Original Question: "I have a Terrier mix who is 12 years old and lately has had a full loss of appetite and shivers. I have taken him to the vet twice to have blood work done and all of the results were normal. He seems to be wasting away; do you have any idea of what could be wrong? Please help." - Sandra
I'm glad to hear that you have had your dog checked out by your veterinarian. It's unfortunate that the blood tests are normal in that we don't have a clear picture of what's going on but it's good that we have eliminated some possibilities. Some conditions unfortunately cannot be diagnosed with a physical exam and blood tests so further testing such as radiographs or an ultrasound may be needed. A few possibilities to talk with your veterinarian about would be inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.
I hope this helps!
Dr. Ryan Llera
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