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Just like our body, your canine’s weight can change over the course of the year. Regardless of which breed you have, your four-legged friend will go through weight gain and loss. However, if your canine friend is continuing to lose weight, then there may be something wrong with it. Although it can be hard to narrow down on why your dog is losing weight, there are some problems which can be identified easily. Here are five reasons as to why your dog is losing weight.
- AnxietyAnxiety or stress in your canine friend is one of the main reasons why they don’t feel hungry. For dogs to eat food, they need to be in a safe and secure environment. It means that if they are not comfortable with the people or the environment around them, they won’t feel the need to eat on a daily basis. Anxiety can also have the following symptoms:• Unnecessary barking/howling• Defecating and urinating inside the house• Escaping• Digging/Destructive/Chewing tendencies
- Dental problemsDental problems are one of the simplest reasons as to why your canine is losing weight. If your canine has a dental abscess or any other issue related to its teeth and its gums, it will become extremely painful for your four-legged friend. As a result of this unhealthy eating habits, your canine will find it extremely painful to eat its food. To really know if your four-legged friend has dental problems, take it to the vet.
- DiabetesThe problems related with diabetes are the same for both humans and dogs. If your canine has low insulin and its body doesn’t have the ability to absorb sugar from its blood, it can lead to an increase in appetite, even if your canine is losing weight. If your four-legged friend is on the heavier side or if it is a senior dog, it has higher chances of developing diabetes. Sometimes, diabetes can be genetic, just like it is with humans. If your canine is suddenly losing weight, in spite of eating large amounts of food, you should take it to the vet immediately.
- Liver diseaseCanines that suffer from liver disease don’t have adequate levels of sugar and carbs that are usually provided by the liver to the body. As a result of this, the body doesn’t get the necessary nutrients and it will start consuming fat deposits and muscle tissue. The body does this to make up for the lost nutrients.
- Thyroid problemJust like your body, the canine’s body is managed by its hormones. Any imbalance in the body of your four-legged friend can lead to thyroid problems. One condition which can arise from this situation is called hypothyroidism. It will increase your canine’s metabolism which can result in rapid loss of weight. Even if your canine eats a lot of food, it’s body will break it down immediately and the vital nutrients end up going out of the system without getting absorbed. It can be hard to detect if your canine has a thyroid problem, so the safest bet is to take it to the vet immediately.
You should keep in mind that over the course of the year, your canine’s weight will fluctuate. However, if there is a rapid loss of weight, you should take it to the vet immediately.