|08-19-2013 01:18 PM|
If he's 8, it could potentially be a loss of muscle mass due to aging.
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|08-19-2013 12:43 PM|
I thought about parasites but fecal was clean. Are there any that could NOT show up?
Thanks for the supportive answers. I tend to obsess over doggy health problems. But I am trying to sit back and watch and enjoy the fact that he seems like the same dog, just thinner. Makes me remember how wonderful it was to have the mega-e group when I had a GSD with that. Other people there thinking about solutions and offering another perspective. Thanks...
|08-19-2013 12:46 AM|
|huntergreen||if his weight is stable, is eating well, acting well, drinking well and all the tests were fine, imo, you need to sit back and keep an eye on things. give a few extra treats and see if his weight creeps back up. i would also check the scale you are using for accuracy.|
|08-18-2013 11:06 PM|
|Jax08||Tested for all worms and parasites?|
|08-18-2013 10:26 PM|
|Mary Beth||That is good news that Bill is holding his weight. He feels good. He is eating well. His energy level is the same. His tests are normal. The concern is the 5 lbs. that he lost in April which is 4 months ago that he has not gained back. Weird as it to say, it almost looks to me like the walkabout speeded up his metabolism.|
|08-18-2013 09:22 PM|
|Barbara3dogs||Sorry I forgot. No he is not losing wt. He has gotten to 69.9-70 and can't get back to his 75.|
|08-18-2013 09:21 PM|
He had blood tests for EPI and SIBO and of course the usual full panel. Fecals, urine. Xrays of chest and abdomen. Ultrasound from bottom of ribcage down mid-penis. All organs looked good, no tumors or thickening. i forgot to say he'd been put on pancrezyme too just in case he was a dog whose bloodwork didn't show EPI. I guess some don't show any symptoms but wt loss with either SIBO or EPI. Off pancrezyme the last 1.5wk.
I am feeding him 30%more food and he eats with as much enthusiasm as before. I've been a raw feeder for almost 20yrs and I would hate to go to kibble. I kept my mega-esophagus dog alive to 11 with raw diet and he died because of spinal problem. I'm diligent in giving my dogs a good mix of a diet and they have always been healthy. Bill's wt has never varied more than 1lb in his 8yrs and he was the same wt he'd always been the day after the walk-about because I took him in for an exam.
I keep waiting for some hint in his behavior. Nothing so far. Very frustrating.
|08-18-2013 06:03 PM|
|Mary Beth||Is he continuing to lose weight? Is he eating the same amount or has his appetite decreased? Could it be the diet and maybe this was starting before his 8 hr. walkabout? I would try switching him to a high quality kibble and see if that helps him gain weight.|
|08-18-2013 02:56 PM|
|arycrest||What kind of tests has your vet run? X-rays?|
|08-18-2013 01:38 PM|
Unexplained weight loss
My 8yr old male went on an 8hr walkabout in Nat Forest mid April with his GSD housemate. Within 9 days he lost 5lbs. He cannot gain weight. Been tested for everything, xrayed and ultrasounded. Now on doxycycline for possible upper respr that I think was really allergy response and tylan because specialist thinks it could be SIBO or EPI altho tests say no. Also getting weekly B12 injections.
Vets tried metronizadole and sucralfate in May.
He has remained full of energy with no diarrhea or vomiting. Only symptom is weight loss and no gain. He is a raw fed dog. I keep hoping at every weigh-in he shows a gain. His walkabout GSD housemate shows no sign of health problems. Any ideas?