope you will take her immediately to another specialist or vet!
 

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Hope you have been able to find another Vet and Echo will be able to get the care she needs.

Keeping you and your girl in my thoughts and prayers.

Please keep us updated.
 

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Thank you for all your help, everyone! The specialist was a neurologist, because they wanted to take a look at her brain to see if she had a brain tumor. When we got there, the specialist just told us she had a brain tumor without doing a test. They say the tumor is right in the middle of her muzzle, but shouldn't you be able to see it then...?

We took a blood test, like, 3 times, but they all came back normal. (When she had a couple of seizures in April last year, it was poisoning) We haven't taken any X-Rays because of refusal of the specialist.

Today, Echo has a bit more energy, and she also pooped (which she hasn't done for the last 2 days)I still have to hand feed her, but now when I put the food against her lips, she licks at it... sort of...

She also drinks a lot more water now, just chugging it down. She's still pretty wobbly on her paws though, and she falls over from time to time and makes really angry snorting noises.

Thank you for all the recommendations, Karen! I'll check a few of those veterinarian clinics immediately. :) Echo seems to have more energy then yesterday, which gives us hope, but I still don't know..

Well, thank you for all the concern, everyone! I really appreciate it. :)
A brain tumor on a dog's muzzle? Uh, that's really odd and yes, I think a specialist would do more testing before diagnosing a brain tumor. It's more likely a nasal cavity tumor if it's inside the muzzle area, but you would probably be seeing nosebleeds as well. Those are hard to diagnose without a scope and a MRI. Maybe I misunderstand what you are posting, but I really hope you can find a different specialist for Echo. I'm sorry you are going through this.
 

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