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Old 11-19-2016, 06:39 PM
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Looking for input on what may be going on with Bandit...

Mid-October bandit had an issue with his back and had to go to the vet. We weighed him there and he weighed in at 27.9lbs, they said his weight was perfect and he was in great shape. Well about two weeks ago I took him to a friends house and they said that he looked thinner then the last time they had seen him, I hadn't noticed until she said something but I agreed with her and started upping his food intake and keeping more careful track of it. I wanted to take him to the vet, but Christian told me to wait since we had a visit scheduled for today anyways to get his vaccines updated. I had noticed that he wasn't gaining any weight but I couldn't tell if he was still losing weight or if it was just my anxiety playing tricks on me. Well, they weighed him today and hes only 24.9lbs! He lost almost three pounds in a month! I started to panic but ordered a fecal because my mind immediately went to worms. Fecal came back clear, and I don't even know what to expect now. He has been eating perfectly and I don't know any other things that would cause him to drop so much weight so quickly. You can easily count his ribs now and we've gone from a healthy tuck-up to basically seeing his hip bones protruding. I may be overreacting but I'm freaking out, The vet didn't seem super concerned but she did order some blood work to be done when we go back in three weeks for his lyme disease booster shot. Should I push for an earlier appt.? Is there any other tests I need to be looking at or asking for? I have a monthly plan with them so a lot of this is covered under that and I get a fairly decent discount so I can get a lot of tests done if that's whats needed. Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-19-2016, 08:24 PM
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I don't blame you for being concerned. Since I've gone from owning GSDs to tiny lap dogs, I am constantly thinking something is horribly wrong and I'm the worst owner ever. LOL I think if it will make you feel better to get an earlier appointment that's exactly what you should do. I hope you'll let us know how its going.
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Old 11-19-2016, 08:36 PM
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I absolutly will! I don't know why I didn't say something to them at first, I don't have to pay for office visits so it doesn't cost anymore to have an extra visit for the booster
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Any unexplained weight loss warrants investigation. If it were me, I would be back at the Vets looking for an explanation for that weight loss. It may be nothing to worry about, but you need to know one way or the other.
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@Laco thats a good point. I honestly don't know why the vet was so relaxed about it, I mean he's lost about 10% of his body weight in a month! Does anyone know anything that might be the culprit here? He was a stray, so I have no history for his first two years.
@McCourt I totally get your point about small dogs! Although for me its a little bit different, my family dogs were from breeders and I'm terrified that Bandit has some genetic ailment that I won't catch, I can't stand not knowing his history!
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You could try getting the opinion of a second vet, just to be sure.
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