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2 year old Malinois weight loss (ribs...

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22 Jan 2022

2 year old Malinois weight loss (ribs showing) and in recent 2 weeks increased excretion up to 7 per day but stools are solid. Shows no sign of discomfort, pain or lethargy.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Have you noticed any changes in the dog's appetite?
Customer: No - eats breakfast (dry food) and dinner and snacks. Thanks for the fast response
JA: Could the dog have eaten something unusual?
Customer: Nobody has had access to her. She lives on a compound and delights in finding discarded bones from the guards - try to limit that. The type of exercise changed to 4 x 30 minute segments of fast ball chasing - she was running (trotting/walking )with her previous dog sitter about 10km per night. Could I be over-exercising her - but why would that increase excretion?
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Jaru - she will be 2 years next month. She was very late having her first season (last October) and seemed to lose weight around that time but this has been notable in the last couple of weeks
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Nothing that I can think could explain the weight loss. Thanks
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22 Jan 2022

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22 Jan 2022
AndrewR316
AndrewR316
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Hi, this is Dr. Andrew, I'm here to help out.

22 Jan 2022
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22 Jan 2022
AndrewR316
AndrewR316
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Can you tell me, is she regularly dewormed? There are certain parasites that could cause weight loss and increased eliminations without diarrhea. And, can you tell me if it has been difficult to keep weight on her in the past? Finally, do the feces appear pale or abnormal in color?

22 Jan 2022
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22 Jan 2022
AndrewR316
AndrewR316
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Hi, just checking to see if you're still with me. She should either be tested for parasites OR dewormed. I would also be somewhat concerned with ruling out exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Any time we have unexplained weight loss, it's worth working it up. Testing for parasites, running bloodwork, and potentially an ultrasound of the abdomen would be warranted. I agree, over-exercising is unlikely to cause more excretion, though activity does promote intestinal motility. But we also worry about things like inflammatory bowel disease, food allergy or sensitivity, fortunately less likely cancer given the animal's age. What is the veterinary care arrangement for her?

22 Jan 2022
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22 Jan 2022
AndrewR316
AndrewR316

Sorry we weren't able to connect. I am logging off for now. If you have further questions, you can request me next time. Best of luck and I hope that information was somewhat helpful.

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23 Jan 2022
Thanks for that - I realised as it was after midnight that I should have said I was typing from Afghanistan. She is fully vaccinated but I wondered whether there was something else. I have been running the UN's office in Mazar (northern Afghanistan) and have just found a local vet. There is an excellent practice in Kabul but she won't be back there for another couple of months so we will see what the Mazar guy can test for...should certainly be able to deworm her. She's otherwise very happy - has taken to compound life very well and has brought joy to a lot of colleagues who have played with/looked after her. In what has been a tad stressful six months she is a wonderful de-stresser ...just want to be sure that she continues to be obviously. Will revert if your suggestions don't get to the root of the problem. Thanks,
23 Jan 2022

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