Weight loss is often easier to achieve by adding canned food to your dog’s feeding regimen.
Getting your dog to eat enough or to stop eating so much, can be a tricky situation. Obesity carries many health risks and making sure your dog is on the can benefit several areas of his or her life. But, what about if your dog seems to be losing weight? Sudden weight loss in dogs can signal that something is wrong or it may just be because they are running more and eating less. If your dog loses more than 10% of his or her total body weight, this should be a cause for concern. As with most bodily changes in your pets, you’ll want to be aware of weight loss. To help you identify any potential issues we’ve outlined six causes of sudden weight loss in dogs.
If this is the case, reduce your dog's food intake, includingtreats, or find a lower calorie diet for your dog. Gradually increaseexercise until your dog is getting 40 to 80 minutes of high-energyexercise daily. This can include walking, jogging, running with yourbicycle or playing fetch. Consult your veterinarian about an effectiveweight loss program for your dog.
Freshpet - Optimal Diets for Weight Loss in Dogs, Part 1 of 2
Freshpet - Optimal Diet for Weight Loss in Dogs, Part 2 of 2
Because these dogs are so small, your Shih Tzu may not have a very big appetite to begin with. If your dog had a very healthy appetite and suddenly quit eating, evaluate why this could be. Is your dog stressed? Should you consider a new type of food? While temporary loss of appetite isn't normally a big deal, prolonged loss of appetite accompanied by weight loss may be reason enough to contact your vet. Often, intestinal are the reason for "unknown" weight loss in many pets. Use monthly (dogs only) or to help control worms. If your pet doesn't need or medications, every three months. removes whipworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms in dogs, and (Rx) removes roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms in cats. Controlling worms in your pet will mean there is less of a chance your pet will have a sudden or rapid weight loss. With sudden, short-term weight loss in dogs and cats caused by dehydration rather than loss of fat, the eyes appear sunken, the skin tents when pinched and does not spring back quickly, there is little urine production, the stools are hard, and the mucous membranes covering the gums are tacky rather than moist. You may also notice the following symptoms if your pet has sudden weight loss:During the study period, all dogs were fed a commercial low-fat, high-protein, dry diet…. The aim was to achieve a weight loss rate of approximately 1.5%/wk. The dogs were weighed every other week, at which time compliance with the feeding plan was discussed with the owner, and if weight loss was 2%, the dog's daily feeding allowance was adjusted (increased or decreased) by 10%.