Poor Growth

An abnormally slow height or weight gains in a pet or poor growth, often referred to as stunted growth. This is a common condition that occurs mainly in very young dogs and cats. However, it can occur in adolescents as well. When pets do not grow normally, it can be due to many different reasons. The most common reasons are malnutrition and roundworms. Nevertheless, there are other issues that can cause poor growth in dogs and cats including skeletal disorders and pituitary dwarfism.

Poor Growth

How to Recognize

Poor growth can be recognized if your pet is not growing normally or as quickly as it should and/or by abnormal changes in your pet\\\'s weight.


The most common cause of poor growth is a roundworms infection. Malnutrition and skeletal disorders are also causes of poor growth.


While abnormal growth is common in puppies and kittens, it is rare in adult pets. A fecal sample is necessary to detect if your pet has roundworms.


Treatment for roundworms is required regularly. Preventative measures should be taken to hinder future infections.

Poor Growth Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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