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Have a black mouth cur about 1 and 1/2 years old that wants…

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Have a black mouth cur about 1 and 1/2 years old that wants to eat all the time but is losing weight to the point that his rib bones are showing. Currently feeding him 4 cups of food twice a day. Why?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name?

Chance- Given to him by the dog pound as he is a rescue dog.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?

He acts very healthy and normal.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Chance, John. Dogs who are polyphagic (increased hunger) but losing weight are either diabetic (unlikely at such a young age), hyperthyroid (unlikely at such a young age), suffering from malabsorption (inability to efficiently absorb digested food), or maldigestion (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency/a lack of pancreatic enzymes). Chance's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. The testing should include assessment of serum folate and vitamin B12 levels (decreases in either can indicate malabsorption) and a TLI blood test which is the test of choice for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Intestine parasites are often thought to cause Chance's behavior but it's important to recognize that a heavy worm load would result in inappetence rather than increased hunger. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thanks. Will consult with local vet.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 months ago

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