Unexplained Weight Loss Pets

Why is my dog losing weight?
Dogs and Cats can lose weight due to various normal and abnormal reasons. If your pet is unintentionally losing weight and you’re concerned, consult your vet, especially if he or she are on a diet.

When is weight loss concerning?
Weight loss is significant when it exceeds 10% of normal body weight, unrelated to fluid loss. Rapid weight loss, especially in breeds like a 35Kg golden retriever losing more than 3.5Kg, can be concerning. Changes in diet, environment, or stress might contribute to temporary weight loss.

What causes weight loss in pets?
Factors like high energy demand, underlying illnesses, poor diet, appetite issues, and digestive disorders can lead to weight loss. Look for changes in your companion’s activity, appetite, swallowing, vomiting, and bathroom habits.

What signs should I observe?
Check your dog and cat’s appetite, food type, storage, activity, swallowing ability, vomiting, drinking, urination, stool details, spaying/neutering, fever, tiredness, heartworm prevention, parasite control, and other medications.

How is the cause diagnosed?
Vets conduct a thorough history, physical exam, and recommend tests like blood work, urine analysis, X-rays, and ultrasound to pinpoint the cause of weight loss.

What diseases cause weight loss?
Numerous diseases, including cancer, infectious diseases, organ issues, and metabolic disorders, can lead to weight loss. Chronic conditions often involve a loss of appetite or nutritional intake.

How is weight loss treated?
Treatment depends on the specific cause. Vets may recommend diet changes, medications, or other tailored treatments to improve your dog’s well-being.

What’s the prognosis?
The prognosis varies based on the diagnosis. A detailed history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing help vets determine the best course of treatment and prognosis for your pet.

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