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What’s Causing My Maltipoo to Refuse Food, Water, and Shake Lethargically?


Dear VetBabble,

I have an 8-year-old Maltipoo who seemed fine a few days ago, but recently, he’s been refusing to eat or drink and just lays down shaking. What could be wrong with my dog and what can I do to help him?

Thank you for reaching out! It’s crucial to address your pet’s health concerns, and many other pet owners may have similar questions. We’ll cover the possible reasons for your dog’s condition, signs that it’s time to worry, and potential steps to take. Always remember that consulting a veterinarian is the best course of action when you’re unsure.

Possible Causes of Your Dog’s Condition

There are various reasons your dog may be experiencing these symptoms. Some common causes may include:

  • Illness or infection
  • Dehydration
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Digestive issues
  • Underlying medical conditions, such as kidney or liver disease

To determine what exactly is causing your dog’s symptoms, you will need to consult a veterinarian for further investigation. Blood work, a physical examination, and additional tests may be necessary to pinpoint the cause and develop a proper course of action. Our article “Is My Puppy Tired or Lethargic?” can provide more information on recognizing the symptoms and seeking appropriate help.

Signs That It’s Time to Worry

As a loving pet owner, it’s essential to know when a health concern warrants serious attention. Some warning signs that your dog is experiencing more severe issues include:

  • Continuous refusal to eat or drink
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Visible pain or discomfort
  • Lethargy or extreme weakness
  • Breathing difficulties or changes in heart rate

If your dog hasn’t drunk anything in the past couple of days, dehydration is a significant concern. In this case, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. More information about recognizing and addressing serious health issues can be found in our articles “Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry” and “Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea?.”

Steps to Take and When to Consult a Veterinarian

If your dog is displaying concerning symptoms, it’s crucial to take the following steps and consult a veterinarian:

  1. Monitor your dog’s behavior, eating and drinking habits, and any changes in health.
  2. Make note of any potential stressors in their environment and adjust accordingly.
  3. Consider whether a change in diet could be the cause of their symptoms and revisit our article, “Why Won’t My Dog Eat?” for more guidance.
  4. Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if your dog’s symptoms persist or worsen.

Please remember that consulting a professional is the best course of action when it comes to your pet’s health. A veterinarian can properly diagnose the issue and provide tailored treatment options for your furry friend. We wish you and your Maltipoo the best of luck and hope that they return to their healthy, happy selves soon!

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