Wed, Mar 27, 2024

Here we go: ok, so my mom had a ESA dog, Max. My autistic daughter had a ESA dog, Tisha (Max & Licorice's mom). Licorice is my ESA dog.
My Mama died October 10, 2023. Her dog Max died October 23, 2023 from a broken heart. Max stopped eating, lost weight but drank water up until about 5 hours before he died. Tisha, stopped eating but drank water then threw it up and I say when she collapsed afterwards I say she was having strokes. We made the painful decision to put her to sleep as she was suffering. Hardest thing I've ever done.
About 3 weeks ago, I noticed Licorice would eat less and less and gained weight. He doesn't act like he used to. Can hardly get him to get off the bed to go outside to potty. He also rubs his butt on whatever he sees. The rug, the bed, etc.
I'm worried ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
The first picture is of all 3 of the ESA dogs. Licorice is on the top of the chair. He's solid black. It shows the difference in his weight.

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I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you and your pets have been facing. The decreased appetite combined with weight gain could indicate a metabolic issue such as hypothyroidism, which is not uncommon in dogs. This condition can lead to lethargy and weight gain despite a reduced appetite.

The behavior of rubbing his butt on various surfaces suggests he may be experiencing discomfort in his anal area. When the anal glands don't empty properly, they can become uncomfortable and even infected, leading to the scooting behavior you're observing.

For the anal gland issue, you can try to apply a warm compress to the area to provide some relief. However, this is often a temporary solution, and if the glands are impacted or infected, they may need to be treated by a vet.

And keeping him active with regular, gentle exercise can help manage weight and improve overall health. Provide him with plenty of water.

However, given his symptoms, I recommend taking him to a hospital to determine the exact cause. It may include blood tests to check for hypothyroidism or other metabolic conditions, and assess his anal glands for any issues that need to be addressed.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! I sincerely hope you and Licorice stay healthy. Thank you.