I have a Maltese/Terrier mix named Backus. He's two years old. He's always lively and rambuncious but now and then (and this is one of those times; henceforth, I'm writing about it) he gets very lathargic and his tail is down. His eyes are clear and his gums are still dark pink but the way he acts - he's definitely sick. He becomes flatulant and I believe is constipated. He mopes around the house and tries to hide in our closets. He's inattentive when we pet him and won't eat his food. This can happen for seemingly no reason and usually he's fine in a few days. However, during these "spells" he seems really miserable and we don't know how to treat this problem. He prefers to sleep all day and goes to another part of the house to hide from us when we try to give him attention. Does anyone have an idea of what causes this "sickness"? He doesn't throw up or cough, just lolls around almost comatose.
my fiance' has a cocker spaniel, that lives with his parents now becuase he doesnt get along with my cats, or our puppy. He went through the same thing at the age of 2, he would have these "spells". Lethargy, not really eating, just lying there. So they eventually found out that he has Addison's disease.
He is on a boiled chicken and rice diet. He is 9 years old now and has been taking Prednizone for 7 years twice a day. plus another steroid twice a day, not sure which one. usually dogs with Addison's dont survive very long..Timmy has been fortunate, but not without consequences.
He is not a normal dog anymore....yeah he is alive and yeah its great but he has seizures, he shivers ALL the time.He also has bloody stool often. Muscle spasms occur very often. The top of his head is known as a "pred-head" very triangular and bony. He is not a happy dog that he once was. He also has a problem with emotions, he growls when you pet him...but wags his tail....when he is annoyed he goes into "aggressive spells" now, instead of the lethargic ones. he now bites as you are petting him, aggressively, developed food and object agression..out of nowhere, literally. and became aggressive towards other dogs. So the predizone has made him a very unstable dog. If i was his parents, i would put him down...i feel so bad for that dog, it kills me to see him. but they nurture that dog as a child, and the fact that he sometimes plays or runs around is what keeps them from making that dredful decision.
I pray to god that your puppy is just sick with a tummy ache but you should take her to the vet ASAP!! and get all the blood work done.
As a physician, I can tell you...better be safe than sorry. Get all the tests done that you can to make sure that nothing is "overlooked"
BTW: The cocker was purchased from a pet shop! My fiances' parents were unaware of the dangers of this. Nor were they aware of where petshops attain their animals from. But Addison's disease is a congenital disease in animals and results from possible inbreeding, or just very poor breeding. Too bad that you can only find out after a few years.Thats why one should steer clear of pet shop animals.
***Edited By: JULZZ819 on 4/6/2005 1:40:09 PM*** Reason: add
Dawn, it's hard to say what he may have. My mom's Boston gets that way sometimes where he won't eat and acts like he doesn't feel good. He usually vomits too, but the vet thinks he has a sensitive stomach and possible irritable bowl syndrome. He also has spells of diarrhea with it. Your vet will be able to help you out. He may want to run some bloodwork, which may help him diagnose something. I hope it's nothing serious like Addison's. And I hope he feels better!
HELP..PANIC..could some one explain the syptoms of addisons disease is dummy terms..i did google the subject but come up with scientific explanations and addisons disease in people...i have seen how it is caused and it seems like there is no way of reversing it once it has been contracted..so please could i have just the syptoms
The reason im asking is because my dog has a few syptoms and im not sure if its addisons or just him..
~ sounds really yucky but my dog (doberman) gets real bad eye bogies. the other day i he was lying down and an one obviously smeared onto the carpet..well he licked it and the skin on top of his skull started to crawl and it was like he was in a trance and his tongue came in and out realllly slowly in a licking manner his jaws also shaked/clacked together alittle..he has managed to eat several eye bogies this way and has done the same thing again~is it because he just loves the taste!!!! or a sign of addisons as i have heard that they can have spasms..
~he is also a nervous dog but i put this down to his abusive start in life..he has got alot better with this and is making small leaps of progress..BUT sometimes seems to have periods of anxiety at times when hes normally fine.
~he also has diarohea (loose bowels..cant spell it sorry) i put his down to him having a really bad worm infestation (which he was treated for) and it was his gut sorting itself out. Also i didnt realise that dogs could get irratable bowel syndrome..could this be it..
i have also read that these dogs can sometimes act aggresive but he has never done this he is very loving. Sorry for a huge post Twinkletoes U.K