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Old 10-15-2014, 07:35 PM
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I too had a similar situation a year and a half ago my almost 5 year old chi stopped eating suddenly. Vet visits all blood work normal, xrays normal. In the interim we were feeding her with a syringe with baby food put at the back of her teeth slowly so she would swallow. She has been diagnosed with steriod responsive meningitis was on 2.5 mg every day to start and now is on 1/4 of 1 mg tablet every second day where she will be maintained the rest of her life. It was so nerve racking on my whole family I honestly thought she would die before they figured out. The way the vet explained it to us is that her body is attacking her immune system. She is almost back to normal has her days but since the day they gave her the steriods she starting eating again. I tore my hair out for 2 weeks and no one could figure out her problem.

I hope this helps I still think if we had not given her the baby food she would have died because she would eat nothing and I mean nothing. She did drink water in small amounts but at one point they had to IV her for the day.
Thank you for sharing your experience. It is so scary when we know our chi babies are sick and the vets can't come up with a diagnosis. My husband and I were so worried Lina would die. Yesterday she refused all food and water and just stayed inside her crate. We've been feeding her Nutri-Cal for nutrition and Children's Pedialyte for hydration with an eye dropper to keep her alive.

I'm glad to hear your chi's illness is being managed by medicine and she is still with you.
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Hi Lina's Mommy,

I registered today just to respond to your post. (I have read here for well over a year). Anyway, my little Snoops is just recovering from something very similar to this. And it took a long time and many tests - we still don't know exactly what's wrong, but pancreatitis for sure. Inflamation on her intestines, possibly ulcer's. She also just started to go downhill - she had a torn ligament and like a complete idiot, when the Metacam (from the vet) ran out, I gave her tiny doses of Aspirin. Apparently that was deadly....her body just started shutting down. She was throwing up so much that when I first saw it I thought it was from my Beagle (Snoops is 7lbs). I'm trying to make a long story, many vet visits/tests shorter. She spent 2 nights at the Vets for fluids. She was so severly dehydrated that I was at the vets or emergency vets almost everyday. Her gums were WHITE! There was no signs of blood anywhere though, not in the throw up, stools, etc. She had an MRI, x-rays, Addison's disease test, tick-borne, lyme's, and other tests. Her body is making the red blood cells but also destroying them, or at least it was. She'll have another test tomorrow night to confirm that that has stopped, which I believe it has. If I can save you any heartache - at first the vet also suspected Cancer but none was found. I ended up taking sub-fluids home and giving my Snoops an IV everyday. I had pedaite with a syringe, but that doesn't help a dehydrated body...fluids taken by mouth aren't absorbed into the areas that the body lost all the water, so sub-fluids are so important, inexpensive and relatively easy to give at home. NO fat (or very low), so it was just boiled chicken for awhile. Now I mix boiled chicken with Canine Caviar Holistic Special Needs Dinner (crunchies), along with bottled water in a food processor so it's soupy. I put that in a syringe (along with various meds that she's on) and she loves it! As soon as she started eating better she started turning the corner. It has been a very long 3 weeks, I even took a week off from work, but she is getting better...it's just a slow process. I'll be looking to see what your vet said today. I wish you all the best, don't give up - they're little fighters, just be prepared for loss of sleep, gray hair, and lots of kisses when Lina gets better. PS - Sorry about the misspellings, I'm at work trying to rush (sneak) this in!
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I will pray for her and you its the sudden occurrence is what prompted me to message you as mine was fine one day and the next she wouldnt eat at all. By the fifth day it was breaking my heard that her stomach was empty and I just did what I had to do as all the tests blood work, xrays etc were coming out normal. One vet even thought it was behavioural and I was very offended and told the owner vet what I thought of her. After a week she started with a head tilt and was banging into things thats when the vet set up a neurology appointment. It will be 2 years in January and I thank my most caring vet for keeping her alive this long. She is happy and so far all her tests come back normal. We dont know what triggered it but so far so good.

You are in my thoughts today for sure. Please keep us posted on the outcome.
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Hi Lina's Mommy,

I registered today just to respond to your post. (I have read here for well over a year). Anyway, my little Snoops is just recovering from something very similar to this. And it took a long time and many tests - we still don't know exactly what's wrong, but pancreatitis for sure. Inflamation on her intestines, possibly ulcer's. She also just started to go downhill - she had a torn ligament and like a complete idiot, when the Metacam (from the vet) ran out, I gave her tiny doses of Aspirin. Apparently that was deadly....her body just started shutting down. She was throwing up so much that when I first saw it I thought it was from my Beagle (Snoops is 7lbs). I'm trying to make a long story, many vet visits/tests shorter. She spent 2 nights at the Vets for fluids. She was so severly dehydrated that I was at the vets or emergency vets almost everyday. Her gums were WHITE! There was no signs of blood anywhere though, not in the throw up, stools, etc. She had an MRI, x-rays, Addison's disease test, tick-borne, lyme's, and other tests. Her body is making the red blood cells but also destroying them, or at least it was. She'll have another test tomorrow night to confirm that that has stopped, which I believe it has. If I can save you any heartache - at first the vet also suspected Cancer but none was found. I ended up taking sub-fluids home and giving my Snoops an IV everyday. I had pedaite with a syringe, but that doesn't help a dehydrated body...fluids taken by mouth aren't absorbed into the areas that the body lost all the water, so sub-fluids are so important, inexpensive and relatively easy to give at home. NO fat (or very low), so it was just boiled chicken for awhile. Now I mix boiled chicken with Canine Caviar Holistic Special Needs Dinner (crunchies), along with bottled water in a food processor so it's soupy. I put that in a syringe (along with various meds that she's on) and she loves it! As soon as she started eating better she started turning the corner. It has been a very long 3 weeks, I even took a week off from work, but she is getting better...it's just a slow process. I'll be looking to see what your vet said today. I wish you all the best, don't give up - they're little fighters, just be prepared for loss of sleep, gray hair, and lots of kisses when Lina gets better. PS - Sorry about the misspellings, I'm at work trying to rush (sneak) this in!
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Poor Snoops! My thoughts are with her for a full recovery. Please give her extra hugs and kisses, and treasure the time you have with her. Our fur kids' lives are short, and we have to say good-bye too soon. Kindly keep us updated about her health. I will keep everyone posted about Lina.
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I will pray for her and you its the sudden occurrence is what prompted me to message you as mine was fine one day and the next she wouldnt eat at all. By the fifth day it was breaking my heard that her stomach was empty and I just did what I had to do as all the tests blood work, xrays etc were coming out normal. One vet even thought it was behavioural and I was very offended and told the owner vet what I thought of her. After a week she started with a head tilt and was banging into things thats when the vet set up a neurology appointment. It will be 2 years in January and I thank my most caring vet for keeping her alive this long. She is happy and so far all her tests come back normal. We dont know what triggered it but so far so good.

You are in my thoughts today for sure. Please keep us posted on the outcome.
Thank you for sharing your experience. How scary for you and your fur baby that she got sick suddenly and there still was no diagnosis. I'm so glad her health is good so far. Give her lots of hugs, kisses, and love. Our pet's time with us is so limited. I will keep everyone posted about Lina.
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Update on Lina: We bought her home around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. She looked exhausted, but was glad to be home. Our vet gave her IV for nutrition and hydration all day, which helped her a lot. He also gave her medicine to increase her appetite. Lina ate ¼ can dog food at the vet’s office during the day. After she came home she ate a very small amount of chicken. We held her in our arms and cuddled with her until she fell asleep.

Lina woke up this morning and was slow walking about with her tail tucked under her – she is not feeling well. She did not want to be bothered by Bella. I gave her medicine that increases her appetite. She then ate a small amount of salmon dog food, but I also gave her Nutri-Cal to supplement the calories. She is drinking a little water, but I gave her Childrens Pedialtye with an eye dropper as supplement.

Our vet did an ultra sound and ran a number of tests on Lina. He told us it takes time to get the results from all the tests. We'll have all the test results later today, and will keep you posted. We are very worried about Lina...
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Oh you poor things, at least she is eating, even if its only a little its better than nothing. The Vet must have been confident to let her home and take her off the IV, all you can really do is what you are doing already and give her lots of love
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Any news from the tests? Is Lina any better today? Praying it's nothing serious.
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