How old and which breed is your dog, please? How long has he been symptomatic in that manner? His polydipsia (increased thirst) is worrisome. Drinking more than usual (polydipsia) and urinating a higher volume of urine (polyuria) are danger signs for quite a few disorders. These include both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, urinary tract infection involving the kidneys, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease (both will also cause increased hunger (polyphagia), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and brain tumor involving the hypothalamus. His vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in order to clarify what those symptoms are signifying.
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Thank you for the additional information. His back leg struggle can represent overall weakness, a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"), and/or the pain of geriatric osteoarthritis. His coughing in conjunction with" fairly heavy breathing" is worrisome for advanced cardiopulmonary diseases such as congestive heart failure, sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD), and neoplasia (cancer) in his chest cavity. There are many body systems involved in his malaise and so I'd be looking for disorders that affect the entire body such as I posted above. Those blood tests will help narrow down what's going on and X-rays of his chest should be considered as well. I'd be pleased to review any test results you could post in our conversation. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
You're pressing on his central abdomen. There are quite a few different structures under your hand but none of which I could envision throbbing.
I don't hesitate in offering anything imaginable to these dogs. I like your idea of syringeable foods. Meat flavored baby foods fall into that category and are often well-received. His vet is likely to carry a syringeable convalescent food such as Hill's a/d but I think it's too late for you to get the vet hospital in the UK. Don't worry so much about his caloric intake; most important is his fluid intake. Allow unlimited water and see if you can tempt him with milk, cream, broths, and bouilons.
Anything is OK at this point. Yes, most dogs are lactose intolerant. You can purchase lactose-free milk or don't worry about it. I'd rather he eat the "wrong" food than not eat the "right" food.
Oh my goodness, you've thrown fits into the mix. It's starting to sound like he needs to get a job.
If the bloating represents an abdominal effusion (collection of fluid in the abdominal cavity) a small amount of that fluid needs to be extracted and analyzed. Blood would indicate a bleeding tumor or coagulation defect, clear fluid could indicate right-sided heart failure, hypoalbuminemia (low serum albumin level) as might occur with a poorly functioning liver unable to produce enough albumin (a small protein necessary to keep fluids inside vessels and out of body cavities) or loss of albumin through damaged kidneys or bowel, and a fluid filled with inflammatory or neoplastic cells might indicate infection or cancer, respectively.
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With no history of coughing, CHF isn't likely. Polydipsia, inappetence, and abdominal effusion point to either hepatic or renal insufficiency.
I'd like to review all of the test results for you. Can you upload a copy of them to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy at home but his vetvet can give you one which you can scan into your computer and then give me the file link or you can photograph the pages and upload them by using the paperclip icon (if you can see that icon) or by using an external app such as dropbox.com/
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