Post # 1
Last few weeks I’ve noticed that my little 18 year old dog is abit skinny at first didn’t think much of it but I bathed her today and realised how skinney she has gotten she’s a little foxie, terrier type dog and she’s usually 6-8kgs sounds heavy for a little dog I know but it’s a healthy weight she’s never been fat or overly skinny just a bit heavy when I pick her up and I just weighed her and she’s a little u under 4kgs or on the dot of 4kgs she has 1 meal a day and sometimes treats and biscuits during the day and thats at night I’m not quite sure what’s wrong i don’t know if it’s a health issue or she’s not diegusting her food properly or not just abit concerned about her she’s my world and I’d do anything but I don’t want to freak out and take her to the vet if its not a major issue
Post # 3
This happens as pets get older. It’s just part of life. It doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything in particuar wrong with her if she’s getting slightly thinner. Older animals have a harder time absorbing nutrients. I don’t think you’ll need to take her to the vet, unless her weight drastically changes or there are other, very concerning changes to her mood/energy levels/body condition.
I would personally recommend feeding her food specially formulated for older dogs, if you aren’t already. Wet food is sometimes easier to digest, or you can soak her dry food in enough water to just soften it for about 15 minutes before you feed her. You could also try puppy food, which is high in nutrients and calories.
Post # 4
@shadowedpixie: she does have little individual tins of wet dog food and that’s my dog brand the biscuits I get cat foods because their smaller and softer for her and she only eats them (very fussy) she’s never really been a active dog even when she was younger every now and then after a bath, me or mum come home does go hyper active crazy jumping running around etc has stopped doing the fetch thing long ago think it just wore her out to much and I’ve done the soaking the dry food in water refused to touch it (think the sogginess of the biscuits turned her off) she has lost quite a few teeth already so I had high hopes for the soggy biscuits lol but not much u can do with a fussy dog and is there a certain type of puppy food I should get she hates veggies refuses to eat them
Post # 5
@Squirrels47276: we just lost our Suki in July, she was 18. Our vet said A Few years back that animals naturally drop weight as they age into geriatrics, it is easier on their joints/arthritis. Unless there are other symptoms it may just be that.