My 18 year old dog has lost a bit of weight :(

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
229 posts
Helper bee

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 # 5
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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.

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