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Tyke, my 16 1/2 year old patterdale terrier, is becoming increasingly hard to feed, he also drinks only a little too.

Up until he had tablets from the vet (anti androgens to shrink his prostate) he used to eat chicken, veg, rice, mixer, every meal and loved it. But on the 3rd day of his new tablets he refused his usual meal. We stopped giving him the tablets, a listed side effect was appetite changes. But that was 6 months ago.

He now will only occasionally eat good quality slices of meat like best beef, ham, corned beef, hot dogs and tuna. But its getting harder and harder to feed him. 50% of the time he'll just refuse to eat and even when he does 90% of that time he'll only eat if the food is hand fed to him, he's eating less and less.

He does something strange with his water too; he goes to his bowl, puts his head down as though to drink, but 75% of the time doesn't actually drink.

He's lost some weight but isn't really skinny yet. I haven't phoned the vet yet. The last time he was at the vets 6 months ago he had a blood test and chest x ray (he has fits every couple of months or so), all clear.

The only things he has rarely refused are dog chocolate drops and sweets like dolly mixtures (he doesn't get many of these because of the sugar but if push comes to shove i will feed him more of these if he's hardly eating anything else).

Any ideas on how to get him eating and drinking normally again?
 

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I think this is a question for your vet. We can't ask for or give medical advice on this forum. I know you saw the vet 6 months ago, but your dog is 16 and a senior's health can decline rapidly, so it's important to keep in close contact with your vet. Changes in eating or drinking habits are definitely a reason to visit the vet.

Once you have discussed this with your vet first, you can start a new thread to discuss the diagnosis.
 
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