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Hi all,

I'm new here and this is my first post. I have an almost 2 yr old Frenchie girl, and over the last month or so she's been acting not herself. It all started about 4 weeks ago when she didn't want to sit down when being served dinner. I could tell she was trying, but she was in some kind of pain or discomfort and started shaking. She eventually ate but later that evening when we tried to pet her she was screaming of pain. We took her to the ER where they did bloodwork and x-rays but nothing showed up as unusual. They thought she might have injured her back, but that just seemed odd to me as she's in a very controlled environment and we don't let her jump on furniture or jump with toys.

She did improve within a few days, however, one odd habit remained. She's not eating. She will walk up to her food bowl, sniff it, then back up. She will smack her lips and go back to her bed. Sometimes she will lay in her bad and shake, and other times she will go into prayer position. This makes me believe there is some discomfort in her tummy.

Over the last weeks, I have taken her to two vets, spent thousands of dollars, and we still don't know why she's not eating. Here is what we have tried:

1. Different foods (she was on fresh food, switched her back to her beloved kibble which she ate for a few days, but not anymore)
2. Added yogurt, pumpkin, beef stock to her food ... still not interested in eating
3. Done X-Rays, Bloodwork, Ultrasound ... no foreign bodies, no signs of anything wrong
4. Famotidine to reduce stomach acid - no improvement in her eating
5. Started Omeprazole yesterday, but so far no improvement
6. She will eat treats and will eat when being hand-fed, but not a lot.

I'm really at my wits end about what to do. My vet suggested trying anti-nausea medication if the Omeprazole doesn't help since the lip-smacking could be a sign of nausea. She's acting pretty normal otherwise. She's alert and playful, but she's a bit more lethargic than usual and also distanced. She would usually never be alone in a room but now there are times when we are in the living room and she'll be sleeping alone in her bed in the kitchen. So something is definitely not right.

I realize this isn't a replacement for a vet here, but just trying to get some guidance or suggestions on what to do next.

Thank you
 

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Maybe a silly question, but are they sure it's a gastrointestinal issue and not an oral issue? Have they done a thorough check of her mouth and all her teeth?
 

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At this point, I'm not sure what they are sure of ... It all just feels like a big guessing game to me.
They did check her mouth and teeth and didn't find any issues. They did mention in the ultrasound report that she has a "subjectively" small liver and want to run some more tests to make sure she doesn't have Hepatic Microvascular Dysplasia
 
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