In this article, we will look at weight loss and chronic disease in dogs. Anytime the weight of your dog exceeds ten percent the average body weight you need to worry. Many things such as chronic illnesses always cause weight loss in dogs. These severe diseases include conditions such as anorexia, intestinal worms, gastrointestinal obstructions, haemorrhaging, and hyperthyroidism among others.
There are numerous reasons a dog would lose weight drastically. And for this reason you need to take the dog to a veterinary that will diagnose it and find the underlying cause of weight reduction. Depending on what the veterinarian needs to examine they may recommend fecal studies to check for intestinal parasites, complete blood count for blood disorders or Hormone assays for endocrine disorders among other tests.
Nonetheless, before we consider the chronic diseases that might be causing the weight loss in a pet. There are other external factors such as an environment change, change in diet, stress levels, or even addition of new pets would also lead a significant loss of weight in a pet.
The new environment change would result in the pet to require more energy. For such a case, you need to increase the calorie intake in the food so that the dog can start gaining weight again. The best treatment for such external factors is to know what the cause it and correct the condition immediately. It includes giving the dog appetite stimulants so that the pet can increase in its food intake.
In conclusion, your dog needs close monitoring at all times. Monitoring should be a routine whether the pet is losing weight or not. Close monitoring will easily prevent a chronic disease from being unmanageable. An ordinary health check includes stool examination, fever, urine color, and eating habits among others. These are some of the preventive measures that will ensure your dog is healthy all the times.