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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: May 6, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Weight Loss

Question:My cat is about 7 yrs old a small female that weighs 6.75 lbs in Fall 2019 and now weighs 5 lb 10 oz She eats 1 can of cat food a day along with about 1/2 cup dry food. She has had bouts with diarrhea, but alot less since I change brands of cat food, Has always vomited about every 3 days and now only 1 a week. Can now feel her backbone and notice there isn't much tissue on her hips and shoulders. What can I give my cat to get her fatten up.

Answer:You need to know the cause of the weight loss (intestinal parasites, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, etc etc.) - all of these are treated very differently so see your veterinarian for some blood work to get a diagnosis so you can specifically treat her problem.

Date: May 3, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unexplained weight gain

Question:I have a nine year old lab catahula Mix. She seems to have gained a lot of weight in a short period of time. Her diet has not changed in any way. Other then this she's a happy and healthy dog

Answer:Have your veterinarian check her thyroid, especially if cutting her calories and increasing her exercise doesn't help her lose weight. Here is a link to our article to read about hypothyroidism: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hypothyroidism-in-dog-13.htm

Date: Apr 17, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  Dog has been on Thyroid meds

Question:lost weight really bony back, shoulders, hips. pants & has high anxiety

Answer:If s/he is on thyroid medication, it may be too high of a dosage if s/he is noticably underweight. Have the blood levels checked. They will check for many other reasons for weight loss while you are there. Take a fresh fecal sample so they can check for intestinal parasites like whip worms.

Date: Apr 5, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight loss

Question:I have 4 dogs,lab-pitbull mix,and 3 fill pitbulls. They are confined to the house now are still eating and realativly active yet they are all loosing weight. What could be a possible cause?

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 most likely because they all sound affected & they are easy to treat, but you need to know which one(s) they have - 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: Mar 30, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Lab Sadie seems fart, & snore

Question:My lab Sadie Seems to be having stomach issues. She is a rescue from hurricane Michael here on the coast of Florida, I have had her for over a year and she has had chronic ear aches I take here to Dr. Barr at Vets Pets and he treats the infection, it goes away for approx 6 or 7 weeks and seems to come back, her stomach has been bothering her for a several weeks now, wondering if it was the antibiotics use over the last year so started giving her probiotic powder mixed in her food but stomach still very loud and when she passes gas it runs me out of the room ;-) my question is with C-19 most Vets are closed and was wondering if I should continue probiotics or stop? I have been giving for 2 months, her general smell and happiness has improved and her stomach doesn¿t bother her EVERYDAY but definitely at some point in the week it always kicks a fuss. I order the same food on line it¿s a lamb mixture. What can I do to help Sadie FEEL better?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are usually secondary to allergies - often food allergies - work with your veterinarian to find a truly hypoallergenic food (lamb is not hypoallergneic), then consider allergy testing after a strict 8 week food trial. A referral to a veterinary dermatologist is always an option as well.

Date: Mar 23, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fatty tumors

Question:My Portuguese water dog is getting older she¿s turning 12 in November, is overweight and has started to grow Fatty lumps. What is the best dog food for her to lose weight, and what supplements can I give her that are healthy and will make the bumps go down. It seems like she is getting some bumps on her limbs so it¿s making it harder for her to get up and down the stairs. Thanks

Answer:There are many lower calorie foods available. The prescription diets will work better but are more expensive. BUT, overall, there is no secret to weight loss (with them or with us) - weight loss occurs when you reduce the calories and increases the exercise, even if you work with the food you are feeding, but you usually need to dramatically reduce the amount to get weight loss because cutting it just a little will be a maintenance amount and will allow them to maintain their current weight. Dogs usually enjoy the second part of the weight loss equation = exercise - even if it's just daily walks. There are no supplements that shrink lipomas - surgically removal is the only thing that makes them go away but that is often unnecessary if they are diagnosed by your vet as benign lipomas. Weight loss will help shrink them a little.

Date: Mar 22, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: bloating

Question:My dog is bloated, loss of appetite, excessive drinking & urination, confused, stumbling. He's a 12 yr old Kaiken. What might this be?

Answer:Could be MANY things, most of which need immediate medical attention: cancer, diabetes, toxin exposure, etc etc etc. All treated very differently so go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out.

Date: Mar 20, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How much to feed my Yorkshire

Question:I use Little Ceaser Dog food the wet. I think I must be feeding her too much because she is gaining weight and I did not realize it until I had her haircut. Any information you could supply me with. Thank you Dale

Answer:Overall, there is no secret to weight loss (with them or with us) - weight loss occurs when you reduce the calories and increases the exercise, even if you work with the food you are feeding, but you usually need to dramatically reduce the amount to get weight loss because cutting it just a little will be a maintenance amount and will allow them to maintain their current weight. Dogs usually enjoy the second part of the weight loss equation = exercise - even if it's just daily walks. If she is not losing and you feel like you aren't feeding her much at all, have your veterinarian check her for underlying medical problems, like hypothyroidism.

Date: Mar 7, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight management

Question:I had to neuter my golden retriever a year ago dec. he has gained 25 lbs so far. I switched him to hills science diet weight management back in July. He is in the house but has his own back door. He gets regular exercise and daily runs and we train for hunt tests daily. He does not lose weight. Is there a testosterone replacement or something for dogs to help him lose some weight?

Answer:Goldens are predisposed to hypothyroidism, so since you have already tried cutting his calories and increasing his exercise, I would definitley check his thyroid at this point.

Date: Feb 25, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Health

Question:Many 5 year old red nose pitbull is really really skinny, he hardly eats his food. His poop is really watery and now looks like it has some blood, I¿m not sure what I could do to help him?

Answer:There are MANY causes of weight loss in a dog - everything from intestinal parasites to cancer and about a million in between, so a diagnosis from your veterinarian is ideal. 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

Date: Feb 2, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weight lost

Question:I my dog has been losing weight I can feel his bones he eats slot and fine I don¿t see him struggling he use to eat benefit healthy puppy with chicken food but now he eats pedigree chopped chicken and beef the reason I change to a different food was Bc he wasn¿t eating so I gave him another food that I had and he likes this one but I always feels his bones why? If he eats fine

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 See your veterinarian for a diagnosis and specific treatment if the weight loss doesn't improve or worsens.

Date: Feb 2, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Doesn¿t eat drink or poop

Question:Approx 8 yr old Pomeranian male is lethargic, doesn¿t eat, drink, or poop, but has peed. This has been going on this last week. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:With symptoms that general, I really can't begin to guess what is going on with him - basically "anything that makes a dog not feel well" but as long as it has been going on, you will need for your veterinarian to do a good physical exam on him to see what is going on so you can get him treated appropriately and feeling better.

Date: Jan 29, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: sunken in stomach by back legs

Question:My cat is 4 and he was a little chunky. 13 pounds but 4 months ago we lost our 4 year old girl they were not bonded but only known each other. Ever since she passed he started humping and the last month ive noticed his stomach he has a pouch that hangs and he still eats and acts normal . Should I take him to the doctor? Or what could it be

Answer:Unplanned weight loss is always a concern. To set your mind at ease, you can have your veterinarian do a full physical and run some routine blood work. Even if all the blood work comes back normal, it is good to establish baselines for everything the blood work checks for (red count, white count, platelet count, blood sugar, kidney enzymes, liver enzymes, electrolytes, etc etc.)

Date: Jan 25, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Excessive eating

Question:My 12 year old cat is hungry all the time. What could be wrong?

Answer:If s/he is losing weight at the same time, there is a condition called hypertyroidism that your veterinarian can check for - it is easy to treat. They will check for other potential problems as well: diabetes, cancer, etc.

Date: Jan 24, 2020
Category: Unexplained or Unhealthy Weight
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Guinea pigs

Question:How much would it be to get my 2 guinea pigs a check up

Answer:You will have to call around in your area - it is highly variable from state to state and vet to vet. Your local veterinary school may have an exotics department that may be more well suited to examine guinea pigs.


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