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My dog has lost alot of weight and she is always hungry.

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Hi Bradley
My dog has lost alot of weight and she is always hungry.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your dog. Polyphagic (increased hunger) dogs who have lost considerable weight might suffer from diabetes mellitus (excessive drinking should be seen too in that case), hyperthyroidism (rare), or maldigestion - in particular, a exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) which describes a condition in which the pancreas isn't forming enough digestive enzymes. Malabsorptive disorders in which digested food isn't absorbed efficiently should also be considered. These are usually associated with chronic diarrhea, however. Please don't hesitate to bring Casey to her vet to be thoroughly examined and have diagnostics performed in the form of blood and urine tests including a TLI blood test for EPI.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Fiona,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Casey. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin