1. Judy

    4yr old mixed terrier rescue has had a poor appetite & loose stools despite a variety of home cooked recipes, prescription food, & select Protien diets. All labs, abdominal Ultrasound are negative Anals ok. How can I stimulate her appetite so she enjoys eating?

    • Hello and thank you for your comment. I can’t make any specific recommendations as I have not met or examined this patient. However, in general, the most effective way to improve a patient’s clinical condition is to identify the underlying cause of the clinical signs and then begin definitively treating it. In this patient, why is her appetite poor? From your posting it is clear some reasonable testing has been done, but you don’t yet have a definitive diagnosis. As you may know (I’m sorry as I can’t tell if you’re a veterinarian or pet parent from your post), normal blood/urine tests and abdominal sonographic examination do not mean there isn’t a microscopic problem in a major organ system like the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, and/or adrenal glands, etc. Identifying the disease process is key to making a patient feel better! I would strongly recommend partnering with a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist in your area who can collaborate with you to develop a logical and cost-effective diagnostic (and ultimately treatment) plan. Best of luck!

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