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Ask the Vet About Weight Loss in Dogs and Cats

Weight Loss in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Weight Loss Causes in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Feb 8, 2017
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight loss

Question:I have two black labs. One of the is loosing weight rapidly. She has not lost energy or her playfulness. She is eating the same amount or more than usual. My other lab has shown no signs of this. I was thinking it could be a tape worm.

Answer:Hi Matthew, There are many things that can cause rapid weight loss, including metabolic issues. I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. You can book a vet house call at http://bit.ly/2k0cWop. Regards, Tiffany Veterinary Assistant

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Severe dehydration weight loss

Question:What causes this

Answer:Lots of things actually: kidney disease is probably at the top of the list, but cancer, diabetes, severe intestinal parasites(worms), gastrointestinal virus (like parvovirus - puppies usually), hyperthyroidism (cats), Addison's disease, etc etc. Some of these things are very treatable (intestinal parasites), some are only manageable. Your veterinarian can help decide which and determine the best course of action.

Date: Jan 15, 2017
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Over eating

Question:Will a squirrel eat itself sick or to death? I had one eat a whole cob of corn and I hesitate to put out any more

Answer:I doubt squirrel will eat itself to death

Date: Jan 12, 2017
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Over weight cat

Question:I have five inside cats. One is extremely over weight. He is just a lumpy walking football. When I pet him, all his belly and sides are is a tight wad of lumpy fat. I am so worried about him, because I have never seen a cat this fat. He has trouble getting onto the couch and bed. Every time I walk to the kitchen, he leads me to his food bowl to show me he is out of food. I do keep food out at all times, and the other cats have done fine with that. I use Purina One and do give them Tuna several days a week. He is my rescue kitty with only one eye and I love him dearly...what should I do?

Answer:I would first recommend a veterinary exam and possibly blood work including thyroid profile to make sure no metabolic causes of weight. In my experience and opinion, processed low carb dry food only diets to cats is biggest source of weight gain. I would consider a starch free diet like Wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds, as well as even considering a proper meat based home diet, which I have seen amazing results in cats. See the book The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier to learn more about home made meat based diets

Date: Jul 16, 2016
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:Our 7 Year Old Black Lab Is Excessively Losing Hair. Big Clumps. There's No Bald Spots. She Is On A Special Prescription Diet For Pancreatitis And Seems To Be Doing Much Better On It. She's Lost Weight And Has No More Gas. we Had To Put Our 8 Yr. Keeshond Down On Thursday And They Were Very Close. He Had Advanced Stage Liver Disease. I Know She Is Very Depressed Over Losing Him And Has Stopped Eating Too. Do You Think The Hair Loss Could Be A Result Of The Pancreatitis Or Should We Take Her To The Vet For Blood Work? Any Other Suggestions? Thank You.

Answer:Best To Take Her To Vet For Evaluation Of Underlying Metabolic Issues, Including Pancreatic Issues And/or Hormonal Issues Like Low Thyroid, Or Adrenal Gland Issue Involved Here. I Would Also Supplement With Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds And Lecithin Granules From Health Food Store.

Date: Jul 12, 2016
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small Liver

Question:I Have Recently Moved And Switched Vets For My 5 Yr Old Male Lab. I Needed To Update His Shots And Was Concerned About His Weight Loss As He Is Extremely Active. following Many Blood Tests, Identification Of An Elevated Liver Enzyme And An X-ray...($700 Plus)... my Lab Has A Small Liver. May Have Shunts...next Step Is Ultrasound. I Love All Of My Animals From Canines To Equines To Orphaned Critters... i Would Like To Know If There Is A Liver Support Food Or Supplement. thank You!!! alyssa Bellows bellows.alyssa@yahoo.com 386.679.0420

Answer:Hi Alyssa. I Am Sorry To Hear Of Your Pet's Recent Diagnosis. There Are Many Possible Excellent Liver Supplements And Support Nutritionals, Diets, Etc, As Well As Constitutional Homeopathy That May Be Helpful To Your Pet. Please Dont Vaccinate Him Further, As That Will Only Stress His Immune System More, And/or Accelerate His Current Chronic Disease. You May Want To Consult With A Holistic Veterinarian Who Can Hopefully Work With You To More Chronically Treat This Moving Forward, If Diagnosis Is That Severe, In Order To Enhance Quality Of Life And Longevity. To Learn More About Holistic Veterinary Medicine See Www.doctordym.com Many Holistic Veterinarians Do Offer Phone Consultations, But You Want To Make Sure They Are Properly Trained

Date: Feb 23, 2016
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Can I Take My Dog's Ursoidol?

Question:Hi, i Recently Underwent Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (vsg). everything Went Smoothly And 1-week Post-op, I Feel Great. But, The Doctor Did Not Prescribe Me Anything To Prevent Gallstones. I Really Don't Want To Have My Gall Bladder Removed And Introduce 4 New Incisions. i Found Ursodiol On A Vet Meds Website Which Sells It Otc Versus Prescription (i Don't Have Insurance). Would It Be Fine For Me To Take 1-2 Of These Per Day For 4-6 Months To Help Prevent Gallstones Even Though They Are Technically Made For Pets? http://www.vetrxdirect.com/product/view/ursodiol-ursodeoxycholic-acid-capsules-for-pets/variation-450 here Is The Double-blind Trial Showing The Highly Effectiveness Of Ursodeoxycholic Acid In Prevent Gallstones After Weight Loss Surgery: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1356148/

Answer:I Would Not Take Any Medications, For Dogs Or Humans Without Consulting With Your Primary Physician. I Cant Advise You On This

Date: Feb 19, 2016
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss On Tail

Question:2 Yr Old Old English Sheepdog/poodle Mix Has Had Polymyositis For Most Of His Life And Has Been On 10mg Prednisone Daily To Keep His Ck Levels In Check. He Has Suddenly Started Losing Hair On His Tail. Checked For Thyroid, Fleas, Mange And All Ok. Antiobiotics Didn't Help Much. How Do You Check For Cushings When He Is On Prednisone For So Long? Other Symptoms Include Weight Gain, Large Belly But These Could All Be From The Prednisone. Thank You For Any Ideas.

Answer:I Would Ask Your Vets To Do Ultrasound Of Adrenals To Check Size, Etc, As Well As You Could Have Skin Biopsy As Well To Check For Hormonal Patterns Of Hair Loss In Biopsy. I Would Supplement Him With Lignans And Melatonin, Which Are Natural Treatments For Cushings, Which Wont Hurt If He Does Not Have It Either. See Www.lignansforlife.com To Learn More

Date: Mar 22, 2014
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight Loss And Disoriented

Question:What Would Cause Weight Loss And Seems Like Her Sight Is Going Walking Into Things?

Answer:Many Possibilities Here. Need Vet Exam And Full Evaluation To Sort Out

Date: Jan 5, 2014
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Rx Food For Overweight Cats

Question:Hello! I Have Been Prescribed Mrx Hills Feline M/d For My 2 Overweight Cats, But It Is Far Too Expensive To Be The Only Food That I Feed Them. Would It Negate The Effects Of The Food If I Were To Mix It With Something Less Expensive? I Have Been Feeding Them Nutrisource Overweight/senior. thank You!

Answer:I Prefer Low Carb, Low Grain Diets For Weight Loss Such As Evo Or Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Also Home Diet Even Better. See Recipes In Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, Which You Can Find On Line

Date: Sep 26, 2012
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Feces Eating

Question:I Have A 6 Month Old German Shepard Puppy. He Is Eating His Feces. What Can I Do To Stop This Behavior?

Answer:Not Much Usually Is Affective For This Behavior. If Your Dog Develops Weight Loss And/or Diarrhea, I Would Have Vet Check For Parasites And Pancreatic Problem. You Could Try Feeding Low Grain Diet Like Evo Or Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Also Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals.

Date: Aug 22, 2012
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: High Enzeme Level

Question:13 Yr Old Neutered Male Outdoor Cat,Weight Loss Of 3 Lbs In About 4 Weeks, Normally Lean 10 Lbs. Appetite Good. All Blood Work Good Except For Enzeme Level. X-rays Negative. Currently Taking 50 Mg Amoxicillin Once Daily For 20 Days, Down To 4 Pills. See No Improvement Except No More Weight Loss. i Would Appreciate Any Help As My Vet Is At A Loss For An Explanation. thank You, donna

Answer:I Would Consider X Rays And/or Ultrasound To Assess For Underlying Health Issues Not Apparent On Blood Work

Date: Apr 13, 2012
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Loss Of Weight

Question:13 Year Old Cat,Male,Has Lost Alot Of Weight.he Eats Well(although Today He Is Acting Like He Does'nt Feel Well,Less Of Appetite And Laying Around) Loss Of Weight In Last 6 Months Or So.has A Strange Gurgle Sound Coming From His Stomach At Times.urinating In House,Never Use To.in The Past Would Catch And Eat Birds And Mice.has'nt Been Dewormed In Long Time

Answer:Many Possibilities From Thyroid Problem To Liver/digestive Issue. I Would Have Vet Exam And Full Blood Workup To Sort Out.

Date: Jan 15, 2012
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Overweight Trouble Walking

Question:My 12yr Old Maine Coon Mix Is Very Overweight.i Just Weighted Him Tonight He Is 18.5 Lbs.when He's Walking He Looks Like He Hurts.he Wont Jump Up On Things.he Is So Fat He Can't Clean Himself. Please Will You Tell Me A Good Weight Loss Food. Thank You

Answer:I Prefer Low Grain Foods Such As Evo Which You Can Find At 1800petmeds.

Date: Jan 31, 2011
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight Loss

Question:We Have A Pit Bull Boxer Mixed And He Is About 5 To 6 Years Old And Has Lost A Lot Of Weight To Where He Looks Like Skin And Bone And We Feed Him 2 To 3 Times A Day And A Lot Of Food Its Only Been A Month To A Month And A Half And Just This Winter Is It Because Of The Cold Or I Have No Idea And Am Afraid We Are Going To Half To Put Him Down

Answer:Needs Vet Exam For Full Blood, Stool And Urine Workup To Find Out What Is Cause Of Weight Loss As May Be Easily Treatable.


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