Thanks for the ideas. A friend suggested baby food, I meant to get some today (or actually have my father pick some up as he went shopping for me) and forgot to put it on the list. Will have to do that tomorrow. The rice powder is good to know about too, didn't know they even made that. Tired ice cubes, and ice chips, he has no interest at all.
This evening I noticed he was starting to get dehydrated, so gave him some subQ fluids which he perked up after, which was good. Will probably have to repeat that again tomorrow. (checked with vet 1st, they said go ahead)
I will ask vet about the nutrical and pediolyte (not sure about that since he is getting the subQ fluids), but pepto I think I'm not supposed to give because of one of the meds they are having me give him.
Flat coats, the only major health concern as a breed is cancer, specifically histosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma. X-rays and ultrasounds have ruled those out. (which is very, very good!) No one knows what is wrong with him. 3 different vets at the usual practice we go to looked at him, numerous vets at the ER/specialty clinic looked at him (ER vet, dermatologist, internal specialist, interns, sr vets, etc) and another vet at a practice where my friend is a tech. No one knows what is going on other than, "that's one sick dog".
As to me, I started to get rather sick when my other dog was sick 3 weeks ago (seizures). It's been a very bad month. Migraines are getting more frequent, fibro is flaring, don't remember the last time was able to sleep more than a few hours at a time, anxiety attacks, etc. My dogs who aren't ill are all working over time, and one of my good friends has taken to practically living at my house in the spare room when she isn't at work and another friend calls and e-mails and otherwise harasses me to remember to eat and drink something on a regular basis. And on top yesterday I learned that my health insurance company that covers my meds says I'm over their coverage limit for the year so they aren't going to pay for any of my meds till Jan 1st. Why that had to happen this month of all months, I don't know, but it did. So trying to work that out on top of everything else. (making some headway, just more additional stress)
my head is rather spinning. I really need to get this dog to eat voluntarily. Still force feeding today.