Why is my pet losing weight?

Weight loss can occur in our pets for a variety of reasons. Diet changes can cause weight change as all pet foods contain different calorie contents. One-half cup of one dry food may contain significantly more or less calories than the same volume of another. Switching from a dry to a canned pet food can also result in weight loss as canned food contains more water and less carbohydrates than most dry kibble.

Many medical conditions can also result in weight loss. Diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid complications, and many other diseases can all result in weight and muscle loss. If your pet seems a little thinner than normal, and no diet change has occurred that can explain it, please contact us at Hudson Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment. Our doctors will be happy to assess your pet and discuss any recommended diagnostics, such as blood work, if they are indicated.

Dr Crane

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