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Concerned about steady weight loss.

When Django first arrived at the clinic almost 7 years ago, he weighed in at 10 pounds. Over the course of the last 2 years and doses of prednisone, he gained almost 2 1/2 pounds. That's like the average person gaining almost 20 pounds. In the last 7 months, I have been very mindful of the amount of food he receives, treats, etc. We have been able to get his weight down slowly and he is not 10.2 pounds.

He still gets his 1/2 cup of food minus 1 tablespoon. Although his prednisone dose has increased his appetite has slowed down. He no longer walks around like he is starving. He still gets his treats and his turkey with his medicine.
He had extensive blood work done a few weeks ago and the vet was amazed how fantastic his numbers looked.

Here's my concern. Every time we go to the vet for his monthly shot, he looses a few ounces. He dropped from 10.6 to 10.2 this last visit. The vet reminded me this last visit that he was 10 pounds when we brought him over a few years, he gained weight and now he's back to where he should be.

He is doing amazingly well. He has good energy considering we have not been able to go out for a walk since January. He's in the best place he has been in in a long time. He's also 10 years old. The vet said not to be concerned unless he drops into the 9's.

Do I need to stop worrying and just attribute his weight loss to a good diet?
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Yay! He is doing great! You have got the medication right. The numbers are good. His weight has gone back to pre-illness weight. The vet is happy. Woo-hoo! Pat on the back.

I would celebrate and not worry unless he keeps losing weight. Good job!

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Is he always weighed on the same scale at the vet's office? At Emmie's vet's office there's a large scale in the lobby and then smaller ones in each of the exam rooms, and they don't all report the exact same weight - there can be a discrepancy of 0.2-0.5 lbs.

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Same scale every time.
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When Django first arrived at the clinic almost 7 years ago, he weighed in at 10 pounds. Over the course of the last 2 years and doses of prednisone, he gained almost 2 1/2 pounds. That's like the average person gaining almost 20 pounds. In the last 7 months, I have been very mindful of the amount of food he receives, treats, etc. We have been able to get his weight down slowly and he is not 10.2 pounds.

He still gets his 1/2 cup of food minus 1 tablespoon. Although his prednisone dose has increased his appetite has slowed down. He no longer walks around like he is starving. He still gets his treats and his turkey with his medicine.
He had extensive blood work done a few weeks ago and the vet was amazed how fantastic his numbers looked.

Here's my concern. Every time we go to the vet for his monthly shot, he looses a few ounces. He dropped from 10.6 to 10.2 this last visit. The vet reminded me this last visit that he was 10 pounds when we brought him over a few years, he gained weight and now he's back to where he should be.

He is doing amazingly well. He has good energy considering we have not been able to go out for a walk since January. He's in the best place he has been in in a long time. He's also 10 years old. The vet said not to be concerned unless he drops into the 9's.

Do I need to stop worrying and just attribute his weight loss to a good diet?
I'm so glad to hear that Django is doing so well. It's about time for that little guy to feel better. I don't think I'd worry about the loss of a couple of ounces, as long as everything else is good. Sounds like he's finally getting back to where he was and the vet isn't concerned at all at this point. I weigh Tyler every two weeks when we go for his nail trim and he does the same thing. Since August, he's been 12.6, 12.2, 12.4, 12.3, 12.9, 12.7, 12.8 and 12.2 One time he dropped from 12.6 to 12.3, but I think it was because I finally stopped weighing him with his car harness on. As long as he's doing well otherwise, I don't think about it. He seems to be holding steady for the most part at 12.3. Hope that helps you a bit.


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sounds like he is doing well....relax and enjoy it!!

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If he keeps losing you need to up his food a little until he is at a steady weight. I'm doing that with Scudder now. Trying to get just the right amount to maintain his weight.

If you feed him more and he keeps losing, then I'd be concerned.





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