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My boxer is now 6 and she's been a very healthy eater. She eats around 5 cups of dog food (taste of the wild) split into two servings per day. Mealtime is normally her favorite time of the day. Her vet says she is a healthy size and said she could gain 5 lbs but still he is fine with her weight. We've tried adding peanut butter to her food, chicken, tuna etc and nothing puts weight on her.

Last month she started to get ill. She stopped eating and drinking and became lethargic. We took her to our vet and she was dehydrated with a 103 fever. Her blood work was normal so they pumped her with fluid, gave her anti-nausea medicine and gave us a round of antibiotics to give her. After getting re-hydrated she felt great and seemed to be like her old self. We went through the round of antibiotics and she seemed great for 3 weeks.

A week and a half ago, she stopped eating again and drinking. She seemed even more lethargic and unresponsive. I started giving her pedialyte and had the vet give us another round of antibiotics hoping we could avoid another $300 vet bill. Saturday we ended up taking her to the ER at an animal hospital. They did the comprehensive panel on her and found nothing in her blood tests. Laila had a fever again of 103.3. Her blood tests had shown she was dehydrated again and malnourished which they said was normal since she wasn't eating or drinking. They ran a lyme test, heartworm, intestinal worm test. The vet said she ran everything she could think of and all was normal. She did an xray on Laila and found nothing. She pumped more fluid and anti-nausea medicine in her and advised us to keep her on the antibiotic. She said if Laila starts to get like this in the next few weeks to get her to a cancer specialist. She thinks Laila could have cancer since all blood work is normal.

Has anyone else had problems with their boxer going through this and be something else other than cancer? Right now she is eating again and not 100% but re-hydrating her has definitely improved. Something is causing her to stop eating after a period of time and get dehydrated. We are on our 2nd round of antibiotics and we are hoping she will feel better with those.
 

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This doesn't sound very good at all :(

I find it strange that her temp. Spikes yet there is no indication of infection on her blood work. Sometimes pain can cause an increase.

I would also suspect a mass some where and would request an Ultrasound by an internist.

In the mean time, try making her some raw satin balls. The good thing is they are 70% moisture but I would also cook up some liver broth and syringe that into her if she refuses to drink.

Raw Food for Dogs Satin Balls Recipe for Weight Gain - BARF: A Bones and Raw Food Diet for Dogs


Liver Broth

Buy two packages of sliced liver from grocery store
Boil 6 cups of water and turn burner to a simmer
Add liver and let simmer for 5 minutes
Remove cooked liver and cut up into pieces for later treats (store in fridge)
Store broth in fridge and give as much as dog will drink in a day
 

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Was the ER vet board-certified in Internal Medicine? The IM vets see the vast majority of complex GI cases. It sounds like they didn't find any enlarged lymph nodes that might indicate cancer. I think an ultrasound (done by a specialist)might be really helpful, and that along with an endoscopy was ordered when we couldn't pinpoint recurring nausea.

We're near specialist hospitals, and I made an appointment with an Oncologist for a consult when my vet said to wait a bit longer. The charge was actually less then my regular vet, and we got tons more information.
 

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I know this is random but do you find small amounts of vomit in random rooms/places in your home in the morning? If so, does it sometimes have undigested kibble in it? Bella, who I just put down a few days ago, had an issue with her pylorus in her abdomen. It is a valve that dumps contents from the stomach to the small intestine. It is a very common issue with boxers and bostons, etc. (see pyloric stenosis). It's just a thought. Bella had different symptoms than your dog (no fever, no dehydration, no vomiting, and only one round of diarrhea 10 days prior to putting her down). The vet was baffled and we essentially had to cut her open to find that she was full of two types of cancer.

I am absolutely not saying or even suggesting that your dog has cancer. All i'm saying is I wish I had been more aggressive earlier in Bella's life in potentially treating the pylorus issue. I'm not sure if it would have made a difference, but the vet explained that the problem with these dogs is that they're so strong and built for survival. Because of that fact, they often times won't alert you that something is wrong until things start failing in their bodies.

On other thing- have you considered a blockage? Blockages, depending on what it is, can come and go and create symptoms and then symptoms go away. Think of one of those caps that are on the toddler's squeeze fruit pouch. If it were in the intestine, for example, it could turn on its side and cause issues for a while and then turn another way and open things back up. You'd also probably have infection issues with a blockage.

I'm not trying to sound like a know it all, but if she were my dog, i'd be tempted to let the vet open her up and see what is going on in her abdomen/stomach area as well as all of her other vital organs. You know she wasn't poisoned because the symptoms are transient.
 
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