PetMeds® Weight Loss in Older Pets

A common presentation of many older pets is the history of weight loss. Mild weight loss may be an innocent age-related change.  However, in other cases weight loss can be a sign of a more serious medical condition.  Amongst the factors that help rule out the causes include intestinal parasites, metabolic diseases of the liver, kidneys or pancreas, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious disease, degenerative or autoimmune diseases, as well as cancer. For pets experiencing nonspecific weight loss an improved diet can help maintain a pet's healthy weight

Any pet with significant weight loss should have a proper veterinary exam and a full CBC/chemistry blood panel and urine analysis as baseline information. If further diagnostics are needed X-rays and ultrasound may be required.  For pets with mild nonspecific weight loss, certainly a better diet can be tried such as Halo or Nature’s Variety, as well as adding digestive enzymes to meals including NaturVet Enzymes from 1800petmeds. If in doubt, however it is always best to have a proper and full veterinary exam.

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  2. I dont really understand how people allow their dogs to get so fat. With regular exercise and making sure you dont overfeed them they should not get fat even when they are old.

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Most of time obese pets are due to overfeeding processed carbohydrate rich dry foods and lack of exercise. It is so important not to overfeed as you point out.

  4. I have concerns about my mom’s 14yr old dog. Drastic weight loss, some vomiting and diarrhea and stiffness of his joints that have caused him to lose balance and fall down. Just last week he had an episode where he went to get up and his whole body tightened up as if he were having a stroke and then he fell down. Is not eating his food anymore but will eat hamburg and rice and is constantly looking for something from the dinner table. Could these symptoms be signs of him dying or cancer?

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    cancer is possible as are lots of other geriatric diseases. Take him to vet for exam and blood work. Perhaps prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory meds like rimadyl or dermaxx may be of help here.

  6. Yes this possibly is the symptoms of cancer and he might die, You must consult doctor soon until the things go out of hands.

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Excellent point. A vet consult would be best.

  8. Good luck with the pet!

  9. Very informative blog on weight loss in older pets and it must be very helpful for all who have old pets and looking for weight loss problem in their pets.

  10. Good information about older pets and I have two dogs are of older age and go for their daily basis check up.

  11. People are getting keen about their animals health now which is a great sign. With such informative blogs it is getting easier for everyone to take great care of their pets.

  12. I have a italian mastiff, it’s name is Tom. I think i can take care of Tom much better way now. Thanks for the article.

  13. Hey how you all handle the pets… i really love the pets. i had husky.. but he is not with me.. 🙁


  14. My Gordon Setter can’t stand on his back legs and is
    loosing weight rapidly has had all X rays and nothing
    Has shown up. Please help .

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