Thank you very much for your answer. Because Victoria ONLY stops or nearly stops eating after her season, can there be a physiological link between the hormone changes in her body that tell her brain that she isn't hungry? Because I have monitored her food intake so religiously and she has just had her third heat the pattern of food intake is identical over the 6 month periods - which hormone gets released after the heat? Obviously her reaction if it is hormone related is acute - is there any relationship between these hormone changes that could account for such a marked difference in her eating. I understand your suggestions - Victoria is exhibiting no signs of illness. One thing in your description of hypoallergenic foods now makes sense because Victoria will still take tiny bits of one treat, which is a 50% chicken strip which could be hydrolized to the point that Victoria is accepting of it. Sorry to go on but I have to understand if there could be the hormone link to her exceptionally worrying lack of eating which is now in its 9th day.
Thank you so much for all your comments regarding Victoria - I have been fighting her corner since I had her at 8 weeks and no, she didn't want to eat then either!
I have a few questions which I would be really grateful if you could help me with.
a) If her progesterone levels were abnormally high - what is happening in her body and without eating would this raise her blood sugar levels?
b) Could this lead to her being hypoglycaemic? - Is there anything other medical conditions that could result if her progesterone was too high?
c) When you discussed the possibility that Victoria has an underlying digestive problem, can something like pancreatitis have no other obvious 'ill' effects than not eating?
d) If oestrogen has an anti-inflammatory effect, when the hormone that takes over is progesterone ( and bearing in mind that the dog now considers she's pregnant) why doesn't progesterone also have an anti- inflamatory effect?
I'm so sorry I have SO little knowledge but after 2 1/2 years as you can imagine, it has been very stressful!
I am so so grateful for your answers to my very inept questions particularly on hyper v hypoglycaemia sorry!!
I have one ( I promise just one) question
Can a smouldering pancreatitis be tested for?
(I promised just the one question!!)
Thank you Michael - I have never believed that Victoria had a 'behavioural' problem - it has been too acute and for far too long.
You have helped me so much and I am so so grateful to you ( here in the depths of Somerset UK)
Kindest regards ***** ***** the water!