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Posted by: fiona | 2011-02-08

dog losing weight

My 6 y.o spayed bitch, mixed breed, has always been very lean and very energetic. She has never needed to visit the vet except for her hip dysplasia management and innoculations. She did have parvovirus mildly when I adopted her at 8 weeks. but no other illness.
In the past 6 months she has dropped from 19 to 17kg although she is actually eating a little more than before. She is really skin and bone. She still looks beautifully healthy and is still energetic but has lost stamina. I have consulted 2 vets about her and they have done all the blood tests they can think of to find out why she is so thin. The only abnormal result is a surprising LOW thyroid level and also low WHITE blood count. These tests are about to be repeated, but do you have a clue what could be wrong?

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LOW thyroid should not cause weight loss. I am assuming they have checked a stool (poo) sample and urine sample for evidence of protein loss ? Chest x rays - may be needed as there are various diseases that may be picked up on the X-rays. Low white cell count may be anything from an overwhelming infection to nothing significant must be followed up by a FULL BLOOD count not just a blood smear. Has an abdominal scan been done . Unfortunately there are 100's of things that may cause weight loss :(

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2011-02-10

LOW thyroid should not cause weight loss. I am assuming they have checked a stool (poo) sample and urine sample for evidence of protein loss ? Chest x rays - may be needed as there are various diseases that may be picked up on the X-rays. Low white cell count may be anything from an overwhelming infection to nothing significant must be followed up by a FULL BLOOD count not just a blood smear. Has an abdominal scan been done . Unfortunately there are 100's of things that may cause weight loss :(

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