Q. My dog is lethargic and has lost her appetite, her stomach is also making loud gurgling sounds, this came on rather suddenly, what's wrong with her?
A. She may have ingested something that isn't agreeing with her GI tract. Monitor her and if the symptoms worsen, seek veterinary attention. If not, withhold food for 12-24 hours. Allow small amounts of water or unflavored PediaLyte. Resume feeding a bland diet ( boiled boneless / skinless chicken and plain white rice) in small, frequent amounts. Serve warm or mix in a teaspoon or two of baby food to stimulate the appetite. If her appetite does not return or she begins to vomit, see your veterinarian.
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. Lethargy and loss of appetite can mean an number of things ranging from a simple dietary indiscretion to a more severe IMHA (immune mediated hemolytic anemia) or pancreatitis. If your pets gums are white in color this is considered an emergency and I recommend taking her into the vet right away for treatment.
If the gums are not white and your pet is overall stable, then I would recommend you have her examined by a veterinarian and potential bloodwork as soon as you reasonably can, to pinpoint exactly where these symptoms could be coming from so that this can be treated promptly and appropriately.