My very old dog is losing weight but eats a lot?

Lost My Dog My very old dog is losing weight but eats a lot?, I have a 19 year old mixed shitzu/peke/poo who is deaf and mostly blind. She eats very well and will still run around pretty fast, but sleeps most of the ...


  #1  
11-08-08, 12:35
  My very old dog is losing weight but eats a lot?
I have a 19 year old mixed shitzu/peke/poo who is deaf and mostly blind. She eats very well and will still run around pretty fast, but sleeps most of the time. She was always 9.6 pounds but she is now only 7. I am reluctant to put her through many tests because of her age and quality of life. She eats all of her high quality wet food, dry food and snacks. It seems she lives to eat and sleep. I am very torn.
I want to add that there is no pain apparent and no diarrhea or vomitting.


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11-08-08, 12:43
 
Cancer?
Can't test diagnose & treat though the MONITOR,dearie.

It's ANCIENT & "on the way out",whatever the cause.
Do NOT let it continue to suffer.
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11-08-08, 12:48
 
You should take your dog to the vet. Even tho she is eating and active, there is something internally going on that you need to address. It will take a blood work up which is no big deal for the dog. Depending what they find, they might want to do an x-ray. I had a sheltie (6 years old), that lost weight all of a sudden, and we found out that he had cancer. My daughter's shih tzu was just diagnosed with cancer inside of the mouth. She has lost weight also.
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11-08-08, 12:49
 
It sounds like she has.... its called thyroid or something. Anyways- it would eventually kill an old dog unless treated, but the treatments are painful for her, and since she is so old, you should just let her be until she goes. Im sorry about your dog but it's good to know that there are good dog owners like you out there
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