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He is constantly eating...

He is constantly eating. And just acts like he cannot get enough. He is losing weight. All my other dogs are doing fine.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Jaxson; he is 3.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

The following disorders need to considered when a dog is polyphagic (increased hunger) yet loses weight:

1) Diabetes mellitus - test his fasted blood sugar (blood test)

2) Hyperthyroidism - test his total thyroid (T4 blood test) - unlikely at his age

3) Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency - a lack of digestive enzymes produced by his pancreas - test his TLI (blood test)

4) Malabsorption syndromes - test his serum folate (duodenal malabsorption) and serum vitamin B12 (ileal malabsorption)

5) Hypothalamic brain tumor - an MRI would be necessary to "see" this

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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