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What did they do for her when she got into the tomato fertilizer? Has she had recent bloodwork? How complete was the bloodwork? Did it include phosphorus, IONIZED calcium, Vit D and/or PTH? The fertilizer may have thrown parathyroid regulation out of whack. An elevated phosphorus level will squash an appetite.

It might be time to consult with a vet specialist. I hope you find a solution quickly!

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There are several different sensitivity tests that one can do at home. While some scientific literature doesn't think the testing is that great, my personal experience has been that it does help - and that addressing sensitivities indicated by testing has corrected many health issues, more than just a skin irritation.

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How long have you been in this house? Have you tried setting up a place to sleep and hang out downstairs to see if he eventually becomes growly even on the first floor? All electrolytes, including IONIZED CALCIUM are within normal range?

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Perhaps a narrow ramp (with carpeting) on one side of the stairs might help.
I have seen improvement in a couple of seniors when higher doses of omega 3s and Vitamin E were added to their diets. MaxxiSAMe has also helped one with poor motor control.

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What antibiotics is he on or was he given when his teeth were removed? I've had some stop eating when given certain antibiotics. Did they take dental x-rays? One of our fosters had an abscess show up on x-ray that was not visible even when the b was anesthetized for a dental. Has bloodwork been repeated after surgery?

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In addition to more exercise, try more mental stimulation. Teach more words/commands. Play more games like hide and seek (check out scent training). Get some puzzle toys. You could try giving him a box with newspaper or plain paper trash to shred, redirecting him to the shredding box every single time he starts to shred. There are a few (less cozy) heavy duty dog beds that you can try while working on retraining. It will take a lot of diligence and consistency to get it done since he is so mature and set in his ways, but it is possible.

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@mmasco So sad that this little guy is having troubles!

The metronidazole I've used has always been in pill format. It seems you are using a compounded liquid. Does it require vigorous shaking prior to administration? Perhaps too much of the medication has precipitated out.

If he's not absorbing iron, it could cause him to have anemia while also having green (usual darker green to almost black) stool. Too much calcium could interfere with the absorption of iron.

Has his bloodline been tested for hemolytic anemia or pyruvate kinase deficiency?

If it's not possible to have an internist check him out, your regular vet might find it helpful to consult with an internist at a specialty practice or a veterinarian associated with a university vet school program. I would want to have followup as quickly as possible. His hemocrit level is not far from needing Epogen (or similar) injections.

He is already failrly anemic according to his bloodwork. That would explain his lethargy at times.

Is he getting any supplements or anything in addition to his food? Any added calcium? What anti-diarrheal is he getting? What hydration pack? Have they checked his ionized calcium? It may be elevated even though total calcium is within the normal range.

I would get him to a specialist, internal medicine, asap.

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So sad that this little guy is having troubles!

He is already failrly anemic according to his bloodwork. That would explain his lethargy at times.

Is he getting any supplements or anything in addition to his food? Any added calcium? What anti-diarrheal is he getting? What hydration pack? Have they checked his ionized calcium? It may be elevated even though total calcium is within the normal range.

I would get him to a specialist, internal medicine, asap.

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@seungsoo-lee Did they share results of ionized calcium and parathyroid hormone testing? Do they have equipment and specialists who can check the parathyroid with ultrasound?

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I'm sorry he has to deal with this.

Has your vet checked his ionized calcium level and PTH level? Has kidney function been checked? Depending on the parathyroid function and the cause, there are a couple of options to manage his condition. How well that can be done depends on how early it was caught.

I have seen parathyroid function affected by other health conditions including chronic kidney disease or Fanconi Syndrome and nutritional (calcium) deficits, particularly when young.


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