As some of you know, Zamboni suffered from pancreatitis last week.
If I had known more about pancreatitis, I might have been able to prevent this. It affects females more than males, older dogs more often, hypothyroid dogs very frequently, and cocker spaniels are particularly prone. Zamboni is a nearly 16 year old female beagle/spaniel (we were never sure what kind of spaniel), and about a year ago, she was diagnosed hypothyroid.
But I didn't know. And I continued to feed her a high-protein, high fat, grain feed food. She had thrived on it in in the past -- until last week, when she stopped eating and started to vomit blood.
She was hospitalized, stabilized, wouldn't eat in the hospital. But we did get her eating some food at home, finally. In fact, on Sunday, she ate about 40% of her regular food intake. And that was WITHOUT appetite stimulant medicine.
But Monday night, her packmate, Camper died unexpectedly. And she hasn't eaten a meal since, even with the appetite stimulants. I just boiled up ground buffalo, which is a bit fattier than I'd like, but I thought I have to get SOMETHING in her. She took a tiny bite (after a lot of begging by me). But that was it.
I'd like to think she just needs a few days to deal with her grief, but the problem is that she stopped eating LAST Monday, and other than Sunday, she hasn't really eaten much of anything. She's losing weight and muscle mass. She's drinking water, so that's good.
But I'm terribly worried. If you could send her your prayers, healing thoughts and energy, please, I'd really appreciate it. She's an older girl, but she had been doing quite well, keeping her GSD brother and her feisty beagle puppy sister in line, doing the water treadmill once a week, and going to the dog park with us twice a week, trotting around and having a great time. As you may recall, she had taken her first agility class last fall, and she still works on the agility equipment in our backyard every sunny day we have here.
She was almost out of the woods, but Camper's death was a huge set-back. But she's half beagle. She's stubborn. She's lost packmates before and bounced back. I know she can. I think this time, if she can get some help from her GSD friends around the world, it would help though.