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When Weight Loss for Dogs is a Cause for Concern

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Raising a dog can be an enriching experience. Overcoming obstacles, spending lazy days snuggling, and going on adventures with your companion can form a bond that lasts a lifetime. Unfortunately, illnesses can pop up out of nowhere, leading to serious challenges for you and your canine. Weight loss for dogs can be an early sign of some diseases, and while some guardians may welcome a bit less pudge on their spoiled companion, any unusual or unprompted weight loss can be serious. Here are some conditions that can be the underlying cause of weight loss for dogs:

Heartworm can Cause Weight Loss for Dogs

Marylanders are familiar with mosquitoes; a hot, muggy summer night would be incomplete without at least a bug bite or two. Unfortunately, these insects can transmit heartworm to your canine companion. If you’ve noticed your fur-baby shedding some pounds unexpectedly, it may be due to heartworm. Consult your veterinary care team and watch for other symptoms like lethargy, coughing, and rapid breathing.

Weight Loss for Dogs Due to Diabetes or Liver Disease

Like humans, dogs can develop diabetes. Low insulin production or insulin resistance can lead to significant complications, and changes in thirst, appetite, weight, and behavior can be indicative of diabetes. Liver disease is another serious issue, and the underlying causes can vary. If you notice weight loss or other significant changes or symptoms, contact your companion’s veterinarian.

Cancer and Orthopedic or Neuromuscular Diseases

Cancer and orthopedic or neuromuscular diseases can vary widely. Cancers can affect nearly every part of the body, and neuromuscular diseases can result in severe degeneration of muscle tissue and impairment from neurological symptoms. A wide range of conditions can manifest with weight loss, and noticing any appetite or weight changes early on can give you, your companion, and your veterinary care team a valuable head start in diagnosing and treating these illnesses.

Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health

Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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