My boyfriend has a GSD-mix that is 14 years old. He is a really old boy and it shows. His hips are 70% shot, he has bad eczema and he is very skinny despite being fed an extraordinary amount of Solid Gold three times a day.
He's been in this state for the better part of the last two years and although he has been taken to the vet several times, everything has checked out at normal levels. We've done full check-ups, blood panels, urine tests, looked for worms, parasites, everything and all they can tell him is that "Blazer's old." (Thanks, that's helpful.)
Lately, Blazer has been starving himself. This is VERY unusual as he's always been extremely food-motivated. He has always scarfed down his food at a worrying speed. In the last month or so he has finished his kibble only halfway, so they started leaving it out all day for him.
Awhile ago he began throwing up the small amount of kibble he did eat. Finally he stopped eating his kibble altogether. After two skipped kibble meals they tried canned food. He rejected it. They put him on rice and boiled hamburger which he typically loves. Still nothing.
After he refused the rice and hamburger it marked two full days of him not eating and I told them just give him anything that he will take. In his state he cannot afford to go without nourishment for so long. He will not eat anything at all. Not treats, not a small piece of hot dog, not even his lactose-free milk that he adores. He sniffs it, then turns away. If you try to handfeed him he will keep turning his head away from you until he gets so fed up that he will actually get up and hobble away from you.
He is going to the vet either tomorrow or Wednesday but I am worried that this is the end for him. I know it's not uncommon for senior dogs to start rejecting food in their last days. I haven't voiced these concerns to my boyfriend because he would be distraught. They rescued Blazer 13 years ago when my boyfriend was 5 years old.
I don't know what kind of advice you guys could give right now but I'm really worried. It hurts me to see both him and his dog suffering like this. Please, any words at all will be appreciated.