My poor little Spencer is sick, and we can't figure out what's wrong with him. He has some very odd symptoms, and I wonder if anyone else has ever experienced anything like this or may be able to offer any kind of help. Opinions, thoughts, ideas– we're desperate and will gratefully accept them all! Spencer has been getting pickier and picker about eating and losing weight and muscle mass. We have been trying everything to fix that, but then three days ago, he woke up unresponsive, almost catatonic. I rushed him to the vet, and we have done just about every kind of test and x-rays imaginable. The only thing that is off is that his alk phosphate is 2000! Spencer is a Fanconi dog, so his alk phosphate value has always been high and tracking upward. That's not uncommon in an older Fanconi dog, and it was 900 in September. But the rest of his values are in line, so he is not in renal failure... or liver failure... it's not his gall bladder, it does not seem to be pancreatitis and there is no sign of cancer.
This is his third day on IVs, and he has perked back up and is acting almost normal except he can't eat or drink. It's not that he doesn't want to-- he doesn't know how. He puts his mouth down to the bowl and has figured out how to make slurping noises, but he can't seem to get his tongue out of his mouth. He's not paralyzed; he just can't figure out how to drink. He seems as puzzled about it as we are. The vet says it's possible he had a stroke, but he is a Velcro dog and I saw no signs of that. Still, it's possible. So has anybody every heard of anything like this-- or maybe have suggestions or thoughts that I can discuss with the vet? We're baffled. We're feeding him with a syringe, and he's getting IVs, but we can't do this forever. Thank you for any help-- any at all!