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Old 08-15-2012, 10:47 PM
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15+ Yr. Old Dog is SO Skinny!



Hi Everyone,

My beautiful 15+ year old Lhasa Apso, Pooki, has been getting so skinny recently and I'm not sure if it is normal for a senior dog. Before switching to a grain free, very high quality salmon dog food, she had a terrible time with diarehha and lost a great deal of weight at that time. I've had her switched over to the new food with great success for several months now but she continues to be so skinny. Her appetite is relatively good with her asking for her food every afternoon, although she doesn't eat near as much as she use to. I do combine canned food with the grain free kibble because she has lost some teeth due to her age.

If anyone has some suggestions, I would be so appreciative. I want to be able to enjoy every single day that I have with Pooki because I just don't know how much longer she will be with me. `

Thank you so much!

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I dont know if being skinny is normal for them but with a dog that age,they would lose some weight. My aunt has a 14 year old ShihTzu and the older she gets the more problems shes having,including weight loss.
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Depending on when her last vet check was, you might want to bring her in, just to make sure it's not worms or something. But I imagine it's simply age - my dog growing up was always skinny, but she got more so once she hit her senior years and there was nothing wrong with her that they could find.
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It may just be age-related but it could also be something else going on. Is it significant weight loss? Has she been drinking more water lately? If she's eating still that's good but if she's eating less than before there may be something going on, especially if she's drinking more.

If you are concerned, I'd recommend going to the vet and having her looked over. My vet does a series of tests for seniors to check kidney function, thyroid function, etc. It's not too terribly expensive from what I recall. In the very least, even without requesting any tests, you can get a better idea of what's going on by consulting with your vet.
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An animal of any age loosing weight needs to go to the vet. Your pup needs a thorough exam and blood work done, at a BARE minimum. Odds are food is not your problem here, though older animals tend to eat less as they age. Too many things can compound that and need to be ruled out.
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yes, take the dog to the vet.

also, you can add another feeding to her day.
She should probably be eating at least twice a day, if not 3 times...
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I'd take her to the vet and get a full exam and blood work done. She could just be having problems putting back on the weight she lost, but it's best to rule out if the cause is medical.

What are you considering skinny, and have you asked her vet how she's doing weight wise? A lot of people nowadays consider an animal at a healthy body weight to skinny because so many animals are overweight. She should have a waist that you can feel if you bet her, if she's shaved down you should be able to see it. You should be able to feel her ribs if you press down slightly while petting her.
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Hi Everyone,
Thanks for all of the great advice. Unfortunately, I am now disabled and simply can't afford to take her to the vet at the moment. I never expected that both of us would end up in this situation when I brought Pooki home as a puppy from our local Humane Society!!! I wish I had got pet insurance when I brought her home all of those years ago.

My friend just suggested adding puppy food to her regular diet. I will have to check to see if there might be a "no-grain puppy food" because the grains really give her diarehha!

Thanks again for all of your help!

Sandi and Pooki
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Can you find a low cost clinic nearby? She should really see the vet....you can also look into care credit
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