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My Jack Russell is having seizures and losing weight

by Steve Young

We have an 11 year old JR and he was abused as a pup. We got him from a rescue centre.He has got a misaligned jaw which was done to him when he was abused.
He has had several skin tags over the 7 years we have had him and now has developed lumps on his body. He is almost blind now and although he will eat like there is no more tomorrow he is losing weight rapidly and has been having funny turns almost like seizures.
He has always been wormed regularly so we do not think that is why he has a huge appetite. If he eats more than he should he is always sick. We feed him once a day and it is usually 150gram tray of bakers dog food. Anymore than that and he is sick. We have tried to split his food in to 2 times a day ( same amount 150g split in to 2) but he will be sick after the morning feed. He has total disorientation bumping into things and has to be right at my wifes feet all the time. He has always slept most of the day since we have had him but now he seems to constantly sleep except feed time.
Can anyone help please ? we obviously don't want to have him put down unless its the kindest thing to do. He used to be like a little barrel but now he seems to be wasting away.

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Feb 21, 2014
Jack Russell having seizures
by: James

Steve and Lisa - I really hope that is not the case and that it's something much more treatable. Either way I know how hard it is to see your loved one like this! I know you will shower him with love and attention. And if it's not good news, I wish him much peace in the time he has left.

Jan 27, 2014
Many Thanks
by: Steve

Dear James
First of all I would like to thank you very much for your kind and honest comments.
I think my Wife and I were suspecting that this could be the case and after reading your comment, it seems that this unfortunately may confirm our thoughts. We will of course be taking Jack to the vets and see what the vet suggests. As much as we are feeling that to have him put to sleep would be the best for him I don't think it is going to be an easy decision.
If meds would keep him pain free and prolong his life for a little longer then we would welcome as much time with him as we could possibly have until it becomes too cruel for him.
Please accept our sincere thanks for your kind response. And a big thank you to the website for just being here.
Steve & Lisa

Jan 26, 2014
Jack Russell declining health
by: James

I'm so sorry to hear about what your pup is going through. Sounds like he had a rough start early in life but was very lucky to find his forever home with you and your wife. Unfortunately your Jack sounds a lot like mine did. My Jack had a brain tumor that was causing weight loss, confusion and seizures. I'm hoping that it's not the same for your Jack. Our vet did give us some meds to make our little guy more comfortable but really there was not much to be done. When we though quality of life was really diminished is when we made the decision to let her go. But, I'm sure a vet will be able to give you more ideas as of what is going on. Thinking of you and your Jack!

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