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10 year old male rough collie wont eat

miawallace
April 7th, 2006, 09:10 AM
My rough collie Sandy has always been a picky eater but recently he wont always eat his food and when he does he is sometimes sick. He is becoming underweight and has been to the vet who took blood tests and thought he was fine.

Is there any dog food avalible that is for bulking up dogs? There seems to be plenty for overweight dogs but none for underweight?

any ideas?

jawert1
April 7th, 2006, 01:23 PM
Dogs don't just drop weight for no reason there's something wrong but as nobody here is a vet, I would recommend getting a second vet opinion and soon. Good luck :pawprint:

Luba
April 7th, 2006, 06:37 PM
Have you tried a home cooked diet?

Prin
April 8th, 2006, 03:04 AM
Have you tried adding canned food or other supplements (like come cooked food) to his kibble?

OntarioGreys
April 8th, 2006, 04:19 AM
You still neeed to find out the cause of the weight loss could be metabolic or else due to tummy troubles or something else is wrong could be even something as serious as cancer somewhere in his body

From the bloodtest ask the vet how his t4 looked, some dogs with hypothyroidism will lose weight instead of gain, it is rare but does happen

Has he been on any medications recently, collies are sensitive to several drugs ivermectin that is in some heartworm meds the most common but some also have troubles with
erythromycin, grepafloxacin (antimicrobial agents); doxorubicin, vinca alkaloids (anticancer agents); cyclosporin A, tacrolimus (immunosuppressants); dexamethasone, hydrocortisone (steriods); loperamide, domperidon (gastrointestinal drugs); and quinidine, digoxin (cardiac drugs).
http://www.awca.net/drug.htm

AVERMECTIN/ ABAMECTIN/ IVERMECTIN can be found in some yard pesticides and tree insecticides

A recipe to help with weight gain commonly used for dogs that have lost weight do to illness or or those that have been deprived food due to been lost or through abuse
Satins Balls http://www.dpca-breedered.com/satin_balls.html

miawallace
April 8th, 2006, 02:01 PM
He isnt on any meds at all and isnt near any pesticides

His weight hasnt dropped suddenly it has been gradual but his energy levels are fine, he certainly doesn't feel ill. He was the runt of the litter and was feed from two dogs so his eating has always been funny.

He gets a good diet with everything he needs and with having him for ten years we know what he likes and what he doesnt

We're going to take him back to the vet but as someone said it depends on the vet you gte. We live in a small place in north east scotland and the choice of vets is very sparse.

Thanks for all the comments tho, I'll let you all know how he gets on.
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