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She's losing weight despite eating 2x daily, hair loss, My

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She's losing weight despite eating 2x daily, hair loss
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: My 3yr old Stafford shire terrier
JA: OK. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the shire's name?
Customer: Dolly
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Dolly?
Customer: She has severe allergies and prone to fungal ear and paw infections
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I just started heart guard and next guard last month, she was on trifexis prior but vomited all the time after taking it. Would not take trifexis unless I forced her.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
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Expert:  Dani Rabwin replied 3 months ago.

Hi this is Dr. Dani, I'm a small animal veterinarian and I'm happy to help with Dolly. How long have you noticed the weight loss? Any change in appetite or water consumption? Any vomiting or diarrhea? What does she normally eat? Please give me some additional information and I'll be happy to offer some suggestions.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No diarrhea. No vomiting. Major hair loss, 25 # ***** loss. she Eats 1/2 can dog food 2x day. Plus give her 2 omega 3 vitamin tabs daily
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Wt loss over 2-3 months
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Was 70 #, now 45#. Always hungry.
Expert:  Dani Rabwin replied 3 months ago.

Thanks for the additional information. That is definitely a dramatic amount of weight loss. How is her water drinking and peeing? Where is the hair loss? All over, on her sides, back? is she itchy?

Also, 1/2 can of food twice daily doesn't seem like much for a dog her size. Did she always just eat that amount or has that changed? Has she seen a vet yet for these problems? There are a few symptoms going on so I'll need a bit more information to see if we can start to figure out what might be going on or what tests you can request from your vet.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She's always itching on her pads and neck, she drinks normal, she's always been fed 2x day, I switched from dry grain free food and her itching got better. She's peeing normal. Hair loss is from back, tail area. Tail area is very dry