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  • Moving more slowly
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Weight shift to another leg
  • Personality change
  • Reluctant to walk, jump or play
  • Refuses using stairs or the car
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Sudden Weight Loss in Dogs: Signs and Symptoms

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Sudden weight loss in a dog that is not attributable to increased exercise or activity should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian. Some dogs do experience cyclical weight changes because they live in seasonal climates and are exercised and walked less during the cold winter months.

To be healthy, a dog should have sufficient fat covering the ribs. If your dog’s ribs start showing where they did not before, it could be an indication of a serious problem with your pet.

Hyperthyroidism, a disease of the thyroid gland, can cause sudden weight loss if a dog’s system contains excess amounts of the thyroid hormone, putting a dog’s thyroid on overdrive and causing the dog to become sluggish.

There are other diseases that can cause sudden weight loss in dogs such as Addison’s Disease, which is a deficiency of the hormones in the adrenal glands. Some of the signs of Addison’s include severe dehydration when plenty of water is always available to the dog, and a rapid loss of appetite followed by sudden weight loss.

Sudden weight loss can also be a result of inflammatory bowel disease which occurs when a dog’s stomach or intestines react adversely to inflammatory cells like lymphocytes. A dog with inflammatory bowel disease usually will display signs of weight loss, a loss of appetite, lethargy, and diarrhea. Gastritis displays the same symptoms and is caused when a dog gets an infection or inflammation in the stomach area. If a dog eats spoiled food, its stomach lining can become irritated and the result is a change in its appetite. Diabetes will also display the same symptoms.

Parasite-borne diseases can also cause a sudden weight loss in dogs and these are caused by hookworms, roundworms, heartworm disease, giardiasis, mange, or salmon poisoning disease, a bacterial disease contracted by eating salmon or trout that carry the parasitic organisms.

The signs and symptoms of many types of tumors, including pituitary, stomach, pancreas, colon, lungs, or kidneys can also result in a sudden weight loss in dogs. Fungal infections such as histoplasmosis, blastomycosis, or aspergillosis will also cause a sudden weight loss.

Weight loss in a dog is not a life-threatening emergency, but your pet will still need veterinary care. You should schedule an appointment for a complete diagnosis to determine the underlying cause.

Should Dogs Drink Salt Water

Monday, November 18th, 2013

If you’re planning to head to the beach this summer and take your dog along, be sure to pack fresh water so your pet doesn’t have to drink salt water when it gets thirsty. Dogs should NOT drink saltwater for many reasons, among those being that salt water can cause vomiting and dehydration, as well as an unpleasant condition called “beach diarrhea.”

If you go to a beach that allows pets to run, play fetch, and interact with other dogs, your dog is going to get plenty of exercise which in turn causes increased water loss through muscle contraction, respiration, and evaporation from its skin. Exercising like this on a hot day at the beach will leave your dog with an urge to drink plenty of water and if you don’t provide fresh water, your dog will drink whatever it can find to drink, usually salt water.

Chances are good that a dog will ingest sand along with any salt water it drinks. This can intensify the effects of salt water and irritate the lining of the dog’s intestines. Drinking a smaller amount of salt water can cause “beach diarrhea.” In this type of diarrhea, salt water results in excess amounts of water accumulating in the dog’s intestines.

This is because salt water acts to pull liquids into your dog’s intestines which can then cause diarrhea and lead to dehydration. Also, if your dog drinks a lot of salt water too fast, it may vomit, which then leads to even more dehydration.

Bacteria, algae, microorganisms or toxins are sometimes found in salt water and these can lead to even more severe symptoms for your dog.

When you’re at the beach, give your dog clean, fresh water as often as you can. Giving your dog plenty of fresh water will significantly lessen any chance of it contracting a nasty beach diarrhea. You do not want your dog to drink salt water.

Your day at the beach should be as much fun for your dog as it is for you. Don’t spoil it by not taking along enough fresh water to keep your dog hydrated for your entire stay at the beach.

Taking care of a Senior Dog

Monday, October 15th, 2012


Just as in humans, taking care of a senior dog means being aware of and recognizing potential health problems before they occur. Do you have problems with your senior dog and sometimes feel overwhelmed by your pet’s neediness? Older dogs have greater needs and they require more care than younger, more active dogs.

Some signs to look for that may indicate your dog is not feeling well or may need medical attention include the following:

Excessive Water Consumption
When a dog begins to drink excessive amounts of water, it’s usually an indication that something is wrong. Excessive water consumption can be an indicator of diabetes, adrenal hormone imbalance (Cushing’s disease), urinary tract infection, uterine infection, or side effects from medications.

Your dog should drink about one cup of water for every five pounds of body weight per day. Your dog may drink more water during very hot days, but by being aware of the amount of water your dog drinks on normal days, you’ll know if it’s consuming abnormally large amounts of waters on a continuous basis, which may be a symptom of a serious problem.

Lumps on Your Dog
While petting or stroking your dog, be conscious of any irregularities in or under the skin. If you feel a lump or cyst, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Lumps can be malignant, but the only way to know for sure will be for your vet to perform a biopsy or an aspiration of cells with a needle.

Breathing Problems
Coughing, wheezing or breathing problems could indicate that there is a cardiovascular or lung problem with a geriatric dog. Laryngeal Paralysis also causes breathing problems and definitely requires an exam by your vet at the first sign of hoarseness or very rapid breathing not caused by heat exhaustion or heavy exercise.

Lazy or Lethargic Older Dogs
All dogs experience a decrease in energy levels as they become older and older dogs tire more easily and take more naps than younger, more active dogs. But if you find your dog is sleeping excessively, has trouble getting up from a nap, or has restricted mobility, it may be suffering from an acute form of arthritis common among older dogs. Arthritis is painful but there are medications and alternative treatments available that can bring relief to your dog for these types of conditions. The best supplement I have found for my own dog who has arthritis is Winston’s Joint System, an all-natural formula developed by a Naturopathic Doctor to heal his own beloved dog.

Changes in Vision
As your dog gets older, it’s normal for it to develop a hazy, bluish appearance in its eyes. This usually doesn’t affect the dog’s eyesight, but if it develops a hazy, white filmy substance over its eyes, it could be the onset of cataracts that can eventually lead to blindness.

An older dog will go through a number of changes as it progressively ages and may be more vulnerable to diseases specific to older dogs. Most dogs are considered senior dogs when they reach the age of 7 or 8 years, although some giant breeds are considered senior dogs as early as the age of 5 due to their shorter life span.

Some of the most common aging symptoms include slower movement and reduced activity, gray hair (especially around the muzzle), joint pain, a decrease in appetite, and sometimes depression.

Diseases in Older Dogs
Some old-age diseases in dogs call for special care. The most common old age diseases affecting dogs are cancer, arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in one area of the body and then spreads to other areas through the blood. Malignant tumors can be removed, but they may reoccur. If the cancer is advanced, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be necessary to save the dog’s life.

Arthritis and hip dysplasia are not curable diseases. Your dog may suffer from varying degrees of joint pain and the diseases may also prevent your dog from performing its normal activities. At the first sign of arthritis or hip dysplasia, I recommend you begin treating your pet with a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System.

Winston’s Joint System is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no drugs with their serious side-effects, and no dosage problems because the dog’s body uses only what it needs. Within the first 30 days of treatment, dogs on Winston’s Joint System show noticeable and often remarkable improvement.

Diets For Older Dogs
Taking care of a senior dog usually includes changing its diet to accommodate any health condition. Wet food is recommended for senior dogs, as it’s easier to digest and may reduce the risk of developing liver and kidney disease. As your dog becomes older, it becomes less active and you will need to cut down on the amount of calories to prevent obesity.

Some of the diseases that affect aging dogs may be preventable. Daily teeth brushing as well as a regular exercise program can maintain your dog’s health and lead to a longer life. Be sure your senior dog has routine check-ups at least once per year, even if it appears to be in great physical shape. Early detection of diseases, followed by proper treatment, can add years to a dog’s life.

I empathize with you if you”re having problems taking care of a senior dog; so do I. But one thing I will do for my loving companion is treat him as I would wish to be treated when I get that old. The love you receive in exchange might just add years to YOUR life too!

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