Underweight Dogs

 

Dog Food for an Underweight Dog
Although obesity is far too common in dogs today, there are also dogs with the opposite problem. In fact, some dogs have trouble maintaining an adequate weight. It may be the result of being extremely active or an underlying issue. A high-quality, well-balanced dog food can frequently help put healthy weight on your dog.

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Should I see a vet
Whatever the cause of your dog’s weight loss, when a healthy dog suddenly becomes thin and lethargic it can be alarming. If you cannot tempt your dog to eat with special treats or warmed up food, and he continues to lose weight or eat less than usual, you should see your vet to help you determine the cause of the weight loss or disinterest in food to ensure nothing serious is causing the problem.

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Causes of being underweight
Your dog may have an illness that is not obvious to you. Illnesses that require treatment and medications include:

  • Stress
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  • Cancer
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  • Diabetes
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  • Hepatitis
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  • Parasites
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  • Depression
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  • Medications
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  • Liver disease
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  • Heart disease
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  • Kidney disease
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  • Dental problems
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  • Inflammatory bowel disease
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  • Allergies to ingredients in food

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Symptoms of being underweight

  • Diarrhea
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  • Vomiting
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  • Abrupt weight loss
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  • Decreased appetite
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  • Difficulty swallowing
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  • Lower-than-average body size

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What are ways to encourage my dog to eat
Your dog may be a finicky eater, particular about the brand of food, or how it is served. However, if your dog is losing weight or avoiding food altogether, tempting him to eat regularly with balanced food is important for his health. Try the following tips to encourage your dog to eat:

  • Adding good calories
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  • Offering supplements
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  • Making food tempting
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  • Switching feeding patterns

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When you make changes in your dog’s food, be careful that any weight gain does not result in the opposite problem of obesity. When you make food changes gradually, ease up on high-calorie foods when your dog returns to his normal, healthy weight.

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Treatment for being underweight
You can help a healthy underweight dog gain weight. It requires creating a feeding program focusing on boosting your dog’s nutrition rather than just adding a lot of extra calories. An excessive amount of calories too quickly could create digestive upsets and may result in vomiting and diarrhea. Also, supplementing his diet with an abundance of fat could cause medical issues such as swelling of the pancreas. The ideal dog food contains with meat, fruits, vegetables, and eggs while avoiding meat meals, by-products, and cereal grains..

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Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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