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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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He's 15 years old. Lost a tremendous amount of weight over

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He's 15 years old. Lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last few months and had a full blown tonic clonic seizure last pm.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about He 's?
Customer: He's been fine his whole life. Never sick. Always very "puppy" acting. But he is so
Skinny even though he eats the same he always has abs the seizure last night was scary
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your 15 year old. Losing such a profound amount of weight yet continuing to eat suggests a number of disorders - diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (a lack of digestive enzymes produced by his pancreas), and malabsorption disorders (inability to absorb digested food) which can occur secondary to any diffuse disease of the gastrointestinal tract including neoplasia (cancers). Seizures can have an intracranial (within the skull) origin such as brain tumor or extracranial (outside the skull) origin such as a poorly functioning liver or kidneys intoxicating his brain.

His vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. There's a good chance that you'll find out within 24 hours why he has become so ill. His prognosis is necessarily very guarded if for the only reason that he's long past age expectancy and his symptoms are so severe. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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