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my 15yr old jack russel is always hungry she is walk at least twice a day and looks well
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 25 days ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 25 days ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with your dog. Kevin, is your dog also drinking excessively and forming more urine than usual?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 25 days ago

The usual culprits for polyphagia (increased hunger) are diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism), and hyperthyroidism. Less commonly, maldigestion in the form of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (a lack of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas) and malabsorption syndromes (inefficient absorption of digested food) are responsible. Rarely, a brain tumor in the hypothalamus (appetite center) is present. We expect to see polydipsia (increased thirst) with diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease, and hyperthyroidism and so if any of these are present, you're seeing an atypical presentation of them.

How is her weight - stable, decreasing, or increasing?

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