So now that some time has passed, I can tell you with certainty that Pooch has recovered from his sharp decline a couple of weeks ago. We've figured out that he stopped eating because he doesn't seem to recognize food for what it is anymore. He ACTS hungry, but put a plate of chow down in front of him and he just hovers over it, confused. I mentioned in a previous post that we've resorted to syringe-feeding him, and the weird thing is: he LIKES it! I feel our relationship has taken a kinky turn.
I sit over him on the floor, gripping him so he can't escape, stick the full syringe in the side of his mouth, and he *glugs* the food down. If I'm too slow at pushing the food out, he bites at the end of the syringe. AND, if I pick up any food that spills out of his mouth and offer it to him on a spoon, he turns his head away; if I put it back into the syringe, he can't gobble it fast enough. Weird. Luckily for him, it's not too much for us to handle at this point. So, we'll keep doing it.
Now that he's recovered, he's back to doing what he does best: snuggling, sleeping, and, well.... dog stuff.