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.|
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.