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Offline Doogers

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Loosing weight
« on: May 16, 2024, 11:27:07 AM »
Hi all,

After some advice please, my 13yr old girl is gradually loosing weight, has anyone got any tips to fatten the girl up? She has never been a big girl.

She has always been a grazer, even from pup so putting more kibble down deffo wont work.

I dont think she has any underlying issue and vet not overly worried, just getting old like us all I guess :D



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Re: Loosing weight
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2024, 02:23:55 PM »
Hi, - if the vets not worried and has ruled out any health issues, Id guess its just a decrease in muscle mass, which effects most of us seniors  >:( .  It may be possible to include more calories by changing or adding to her food but to be honest, as long as her digestion is good,  shes well and happy and isnt begging for for more or refusing food altogether,, Id be inclined to carry on as normal and not risk upsetting her system.
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Re: Loosing weight
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2024, 04:29:53 PM »
I have this problem with my Ollie who is now coming up to 15 years.
He has lost a lot of weight recently so took him to the vets and he had full bloods and tests done and is apparently fit and healthy.
As bizzylizzy said it is purely muscle mass loss. Ollies bottom is a lot smaller [wish mine was] 😂, generally skinnier all over.   I did try feeding him more but it upset his tummy and just made him poo more, so just reduced it again and he is fine.   Its just old age really, so as long as there are no underlying problems, maybe just the odd extra treat or so.
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Re: Loosing weight
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2024, 05:11:21 PM »
Pam has really said my thoughts regarding maybe feeding more...my previous boy was 15 too but as he was on steriod he did keep his weight up, but any change in diet would result in either tummy upset of excess toileting which proved stressful to an older dog.

If you give more treats etc or it results in more toileting - now my Harry who is 18months was given pure smooth peanut butter as he was really skinny pup, he still has it (guess its half tps ) on bit of my dry toast or slice carrot just in morning, but my late boy would not of tolerated it.

If she is well and happy think maybe best to leave well alone and but it down toher age., as with my old dog it was sad that we had to really monitor is weight gain in later life, how he loved a wee bit of sausage :luv:
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Re: Loosing weight
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2024, 09:16:39 PM »
Thanks all for your replies. All what you have said makes total sense. Think i will just keep an eye on it and go for a few extra treats and maybe the odd sausage  ;)



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