|Barked: Sun May 12, '13 6:49pm PST |
|The "So You're Interested In Feeding Raw..." topic is the place to start.
What has the vet checked? Bowel issues can't be diagnosed with a general physical exam, which is what most people mean when they say a vet has "checked him over." I'd run a full blood panel and go from there. An abdominal ultrasound may be worthwhile. Going days without eating is not normal or healthy. There is something going on.
The flip side of that is when you get into specific GI issues, oftentimes the only way to diagnose is to do a biopsy. Biopsies are invasive, expensive and dangerous - especially for Akitas, who tend to have clotting issues - and the diagnosis (if you get one) usually means management with diet and supplements. You can do that perfectly well without a diagnosis. But I would want to make sure there is nothing weird on bloodwork before assuming this is a GI issue.
Does he have other symptoms? Diarrhea or constipation? Vomiting? Restlessness or anxiety?
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