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Excessive Weight Loss

Excessive Weight Loss

Pet is loosing too much weight, or emaciation, without explanation. A cat or dog losing weight can have different causes, such as changes in diet or environment, but also medical conditions. Excessive weight loss can cause serious damage to your pet and it's therefore necessary to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause.

How to Recognize

If your pet appears much skinnier than usual, it can be a sign something is wrong.

Causes of Excessive Weight Loss

Excessive weight loss can be caused by gall bladder, liver, or pancreatic disease or kidney or heart failure. Hyperthyroidism, Addison's disease, diabetes, fever, infection, and parasites can also be the cause.


Weight loss may be due to a change in diet, exercise, or environment, but it can also be a sign of an underlying condition. Bring your pet to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will run a lot of tests and may take blood, urine, and fecal samples.

Treatment for Excessive Weight Loss

Treatment varies depending on the underlying condition. Your veterinarian may recommend nutrient supplements to help your pet gain weight back.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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