Causes Of Rapid Weight Loss In Dogs

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There are many causes of rapid weight loss in dogs.  It can be caused by medical problems.  Disease of the liver, pancreas, and intestines can cause the food not to be absorbed properly.  Vomiting and dog diarrhea may be present.  Dog weight loss accompanied by increased water intake and urination may indicate kidney disease or diabetes.  Heart disease can cause weight loss in which the body does not get the proper nutrition because of poor circulation.  Dog worms or other canine parasites can steal your dog’s nutrition.

If your dog is just a little underweight, there may not be anything seriously wrong.  Toy breeds are sometimes picky about their food.  Adding a teaspoon of canned dog food to the dry food may tempt it to eat better.  Some dogs prefer their food be soft and moist.

Healthy pets that are lean usually have less joint, heart, lung and pancreatic problems.

Dogs that are underweight are not receiving enough calories.  If your dog is burning up more calories than it is taking in or eating a food that in not digestible, it may be losing weight.  Some dogs are hyper and you may have to cut back on the amount of exercise he gets.

If your dog does not seem ill and is active and alert, you can start by increasing it’s caloric intake.  You may need to increase the protein and fat contents in your dogs food.  Vitamins may increase your dogs appetite too.

If no weight gain is seen with increased food intake or if the weight loss is accompanied by signs of illness in the dog, you should see your vet.

Your vet may want to do a blood test, stool sample, urinalysis, electrocardiogram, ultrasound, endoscopy, and x-rays to find the underlying cause for the canine weight loss.

Why Dogs Cough

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Why dogs cough?  Coughing in dogs in a common problem.  All dogs that cough do not have a serious illness.  A dog that coughs can have a sore throat.  A canine cough is one of your dogs best defense mechanisms.  Any irritation of the breathing tubes will trigger a cough reflex in dogs.  A violent rush of air cleans material from the breathing tubes and the lungs.  Pollution and pollens in the air can irritate the respiratory system.

If the dog cough is accompanied by fever, weight loss, difficulty breathing, lethargy, blue gums and tongue, with a history of heart disease, heart murmur, or a malignant tumor, you should call your vet immediately.

If your dog is coughing, it could have canine influenza which is commonly called dog flu.

Tracheobronchitis or dog kennel cough causes a dog dry cough that is unproductive and sounds serious.  Kennel cough is a viral disease that is highly contagious among dogs.  Kennel cough causes the dog to gag after the coughing spasm and bring up a white foam.

Heartworm disease can start with a dog coughing, because the dead worms can lodge in the lung tissue.

Toy and obese dogs may develop a collapsed trachea, which causes a goose honk cough.  You may notice it after the dog gets a drink of water.  It can be diagnosed by a X-Ray.

If the dog has unwanted material in the breathing tubes, you can use a cool mist vaporizer or turn on the shower to produce steam.  You should see some relief from the congestion in fifteen in minutes.  If no improvement is seen, call your vet.

A dog with a cough may have canine distemper.  Distemper in dogs is a contagious and serious disease that has no known cure.  The dog may sneeze and have a discharge from the eyes.


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