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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Jan 15, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog is sick

Question:My adult dog has been having convulsions lately. She is getting skinny. She can barely walk and she also has a bit of fleas. She had been eating well but all of a sudden she hasnżt been able to stand on her own. What medicine do you recommend?

Answer:There are MANY causes of weight loss in a dog - everything from intestinal parasites to cancer and about a million in between. With the "convulsions", she really needs to see a veterinarian and have some tests run to see what is going on. Intestinal parasites are easy to treat, but you need to know which one(s) she has - there are many - if you start just guessing, use a broad spectrum dewormer that covers whip worms, like Panacur - there is a link to Panacur in this link about causes of weight loss and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/causes-weight-loss-dog-cat-37.htm Nexgard and Bravecto are working well for fleas right now.

Date: Jan 11, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Others
Topic: My guinea pig lost weight.

Question:I got my guinea pig, Chip, about 3 weeks ago. He is five months old and has lost 2 ounces in the last 2 weeks. Should I be concerned?

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your guinea pig. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Dec 29, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Home remedies for bladder infection.

Question:My cat has an appointment on Tuesday 12/31/2019 with a veterinarian that I can afford. She is 8 years old and is an indoor cat. She has experienced rapid weight loss, lethargy & bad breath, though n the past month. Is there anything I can to help her prior to the veterinarian appointment? What should I look for if her condition gets worse before her veterinarian appointment?

Answer:As you can imagine "rapid weight loss, lethargy & bad breath" can be caused by just about anything that makes a cat not feel good, so it's hard for me to recommend anything not knowing what is going on with her. Try to keep her eating, preferably her normal food, so you don't upset her stomach with a diet change. If she stops eating, vomits, or worsens, I would have her looked at before Tuesday.

Date: Dec 22, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bothered cat

Question:Hello! I am sending this message because my cat, Oreo, is pretty overweight, and has become extremely irritable. I have a feeling that these two things are connected ,but I'm not entirely sure. Oreo has been fighting a lot more with her sister, Loretta, so Oreo could be irritable due to territorial issues. They each have their own food bowls and litter boxes, so I don't believe that is the problem. Thank you so much!

Answer:For weight loss, I have the most success with Purina OM. Have your veterinarian check them for medical problems that could be causing their behavior problems. All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your kitties without knowing any more about them and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with them (and you). Plugging in the Feliway diffuser in a room they fight is something to try - it has good anti-anxiety and calming properties. Here is a link if you would like to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Feliway+For+Cats-prod10776.html

Date: Dec 22, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Concerned fur mom!

Question:Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. My dog Bruno is a fixed 2 year old male labradoodle/pit mix. He has always chewed on things he shouldn't like most dogs and puppies do. But here recently he has moved up from the little things and has went to couches, pairs of socks, toys, even gets up on the counter and knocks down any kind of plastic bowl, pot, pan, what ever is accidentally left on the counter. Because of this he is now caged at night and when we leave. I got to looking at him today and he has lost allot of weight very quickly. Our dogs all get the same amount of food everyday. But now I can feel Bruno's hips and back bone. And his sides just look very thin. I do plan on taking him to the vet just in case, but was wondering if you had any clue as to why this was happening. Thank you very much in advance. Kerissa

Answer:I would get to the bottom of the weight loss issue first. There are MANY causes of weight loss in a dog - everything from intestinal parasites to cancer and about a million in between. Intestinal parasites are easy to treat, but you need to know which one(s) he has - there are many - if you start just guessing, use a broad spectrum dewormer that covers whip worms, like Panacur - there is a link to Panacur in this link about causes of weight loss and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/causes-weight-loss-dog-cat-37.htm

Date: Dec 19, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Eating and drinking

Question:My guinnea pigs wonżt eat eat or drink Have not touched grain or hay in a few days

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your guinea pig. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Nov 29, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Loss of weight, soft feces

Question:My 11 year old cat has lost a lot of weight even though she has a healthy appetite. I check her feces for worms and she has none that I can see and when she urinates, she squats for a while but doesn't seem to go very much. She doesn't sleep more than usual and isn't any less active than an 11 year old cat

Answer:There are many causes of weight loss in cats - intestinal parasites, hyperthyroidism, cancer, etc etc. Many are very treatable. Most causes cause a decreased appetite so with her increased appetite, hyperthyroidism is more likely. It is usually pretty easy to treat so have your veterinarian check her out and run a little blood work to see what is going on. Take a fresh (same day) fecal sample with you. Here is a link to our article about hyperthyroidism: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hyperthyroidism-cat-12.htm

Date: Nov 5, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: underweight

Question:My 10 year old kitty Pumpkin is 6.8 lbs, and the vet said she should be 8 lbs. The vet is running tests, but if she doesn't find anything, what can I do to put weight on Pumpkin? She has been petite all her life.

Answer:Wait on the tests to come back before you decide - it will depend on what is going on with her, like you wouldn't want a high-protein additive if her kidneys aren't great, etc.

Date: Oct 29, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best food

Question:What is the best food for him

Answer:There is so much competition in pet food nowadays, our pets eat much healthier than we do, for sure, so there are many options. The big 4 food companies police each other so carefully, I lean toward their food because I know it has been heavily scrutinized: Royal Canin, Science Diet, Purina, and Blue Buffalo. And then I'm proud of Petco for recently banning all foods that have artificial ingredients, so walk into your local Petco and pick from one of the brands above.

Date: Oct 15, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Senior Blood Panel Test

Question:What does it mean if a cat has an elevated Monocytes along with elevated Basophils ? Cat also had some unintentional weight loss. Thanks. Everything other than that is normal.

Answer:Elevated monocytes and basophils usually just indicates general inflammation - can be from anything from allergies to cancer and many other things, so further testing is needed if your cat continues to lose weight.

Date: Sep 12, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Asthenospermia

Question:What injection drug can be use to treat My male dog that can not produce. Produce plenty sperms but cannot impregnate bitches. Has done many matings but none of them are able to get pregnant. I need injection and drug to solve this problem.

Answer:I would need to exam him, his sperm and run blood work on him to provide you with any useful information so see your veterinarian for those tests. For difficult infertility cases, they may send you to a veterinary reproduction specialist.

Date: Sep 5, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shittzu

Question:When my dog goes poop his poop is dark purple ans brown

Answer:That's odd - it must be something he's eating (either dyes in his food or particulate matter from something other than his food). If it continues and/or he develops diarrhea or vomiting or straining, have your vet check him out. You can always swing a sample by your vet's office and have them check it out.

Date: Aug 21, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Bunny

Question:I had a 4 month old bunny and I noticed she wasn't putting on any weight and she wasn't really drinking, so we would play with her and then put her back in her cage and a couple hours after the last time we played with her, she had died and it looked like she broke her neck and she had yellow stuff in her mouth, and we don't know what happened?

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your bunny. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Aug 19, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight loss

Question:8 weeks ago my dog weighed 55 lbs. Today he weighs 51.5. He doesn't appear to be unhealthy but the weight loss seems pretty rapid as it was unintentional. In addition, it almost seems to me that he lost some muscle mass. He feels bonier. What are some possible causes. How concerned should I be?

Answer:Causes of weight loss (with no other symptoms) are basically: "anything that makes a dog sick" from gastrointestinal issues to intestinal parasites to metabolic issues to cancer, etc etc. So without any other symptoms, I'm not going to be able to even start guessing. Have your veterinarian check him out when you can - bring them a fresh fecal sample to analyze for intestinal parasites.

Date: Aug 1, 2019
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Free roam still skinny.

Question:Hello, my dog has been nearly skin and bone thin lately she has free range of food at all times and have started giving her some wet food as well yet will not put weight on and may even be slowly loosing. I also have noticed she breaths a little heavy and is peeing little bits everywhere. We did recently start giving her bottled water as we moved and i thought maybe she didnt like the water which has an odd chemical taste to it not sure if that matters.

Answer:There are MANY causes of weight loss in a dog - everything from intestinal parasites to cancer and about a million in between. Intestinal parasites are easy to treat, but you need to know which one(s) she has - there are many - if you start just guessing, use a broad spectrum dewormer that covers whip worms, like Panacur - there is a link to Panacur in this link about causes of weight loss and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/causes-weight-loss-dog-cat-37.htm


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