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Friend, the weight loss you are seeing in Hunter could be the result of not eating and he may have an underlying medical problem that is contributing to the weight loss. The big question is: Why is he drinking more than usual? You see, when a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign an underlying medical problem. There are many possible causes. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes
), kidney or liver disease and even cancer to name a few causes. Any of the above condition can also cause him to vomit and loose weight.
To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as initial screening test. Treatment will be determined by clinical and diagnostic findings. Highly recommend to have him checked by family veterinarian first thing in the morning. In the meantime, this is what you can do:
1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine
) 10mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours for the next 2-3 days. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.
2- No food or water for 3-4 hours. Need to give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.
3- After 3-4 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken
or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.
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