April 4, 2016
"Nowadays, she will only eat when I hand-feed her," the mother said. "She used to be greedy for food."
The mother had adopted a 16-year-old Sheltie as a 12-year-old as her friend could not cope with 2 dogs.
"It is very kind of you to adopt such an old dog," I said. "Most people will not do it as there will be short life span and medical problems of aging."
The dog will not permit me to open her mouth. "There may be painful gums," I said. "The left nostril is dribbling with pus too. It is an upper respiratory tract infection since 2 months ago when you came in for examination and she needs a more effective antibiotics. "
Losing interest in food in an old dog could be due to many causes. One of them is tooth ache. Another could be cancer of the internal organs. A blood test is done.