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Briefly, I'm in a rural area with lousy vets, so 99% of the time I'm stuck doing my own research and diagnoses with my animals.

This is about my 13 year old beagle mix.

He was just fine until around 2am one night, when he was pacing weirdly and panting a lot. I took him outside, thinking he might need to pee, but he wouldn't leave the deck. That alone is weird, he usually runs out and it's a fight to get him back in!

Overnight, he threw up. I didn't see anything weird in it, mostly just the previous night's dinner.

He refused breakfast that day and wouldn't go outside. I was pretty nervous, but at around 10pm he went out, came back quickly, and then ate dinner!

That night and the next day, he seemed pretty much normal. Maybe a TAD wimpier than usual? It's hard to quantify.

The next morning my girlfriend got up about 2 hours before me. She said he was acting normal, and at one point was barking out the window, but then at around 11am he lay in the hallway and was panting hard again. That's when I got up; not only did he refuse breakfast and refuse to go outside, but I saw that he was stumbling and falling over. Very bad signs!

By around 3pm he wanted to go outside, but I had to carry him. When I sat him down on the lawn he more or less collapsed, then after a few minutes he stood up and tried to walk around to find a spot to go. He was stumbling and falling everywhere, pooping while walking. I was holding his hips, but he kept stumbling on his front legs, too. Eventually he collapsed again, and I sat outside with him (thinking he was going to die) until around 9pm. At that point it was dark so I carried him back inside.

He would drink water, but not eat.

Eventually I had to go to bed, so I blocked up all of my stairways and moved all of my furniture to leave him in the living room (the safest area for him). I honestly thought he would pass overnight.

This morning he was still with me, though; laying down but alert. I saw that he had pooped near the back door (so he was wanting to go outside at some point) and had thrown up just a little (yellow foam), so he had moved around some overnight.

I offered him breakfast, but he refused. He did drink water, though.

After breakfast I carried him outside. This time he stood up and walked around the yard, stumbling a little but not falling over or anything. He peed, then lay down in the grass so I brought him back in.

We sat in my home office for a few hours, and I gave him water every time he would take it. Later in the afternoon my girlfriend started to go outside and I was in the hallway, then Bane came walking up! I let him follow her to the stairs, then I picked him up and carried him outside.

Again, he walked around with a little stumbling, but never falling over. He peed, then walked around some more to poop. At this point he hadn't eaten in days so I was surprised there was anything left; it wasn't really poop, and it wasn't really water, but it was still more like diarrhea than poop. No blood or anything.

He walked a little more then stood and watched for awhile, then lay down in the grass. So I carried him back inside.

He refused dinner again, but I microwaved a sweet potato and mashed it with milk to see if he would eat it. Not only did he eat it, but he wolfed it down with gusto! I waited about 30 minutes and made him another one; he ate about half of it then stopped.

So now I'm kind of stuck on the diagnosis. I was sure that his organs were shutting down (old age, cancer, or heart failure), but drinking water kinda threw me off. And now he seems to have improved a little and voluntarily eating sweet potatoes (but refusing the regular food that he usually loves, refused my breakfast salmon that he usually loves, and refusing cracker treats).

Is it possible that he ate something poisonous?

Potential variables:

cicadas
ants / termites
spiders
rabbit pellets
snake (poop or bite, although I really just have black snakes)
lizards
muscadines (I haven't seen them yet and they're not in season, but unripened ones are possible)
acorns (same deal)

Or am I just being optimistic and this is less of a rebound and more of a minor rally?
 

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Can you do a videoconferencing "office" visit with a competent vet outside your area? Or get a home visit from a farm vet? These are the kinds of questions that require eyes/hands on the dog, not to mention bloodwork and measures of vitals.
 

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I understand your situation, but it is against forum rules to ask for or give medical advice. Either of those vets you don't want to see will be better option than asking a bunch of internet strangers. Even a vet would need to actually see your dog before being confident in a diagnosis.
 

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Sorry, Lilith! I wasn't actually asking for medical advice, though, just opinions from personal experiences :-( I'm about 90% sure that this is a rally, but it's such an emotional roller coaster!

For anyone interested, the sweet potatoes I'm talking about are small, maybe 1/4-1/3 lb. He ate the one with gusto at around 7pm, so I waited an hour and made him another one; this time with 3 tablespoons of Sojos Mature food (a raw freeze dried mix; 1 1/2 Tb of dry with 1 1/2 Tb of water that I let sit for 30 minutes before mixing with sweet potato).

He ate it with less gusto, but he ate it.

Then at midnight I made another one; a sweet potato mixed with milk and cream (to add some fat and protein), and 3 Tb of Sojos. He ate about half of it, and then I left the rest of it sitting beside of him if he wants it tonight.

He's walked around a bit more and hasn't stumbled this evening, but he still kind of collapses in to a laying position (on his stomach) after standing for a few minutes. So better than yesterday (when I thought he was on his way out), but nowhere near usual, either.

I'll update tomorrow, if that's OK?
 

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@Jason Carlton, opinions from personal experiences is still advice. Asking if he possibly ate something poisonous (!) falls in the realm of asking for medical advice. This is very clearly a medical situation where you need to consult with a vet. Once you have received a diagnosis, you are welcome to start a new thread to discuss that diagnosis, but you cannot continue to post on this forum about your dog's lack of appetite, possible poisoning, vomiting, and mobility issues without seeing a vet.
 
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