Unexpected Weight Changes

Any unexpected weight changes, be it a loss or gain, should be of concern.  Our clinic offers a free weight check for all pets - simply swing by the clinic during our opening hours, and pop your dog on our scales! For cats, it will be preferable that you phone ahead to let us know that you are coming by - this is to ensure that we minimise the waiting times in order for us to weigh your cat on our consult rooms' weighing scales. 

 

Causes of Weight Loss

Weight loss in pets usually occurs when the body is not receiving sufficient calories to maintain a healthy bodyweight. Below is a non-exhaustive list of conditions that may result in weight loss:

 

There are several reasons why a pet may unintentionally lose weight, and some of these conditions are more serious than others.  It is important that you have your pet checked over by a veterinarian if you have noticed any loss in weight. Continue reading below to find out what tests can be performed to investigate unexplained weight loss.

  

Causes of Weight Gain

Not all weight gains are due to a pet eating too much or not exercising enough. Below is a non-exhaustive list of conditions that may cause your pet to put on weight unintentionally:

 

There are several reasons why a pet may unintentionally gain weight, and some of these conditions are more serious than others.  It is important that you have your pet checked over by a veterinarian if you have noticed any increase in their weight. Continue reading below to find out what tests can be performed to investigate unexplained weight gain

 

How Weight Changes may be Investigated

After a thorough history collection from the pet parent & a physical examination of your pet, your veterinarian may recommend one or a combination of the following diagnostics below to investigate unexplained weight loss or gain in your pet. Because every pet is different, our veterinarians will tailor a specific diagnostic workup plan specific to your pet following an in-depth discussion with you. 

 

 

  The above information is provided for educational purposes only and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional veterinary medical advice, diagnosis or treatment; and should not be relied on solely as veterinary advice. If you are worried your pet may be experiencing unintentional weight changes, please phone us on (06) 3588675 to book them in for a check over.

 

 

Page updated by Cahill Animal Hospital on 29 July 2021
 
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