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Sun, May 12, 2024
Behavior
Lethargy
Loss of appetite
Weight loss

She is usually very interested in sating and tries to eat other dogs food, snag treats etc. she can not get pregnant but has short uneventful periods. She is lethargic and lays around. Not like herself. Been about five days now.


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Dr. Frank
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Based on the symptoms you've described, your Chihuahua's lethargy and decreased appetite over the past five days could be indicative of several underlying health issues. It's important to consider that even though she is drinking and has normal urination and defecation, the change in her behavior and eating habits is significant and warrants attention.

The fact that she is not her active self and is laying around more than usual could be a sign of discomfort or pain. Dogs often become less active and lose interest in food when they are not feeling well. This could be due to a variety of reasons, including gastrointestinal issues, infection, hormonal imbalances, or even more serious conditions such as organ dysfunction or cancer.

Given that she is unable to have pups and has short, uneventful periods, it's unlikely that her symptoms are related to a reproductive issue. However, it's still important to consider hormonal or endocrine disorders that can affect spayed females, such as hypothyroidism, which can cause lethargy and weight changes.

In this situation, it would be helpful to ensure that she is in a comfortable environment and that her food and water are easily accessible. You can try to encourage her to eat by offering her favorite treats or warming her food to enhance the smell and make it more appealing. However, these are only supportive measures and not a substitute for identifying and treating the underlying cause of her symptoms.

If you notice any additional symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, pale gums, or if she becomes unresponsive, these are urgent signs that require immediate veterinary attention. These could indicate a more serious condition that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

It's also important to keep track of her weight. If she continues to lose weight despite your efforts to encourage her to eat, this is a concerning sign that her health is being affected.

In summary, while you can try to make her comfortable and encourage her to eat, the persistence of her symptoms suggests that there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed by a professional. If her condition does not improve or worsens, it is crucial to seek veterinary care to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.