Location: South East UK
Joined: Mar 2005
First of all, I'm so sorry, you're going through this with your poor dog, and it's not dissimilar to what I recently saw in my young puppy after her spey, when she got infected, and like you say, as I watched her, it was as if she wanted to eat but couldn't! Now whether that's because although they might feel hungry, their body is telling them, it's not a good idea coz of how sick they are, because I'm a great believer in the fact that if a dog's sick, then it just won't eat, no matter how much you try, and sometimes, out of the blue, whoaaa they come up to you as if you haven't fed them for a week, they're ravenously hungry, and they eat and you wonder what all the fuss was about, and then the next day, you're back to square one! Oh I've been here many a time believe me
When you say they can't do bloods because of the steroids, I'm questioning that, because one of my older dogs has lived on steroids his entire life, sometimes with a big jab of them and for now, one tablet every single day which has been the case for about 2 years now. They have done bloods on him numerous times, and one night at 11pm when I rushed him in there, they did bloods (he was ON steroids at the time) and told me he had an enlarged liver, so I'm questioning the fact that they can't do them. Another reason is, if ever they wanted to give him a nsaid tablet for pain relief such as Rimadyl, then they always say, they will have to wait 24 hours if he's had a steroid PILL, but if he's had the jab, then they tell me it's about 3/4 days, so why is yours that amount of time I wonder???? Yes, I agree, bloods could give a false reading blah, blah, blah, BUT, if my dog could show up an enlarged liver on his bloods when he had a steroid tablet that same day, then surely to God, if they did bloods, it might just show them something? I would insist on it if it were me, sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns, YOU are the client, you get what you ask for no matter what they say if you're the one paying and it's doing no harm to your dog!
Re: the food. Your dog knows best, like I said earlier, and if you can't bear to wait until he tells you, or if he's not telling you at least once during a day or two, then a tin of pilchards is good, mashed potato with fish still warm, scrambled eggs still warm, if you can afford it, go and buy a cooked chicken from Sainsbury's or Tesco and rip up some of that, that's usually worked for me in the past! It's the SMELL you have to concentrate on, that always comes first in a dog's mind, then they go for the texture, so don't worry about that cardboard hard kibble for now, stick to something enticing and easy to digest, it's not as if he's a puppy and you've got to sustain growth, you need to tempt him to eat, but one thing I can most definitely tell you is, no cannot force him I'm afraid! Take a horse to water and all that!
Good luck and please let us know what is working for him, and get those bloods done, if it's 3 days or more you should be fine imo!