It can be scary to see your dog suddenly lose weight. There are many possible causes for weight loss in dogs, so paying attention to other symptoms as well as their eating habits and diet is essential.
The most common causes for sudden weight loss include diabetes and cancer. These cases will typically present with other symptoms like lethargy or vomiting. More gradual causes of weight loss include liver and kidney disease, as well as gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease.
As a dog owner, the best thing you can do is to be aware of your dog’s normal weight and body condition, as well as measure their food so you can ensure they are eating appropriate and adequate calories. This way you will be able to pick up on changes in appetite and weight as soon as they happen.
Because there are so many possibilities of weight loss, it’s essential to have your dog seen by their veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate feeding and treatment plan.