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Weight Loss

While some dogs could stand to lose a little bit of weight, sometimes weight loss can be excessive and is usually a sign of an underlying disease. Most weight loss in these cases is gradual, so attentive monitoring of your dog’s weight changes is essential. Changes of more than 10% of your dog’s weight is considered clinically significant.

In addition to monitoring their weight, also pay attention to their diet and other behavior, such as activity and drinking habits. The earlier a veterinarian is able to diagnose these conditions, the better the prognosis.

Pro tips for visiting the veterinarian:

  • Contact your veterinarian if your dog loses 10% or more of their body weight
  • If you suspect your dog is losing weight, weigh your dog every day and make note of how much food your dog is eating.
  • You can encourage your dog to eat (in the short term) by feeding a diet of plain chicken and rice.
  • If your dog lost a lot of weight suddenly, contact your veterinarian right away. If the weight loss is gradual, you should still contact your veterinarian, but it’s less urgent.
  • Generally, you want to keep a monthly log of your dog’s weight and BCS.

References for Weight Loss