|04-14-2014 05:39 AM|
Did you ever find out the cause for weight lost?
Are his stools loose, mimicking something like cow fecal? My 13 month old just recently lost weight rapidly. Everything checks out good with his health, he eats, drinks, plays and seems as happy as can be. I've came to conclusion it must be exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or epi for short, a rather common issue for the GSD breed actually. I'm having doctor write out a script for epizyme on Monday. It sounds to me your dog may be going through same thing. Their body isn't digesting the fats and nutrients where it should and they aren't getting what they need. It can be very dangerous or worse. My knowledge on the matter was slim years ago when I got my shepherd/boxer mix, then my white shepherd female who never had these symptoms. My black male has always ate grass here and there and yes even poop so those were signs in a way I mean some dogs just do that to do it.. It wasn't until recently though his weight just declined and I mean from 95-100lbs to probably about 75-80 or so. I've read and been informed once I add the powder medication to his food it will instantly work and he will gradually put back on his weight.
I haven't looked into wether this is a life long disease but I would assume it's not something to grow out of.. I've done a lot of research so far here's one of the sites: http://www.epi4dogs.com
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|03-22-2014 01:30 AM|
Ive worried about this with my girl because shes so skinny.
Although she eats like a hog, she does go to daycare a few days a week where she runs like a crazydog all day.
Shes been tested for pancreas issues and is in perfect health.
My vet keeps telling me not to worry about it, that she shoudl fill out more by her third year.
At 14 months old, shes weighing in at about 58 pounds now.
|02-24-2014 12:12 AM|
|02-23-2014 11:28 PM|
|trudy||he is a teenage boy...long and lean is best, he will fill out in a year or 2...if not don't worry he is where he should be for him|
|02-23-2014 09:38 PM|
|muso||Here is another photo of him, the ribs are quite visible and the area behind the ribs is very hollow looking, he looks too thin to me.|
|02-17-2014 09:45 PM|
He looks like a dream, you can tell he adores your kids...:-)
He is a beautiful dog....:-)
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|02-17-2014 06:31 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
to convert kilos to pounds - multiply by 2.2
to convert pounds to kilos - divide by 2.2
|02-17-2014 05:54 PM|
shepherdmom - there are a ton of on-line conversion sites. Just type in convert kgs to lbs, or metric conversion, or something similar, and host of on-line conversion sites will pop up.
Here is one as an example:
Kilograms to Pounds conversion - kg to lbs
|02-17-2014 05:52 PM|
Buster is so gentle and soft that it's almost annoying, a Burglar would have a ball, the most vicious dog we had was a maltese....it had bitten almost everyone and was unpredictable
I can see Buster's ribs when he is standing still, I think I may have him checked for EPI and increase food slightly, also here in South Australia we have had the hottest January/Feb since 1886 or something....ten days over 40 c and several reached 45 c (that's about 114 f) He will not have felt like eating as much in this heat, he spent most of the time indoors where it's air conditioned...so did the cat and birds
He now has diarrhea from a minor change in dry food (mixed with his old food) so I'm going to give his stomach a rest for a day or so.......he messed up the hall way overnight (not his fault)....luckily it's slate not carpet.
|02-17-2014 05:50 PM|
|MrsFergione||86 lbs is not even remotely underweight for a male. That is at the high range of normal.|
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