I have a 9 year old German Shepard mix. I rescued him off the streets back in 2009. He has been such a blessing. Being that he is nine he has had some arthritis issues the past year and a half. As time has gone on he has become more stiff and all, but this past Friday everything has just gone down hill.
He couldn't climb up our stairs Friday evening. I carried him up then he walked to his bed. I gave him some food and he sort of picked at it then he just froze standing there and didn't move for a minute or two. I had him lay down. He didn't finish his food which is definitely weird for him. He is a little under weight because of some kidney problems in the past that he lost weight from and its been hard putting it back on him, but when he knows I am going to feed him he will run around all excited. Hasn't done that since Thursday.
Saturday came and he had no interest in his dry food. Still drank water though. Same thing when going to the restroom, he can go down the stairs, but not up. Sunday I got him some canned food and he ate that up. Monday he ate the canned, but seemed less interested. This morning he again ate it, but it was like I was making a picky child eat vegetables he didn't enjoy it. He eventually threw up his breakfast.
Now he won't eat his food at all. It's hard for him to get up, but he manages. Today it's been a little more difficult for him to go downstairs and I still carry him up. He takes forever to poop because it's hard to get into position. I am going to a vet tomorrow, but I have no idea what I am in for. I know older dogs eventually have too much trouble with walking and will need surgery or to be put down, but I never thought all this would happen so fast.
He doesn't cry like he is in pain, but I think he is. I have been giving him half a baby aspirin in the morning and at night. I honestly now think it is more than just bad hips. Am I wrong? I'm thinking maybe it's something Neurological. Any advice you guys have is really appreciated. I am truly scared for my baby. I can't stand seeing him like this and I don't understand why it is happening soooooo fast. Please help us......