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My 9yr old fixed female has lost a lot of weight in past two

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My 9yr old fixed female has lost a lot of weight in past two months, drinks a lot, pink gums. Had her blood checked, nothing wrong with liver or kidneys. Vet here in Sri Lanka says tic fever, babesia, but in the year we've been here I've been on the frontline, and have no recollection of tics on her. Many dogs here have it so I think it's a default diagnosis. She's lethargic, doesn't want to go on walks. I assumed they looked at blood for cancer but they didn't say, don't know if they've tested for it. Can you lead me in the right direction? I hate the idea of 'trouble shooting' a diagnosis and it feels like I'm losing time.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  JACUSTOMER-2ggpt01r- replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear that your dog isn't doing well. I would certainly hope that your veterinarian has before a minimum data base of CBC (complete blood count), chemistry profile, electrolytes, T4 (thyroid test) and a urinalysis. These tests would hopefully rule out a lot of scary scenarios, but would not necessarily rule out cancer. There are actually very few markers on labwork for cancer in animals- sometimes there are indications on the CBC and sometimes there is hypercalcemia of malignancy. However; more times than not, pets with cancer have pretty normal labwork (until they start undergoing chemo). If labwork does not reveal a cause for her clinical symptoms, the next steps would b chest xrays and an abdominal ultrasound. Hope that helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions/concerns. -Dr. C