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Nelly is 14 yr old chi with voracious appetite and losing…

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Nelly is 14 yr...

Nelly is 14 yr old chi with voracious appetite and losing weight over the last couple of months. Otherwise she seems fine. Any suggestions?

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

Nelly. 14

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

Only that her hearing is not good.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

There are two main reasons for polyphagia (increased hunger) yet weight loss in a 14 year old - diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism. I would expect that she would be also polydipsic/polyuric (increased thirst and volume of urine) if she were diabetic. Nelly's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including fasted (for at least 4 hours prior to arriving at the vet hospital; never restrict water, however) diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours which of the above disorders exists.

Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism) will also cause polyphagia, polydipsia and polyuria but weight loss isn't expected unless there's a concurrent disorder that causes wasting. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you. If this is diabetes can it be managed orally? Or shots?
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Regretfully, the oral hypoglycemic drugs aren't effective in dogs. Canine diabetics are insulin-dependent. You're quite welcome. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
If left untreated, what will happen?
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

An unpleasant death due to diabetic ketoacidosis. These dogs become terribly ill - dehydrated, depressed, weak, increased respiratory rate, vomiting, abdominal pain...

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you!
Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 3 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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