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What is Increased Appetite?

Hunger and the feeling of being full after eating (satiety) are controlled by the central nervous system. Abnormalities in the CNS can cause increased appetite, as can several other factors such as stress, an underlying disease, or a tumor. Because appetite changes are so common in many illnesses and situations, diagnosing the reason for it can be a complex process. Polyphagia can indicate serious disease. Any alteration in your pet’s eating behavior should be checked by the veterinarian.

Increased appetite is known as polyphagia in veterinary terms. If your dog seems to be continuously hungry and his behavior dictates that he requires food in excess of the norm, further investigation is warranted. A visit to the veterinarian is needed in order to diagnose an underlying cause, and to determine how the insatiable appetite is affecting his weight (another important marker to canine health).

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Symptoms of Increased Appetite in Dogs

Prompt action in dealing with an increased appetite is conducive to determining the exact cause. Polyphagia complications can range in severity. The following symptoms can indicate that your dog must be seen by the veterinarian without delay.

  • Weight changes can include both loss or gain
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequency in urination
  • Exhibiting behavior indicating constant hunger

If the polyphagia is due to an underlying disease, you may see symptoms such as listed below. Symptoms will vary depending on the cause.

  • Depression
  • Neurological signs can include pacing, circling, blindness
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle weakness
  • Panting
  • Soft stool or diarrhea
  • Trembling
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
Types

Polyphagia can be classified as follows.

  • Primary
    • Caused by destruction of the satiety center, for example, trauma
    • There can be neurological signs of a CNS disease
  • Secondary
    • More common than primary polyphagia
    • Diseases, parasites, and diet, are considered secondary polyphagia
  • Drug Induced
    • Corticosteroids, for example, can increase food intake

Causes of Increased Appetite in Dogs

If your canine companion is showing signs of constant hunger, the situation can be worrisome, and can often lead to very unfavorable behavior on the part of your dog. In order to return your pet to his normal state of well-being, you will want to take him to the veterinarian without delay. Causes for the increased appetite are great in number. Some are listed below.

  • A lesion in the central nervous system
  • Trauma
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low-calorie diet
  • Overfeeding
  • Learned behavior of begging for food
  • Stress can cause your dog to increase eating habits
  • Infection
  • Continual living in a low environmental temperature
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Increased exercise
  • An endocrine or hormone related disease like diabetes mellitus or hyperadrenocorticism
  • Malabsorption or maldigestion of food due to illness or parasites
  • Pancreatic atrophy
  • Rate of gastric emptying
  • Cancer
  • Medications like thyroid supplements, sedatives or anticonvulsants

Diagnosis of Increased Appetite in Dogs

The veterinarian will, under most normal circumstances, begin with a physical examination while discussing your observations and concerns. Possible findings may be muscle wasting, alopecia (hair loss), ataxia (loss of control of bodily movements), and abdominal or hepatic enlargement.

Laboratory tests can be great indicators of why your dog seems to have an insatiable appetite. The tests can reveal various results.

  • Complete Blood Count
    • Presence of anemia will be evaluated through red blood cell count
    • An increase in white blood cells could point to intestinal parasitism or hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease)
  • Serum Biochemical Profile
    • Changes to glucose, proteins and enzymes may be discovered
    • Increase in liver enzymes and alkaline phosphatase can mean Cushing’s Disease or diabetes mellitus
  • Urinalysis
    • Analysis of protein and glucose
    • There may be crystals in the urine
  • Fecal Flotation
    • This procedure is done to check for parasite eggs

Additional diagnostic imaging might be needed, in the form of a radiograph, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI.

Treatment of Increased Appetite in Dogs

The treatment protocol for your canine family member will vary depending on the underlying cause of the polyphagia. The veterinarian has the knowledge to help you deal with any sort of at home therapy required for successful resolution of the appetite changes.

For example, a drug-induced increase in appetite may be indeed temporary, and will wane with time, even with the continued use of the prescribed medication.

In the instance of an apparent insatiable appetite caused by stress or learned behavior, you will receive direct advice and best practices on how to deal with the problem. The veterinary caregiver may suggest behavioral therapy for a habitual eater. A dog suffering from a stress-induced neverending desire to eat may benefit from the simple removal or reduction of the stressor. No doubt, the veterinarian will ask you to feed your dog only as per the caloric requirements to maintain the good health of your pet. Don’t be discouraged; behavioral issues take time to resolve. Patience and kindness are the best remedies.

If there is a serious underlying disease, of course, it must be dealt with and in turn, the appetite problem should also resolve. For example, diabetes mellitus will require insulin management and dietary adjustments. A parasitic invasion will be eradicated with medication. Diseases like cancer will involve treatment in the form of surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, and perhaps all three.

Recovery of Increased Appetite in Dogs

The prognosis of recovery, by all means, is dependent on the cause of the polyphagia, and the successful resolution of the disease that may be the primary reason for the appetite disturbance. Continual communication with the veterinary caregiver will be part of the home care and management. The veterinarian will advise on repeat blood tests, imaging follow-up and dietary advice as needed. Return visits to the clinic will depend upon the initial cause of the polyphagia. As always, working together with the veterinary specialist is best for the continued comfort and welfare of your dog.

Increased Appetite Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ellie Mae
Jack Russel mix
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I adopted a Jack Russel mix one week ago today. She was spayed on the day before I adopted her. She is eleven monthsw old. She is very emaciated and had diarrhea when I got her. They told me the diarrhea was from the de-worming medicine. About an hour and a half after I got her home to my house, she vomited and there was a round thing in it. Upon investigation, I found it to be a child's sock. She would not eat prior to vomiting, but she has been ravenous ever since. She gobbles her food very quickly. I took her to my vet the next morning. She weighed 28 pounds and he said he would liek to get her up to about 35 pounds. She is looking much better but she wants to eat all the time. The diarrhea has stopped but she is having about 3 formed stools a day. She has started pulling the trash out of the bathroom and was found to be chewing on a button this evening. I am in fear that she will eat another foreign object and I don't really know how much to feed her. My vet told me to give her two cups a day. I am feeding her puppy chow right now. I was giving her three cups a day but cut back to two today because she is filling in nicely. Anyway, she acts like she is starving and I am unsure if I should feed her having been emaciated or keep her at two cups per day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ellie Mae may need more food, but if she is gaining weight at a healthy rate with 2 cups/day, it would be best to keep her there, as your veterinarian has seen her, evaluated her, and recommended that quantity of food. It will probably be an ongoing assessment for a little while, and would be best to keep in regular contact with your veterinarian to assess her weight and health status until she has reached the point where you want her to be.

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Harley
American Pitbull/American Staffordshire Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Always hungry
Frequent Urination
Stealing Food

Our family dog, Harley is 9 years old and we rescued him when he was 11 weeks old. He has always been a very good boy, well trained and disciplined. He has always done all he can to follow directions and been in superb health with the exception of really bad teeth. About 6 months ago he started getting into the garbage and would steal food off our counters and even off our kids plates which is completely abnormal for him. I took him to his vet and they told me to increase his diet, add some dry dog food with his wet to help fill him up. And if necessary, give him 1 1/2 to 2 cans of wet instead of just the 1 morning and night. We have done all those things and it hasn't gotten any better. He's still stealing food but seems to be losing weight. His bowel movements are normal and normal consistency and no sign of worms. He does have to urinate more often now and has had a couple accidents which he hates. He has become VERY clingy to me and won't leave my side which is a little odd. Even at night he use to sleep with our oldest daughter and now won't unless I make him. He is showing some very small signs of age such as lack of patience and grumpy which he then comes to me and tries to be a lap dog again, but off seem normal to me for a aging dog. Nothing extreme, but still noticeable. Is this typically normal for an aging dog or should it be looked at further by his Vet. Oh and not sure if it matters, but he was the runt of his litter. I appreciate any advice. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible issues which may be affecting Harley which may include malabsorption, hormonal conditions, parasites among other causes; if his appetite has increased to the point where he is losing weight and stealing food from the worktop then I would suggest further investigation by your Veterinarian. Without examining Harley I cannot say specifically what the cause is but malabsorption, hormonal conditions and parasites are common causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Yorkie
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

obsessed with food

I rescued a Yorkie male ..11yrs old and he does have a massive liver cancer and Chushing's disease.....and major kidney disease.....he was doing really well on the diet my Vet said to give him......well now he is just obsessed with finding food.....he never stops......he has the runs now and very irritable.........he even bit me.........he is a sweet boy and we want him comfortable .......is this coming to the end ??? Please help ...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about Buddy, I'm not sure whether he is doing okay or not. If his appetite is more than normal, that might be a good sign, given all of the things that he has going on! He may need more food, and your veterinarian can guide you on what to feed him, as they are able to examine him and know more about his particular conditions. I hope that he does well.

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Pepper
Boston Terrier
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My vet put my dog on a diet to lose four pounds. She is a Boston Terrier and is very food motivated. I thought the vet said to reduce her food to one cup a day. After two weeks, Pepper really went crazy when I fed her and really demonstrated a need for more kibble. I read the feeding amounts and realized that one cup a day is for an 11 pound dog. Pepper, should weigh 24 pounds so I upped the amount of food I was giving her to 1 1/2 cups per day. She gets one small biscuit each time we go out side (five times a day) and I have stopped giving her human food. The vet prescribed Royal Canin Hydrolized Protein dog food because my pet has food allergies, including sensitivity to poultry. I have never seen my pooch act so hungry in the five years I've owned her. She would leave her old food sitting all day - but now when it's feeding time, she gobbles it all up within two minutes. She does seem to be drinking more water but has no other symptoms. The new food has chicken meal as an ingredient but I was assured it wouldn't cause any issues. I am worried about the increased appetite.

She is taking hydroxizine 25 mg / up to 3 times a day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

A dog may have an increased appetite when changing food for a few different reasons; the new food is highly palatable, the food isn’t filling or it isn’t fulfilling their nutritional needs. As far as measuring food, when you are trying to get a dog to loose weight, a decrease in the quantity of food is required to assist with the weight loss (depending on the product). You would need to talk with your Veterinarian (as they know Pepper’s history better) to change the food or to add a low nutrition bulking agent to fill her up keeping her full for longer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cc
Bearded Collie
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst

My dog Cc who as always been a fussy eater is now always looking for food and constantly drinking.
We took her to be checked by the vet and bloods where taken but all came back clear.
I'm worried something may of been missed

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Cc or seeing her blood work results, I'm not sure what might be going on with her, but if you feel that there is something amiss, it would be a good idea to contact your veterinarian and let them know that you are concerned, and her behavior has not changed. There may be something that they hadn't thought of that may be worth pursuing. Alternatively, you can seek a second opinion, as different veterinarians have different skill sets, and it never hurts to have more than one set of eyes with some cases. I hope that she is okay.

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Zoie
Cocker Spaniel
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Always hung

My dog is always hungry, it started about a month ago we have taken her to the vet and they checked her for cancer which she doesn’t have and she doesn’t have cushing but she will fight our other dog for his food while he is eating the vet said she may have allergy’s any ideas would help thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Zoie, I cannot determine why she might have an increased appetite. If you have recently seen your veterinarian, they should be able to give you an idea as to what might be happening, and what you might be able to try for it. he may need a diet change, as she is a senior, or she may need to eat more - I'm not sure what her body condition is like. Until you are able to figure out what is going on with her, it would be a good idea to feed your dogs separately. I hope that everything goes well!

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Max
Beagle
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Deaf
Frequent Urination
Increased thirst
Occasional blood in stools
Frequent diahrea
Increased hunger

Medication Used

none

Max is a rescue I ve had since he was 9 1/2 years old. He was found on the streets so nothing is known about his past. More and more for the last 2 years he has been wanting to drink and eat constantly. I ve had to take eater away and I only feed twice a day at the same time as my other dogs. I feed him a bit more than the recommended amount. He always is asking to go out to pee and everytime he is in his crate, he pees or poops in it. Even if it s been less than 5 min since he s been in his crate. He also eats poop. He sleeps a lot because of his age but still full of energy enough to play a bit with our other dogs from time to time. He has never been an affectionate dog either. We re contemplating euthanasia because we re worried he is suffering and being 15 years old

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You seem to have given Max many years that he may not have had otherwise, and it is always difficult when our pets get to the point where they aren't enjoying their lives anymore. Without examining Max, I can't comment on his health status or whether he may be suffering, but it would be a good idea to book an appointment with your veterinarian and have a quality of life examination for Max. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him and let you know their opinion on what might be going on with him and whether euthanasia is the best thing for him at this point. I hope that you are able to keep him comfortable a while longer.

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BAILEY
pit bull terrier
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

excessive hunger

My puppy just turned 12 weeks old. She seems to never be full and acts like she is starving. We feed hiqh quality food. Three times a day. She gulps her food and swallows it without chewing. We've tried hand feeding, softening her food, feeding her on a cookie sheet, a slow feeder bowl and nothing helps. Her wait is ok. But her excessive hunger worries me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian, and discuss how much you feed her, what the brand and calorie content of the food is, and how often she defecates. If she is getting adequate nutrition, that may be her behavior, but if there is something that you can change or treat, your veterinarian may be able to shed some light on whether she has parasites, a food intolerance, or just needs different nutrition. I hope that she does well.

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Miley
Cockapoo
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy, hungry, smells

My dog Miley constantly scratches and smells even after I bathe her. She is s 11 year old cockapoo. She is also constantly wanting food. Its like she is never full. Between her constantly getting in the trash to get her packets of wet food out to lick them clean and the constant scratching all night long....she sleeps in my bed to the corn chip smell, it is driving me crazy! I know it has got to be bothering her!! This has just happened since October 2017.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since I can't examine Miley, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can examine her, determine what might be causing this problem with her skin. She may have a bacterial or fungal infection, parasites, or allergies, among other things. They'll be able to assess her, treat her problem, and give you both some relief.

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Baxter
MalteseShitzu
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

possible weight loss
excessive hunger

Hi, we recently adopted my neighbor's dog (she passed a few months ago). She had adopted him 2 years, when his previous owner passed away,so he's been through a lot in a couple of years. He and I were already bonded, so that helped this transition, however, it was still difficult for him. We think he is a maltese/shitzu mix. He weighs around 14 lbs. He has a heart condition and takes Enalapril and Lasix. He seems to constantly be hungry or wanting to eat. He looks like he's lost some weight in the last couple of months, but I've taken him to the vet to weight him and he only lost .4oz. He drinks a lot of water and urinates frequently due to the medications. I just seem to be able to feel his spine more than usual. I can't tell if it is b/c of all he's been through or b/c of his heart disease (I've read about Cardiac Cachexia) or if it's something else...and I'm wondering if this is why he always seems so hungry. Or maybe he's not getting the proper nutrients he needs? I would love any wisdom on the constant hunger and weight loss. I've mentioned this to our vet and he doesn't seem concerned but I just want to make sure all is ok. He's seems happy and still gets very excited! Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If he is being managed by you veterinarian, is on medications and is stable, but is losing weight and always hungry, he may need to eat more food. You could try increasing how much he eats and see if things improve - if not, be sure to check with his veteirnarian to make sure that he is okay.

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Melia
Shih Tzu
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stools, maybe due to diet,
Soft stools, maybe due to diet
Panting a lot inside
Panting most of time when insid

Increased appetite over the last 18 months or so. Liver enzymes are elevated. Walks almost every day about 2/3 of a mile. Somewhat lethargic in the house. Pants almost all of the time, except when sleeping. Soft stools, but eats 1/4 cup of dry dog food and a 20 oz bowl filled to the brim with boiled chicken twice a day. The only treat she has is a CET chew. My husband is definitely over feeding her, but she never used to clean the bowl. Sometimes, she would not eat anything for a day or two. Then, my husband would beg her to eat by tempting her with cheddar cheese and roast beef on top. Even then, she did not clean her bowl.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what your question is regarding? If Melia is overweight, that might explain the panting, and the lethargy. If her liver enzymes are elevated, and her appetite is more than normal, that might be a good thing, and you may need to worry about controlling her calories - there are prescription low calorie dog foods available but i can' t comment on whether those diets are appropriate with her current conditions. It would be best to contact your veterinarian and discuss if her increased appetite is related to anything going on with her health status. I hope that she does well!

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Merry
cockapoo
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Appetite
Frequent Urination

My dog had been doing a lot of licking on her paws so we asked the vet about it. Vet suggested a new food which may help reduce licking. Not sure if it is coincidental or if there is a direct correlation but lately she is always hungry, wakes in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom (something she hasn't done since she was a puppy) and is actually eating more food (1 cup to now 1.5 cups) than ever in her life. Not sure what is happening?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Some foods are easier to digest than others and may leave Merry hungary sooner; also depending on the ingredients, her water uptake may increase too. The important question is has she stopped licking her paws? If not, make sure that her paws are clean after going outside as interesting flavours can cause a dog to lick as well as sand or dust between the foot pads. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I'm curious if Merry has had improvement, have you had her checked for Cushing's disease? The insatiable hunger, increased urination, and skin infections can all be symptoms.

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Apollo
Bull Terrier
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool
Tail between legs
Growling
lip smacking
guarding food
acting out
ears back
Increased Appetite
Lethargy
Increased sleep

My dog has been acting very strange. He has been laying in his crate for two days only leaving to use the bathroom or eat. He also has been begging for food when he is awake aggressively. Barking at us and sitting and sleeping by the food. When we tell him to stop barking or try to move him he growls viciously and tries to bite. We have fed him his normal amount of food at his usual time and he still begs and barks for food. He has been pooping (stool slightly soft) and peeing and drinking pretty much normally. But his tail was between his legs this morning and he was just looking at me weird. I pressed on his stomach and didn't feel anything strange. He isn't in pain it seems. Now, we have another dog that had to stay overnight at the vet. She came home with a new bag of food. Do you think this could be the issue? He was stressed about her being gone (hence laying in his crate for 2 days straight) and then when she returned with special food and he didn't get it he acts out? I feel like I'm humanizing the dog but I really can't figure out why he is acting this way. Thank you for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Whilst we all humanise our pets (myself more than most), it is possible that he was stressed due to his companion being away and now they have returned with a different food he may smell it thinking it smells better than his food. If this is occurring during/after your other dog was at your Veterinarian then we may suspect that it is behavioural and the stool is soft due to stress; however I would recommend making sure that Apollo has been wormed with an effective anthelmintic and keep an eye on him, if this continues get him checked out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Chihuahua
4
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Oliver is a 4 year old chihuahua. A few weeks ago, I started noticing he was not himself. He was not as playful and just wanted to be left alone. I took him to his vet where they conducted blood test and x-rays. They all came back normal. Dr. V prescribed him Meloxidyl just in case he was in some sort of pain. I gave him the meds for a few days and he went back to being his old playful self. This week, his appetite has increased and he gulps down food as he if was starving. is constantly begging for food. He again is not as playful but not as lathargic as he was a few weeks ago. I don't know what is wrong with my boy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for an increased appetite which include parasites, hormonal conditions, malabsorption among other causes; you should revisit your Veterinarian for another examination since the problem is recurring for a more in depth examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hailey
German Shorthaired Pointer
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hunger
Thirst
Frequent Urination
Eating stool

My dog drinks insane amounts of water, and consequently pees all the time. When she's at home during the day, this results in accidents in the house. She also acts like she is starting to death all the time; whining and howling at any food left out on the counter, hovering over the other dogs when they're eating, even barking to go outside simply to eat stool.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various possible causes for the symptoms which you are describing, most common cause for these symptoms is Cushing’s Syndrome (or other similar hormonal condition). You should visit your Veterinarian to check Hailey over to determine an underlying cause so that treatment or management can be started. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/cushings-disease

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Roxanne
Cocker Spaniel x Poodle
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cocker spaniel almost 9 went blind about 4 months ago is now getting very aggressive toward the other dog, me, food, and nothing at all then turn around and be the most living girl you ever met. She acts like she has dementia or is hulucinating. Don't know what to do with her we have her and the other dog serrated by baby gates but it us getting old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Roxanne’s behaviour is definitely associated with her blindness (99% sure), the biggest problem she has is that she doesn’t know what is happening around her and is protective of her food because she doesn’t know if it will stay there. There is no easy fix for this and it may be a case of keeping your two dogs separate as the cause is behavioural and I cannot think of a way round this. I would recommend consulting a Behaviourist to see if there is anything they can suggest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Piper
Hungarian Vizsla
almost 3 years old
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Always hungry
Weight Loss
Diarrhea
Excessive Thirst

Medication Used

Panacur

Piper was a healthy dog until about 3 months ago. She started having lots of loose stools that have turned in to diarrhea. She also has lots of gas. She has lost 7 pounds in the past 2 months, even though she is eating the same amount of food. She always seems hungry and drinks lots of water. The vet did bloodwork and it all came back normal except her cholosterol was low (but she had eaten that day, so she hadn’t fasted). The vet recommended changing food from chicken to lamb and gave us Panacur for 5 days. Piper hasn’t improved. She looks like just skin & bones.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for weight loss in dogs and may include parasites, infections, malabsorption, digestion issues (pancreatic disorders), poor quality food, increased exercise among others. Normally malabsorption disorders or enteropathies will cause low blood albumin but everything was normal except low cholesterol. I would still be leaning towards some type of enteropathy but further testing would be required; weight loss and increased appetite are usually secondary to other condition, see the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/weight-loss-and-chronic-disease

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Dobby
Cavachon
21 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Feels warmer than usual when licking
Stomach looks pinker than usual
Panting
Eating more than usual

Dobby is 21 months old and experienced a significant increase in appetite over the past couple days, eating about two to three times more than usual (usually she eats the "good" food quickly at meal times and may have a bite or two of her everyday boring kibble now and again). We had to eliminate the extra kibble because she will just scarf it all down if it's left out. She has also been panting during otherwise calm times. Of note, she is very anxious but always has been--no change there. Her output appears normal and she seems loving and happy. Cause for concern?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for an increase in appetite which may be part of a larger condition; causes including colitis, infections, parasites, hormonal conditions and malabsorption are all possible culprits (not a comprehensive list). Make sure that Dobby is wormed properly and that her bowel movements are normal, a faecal test for parasites may be valuable. The panting is also unusual and is worth investigating too, this may tie in the malabsorption or another condition. A visit to your Veterinarian would be best since there is a sudden change in appetite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Dachshund
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Grumpy
Vacant moments
excessive hunger
Slower than normal

Medication Used

none

I have a 10.5yrs old dachshund who always seem to be crazy hungry. The behaviour started a few weeks ago, to the length that he growled at me once to get to the shopping bag I had in the front seat of the car beside me whilst he was sitting in the back... He's on good quality dog food, getting fed 2x a day. Sweet potato, carrots or good quality treats would be his snacks during the day.. He's started drooling as well, which is probably in connection with the constant excessive feeling of hunger.
Also noticed that he seems to be staring into nothing quite often nowadays.. would be just sitting or standing somewhere, anywhere in the house, or outside and just stare into space like he's not really "there"... :(
Blood test came back negative, and the vet seem to be very careful with diagnosing him with anything... fair enough however I believe his condition is getting worse every day :( Any advice please...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are many causes for an increased appetite which may be caused by hormonal conditions, malabsorption disorders, side effects of medication, parasites among other causes; I would be more tempted to go towards hormonal conditions, but it isn’t possible to say without an examination and some other tests. It may be worth visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion given the changes you have seen; his behaviour also is strange and doesn’t really tie in with the increased appetite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diezel
German Shepherd
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties
Hungry all the time
Tires Easily

Hi I have a German shepherd he's 6 years old for some reason past few weeks he seems hungry all the time and can no longer go on walks he just gets very tired and stops walking please help with any advice. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various conditions which may cause an increase in appetite and lethargy which may include parasites, gastrointestinal tract infection, hormonal conditions, malabsorption among other causes; if you haven’t wormed Diezel recently I would recommend doing so and having your Veterinarian take a look over him would help rule out other possible causes too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deuce
APBT
12 yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constant hunger, tumor, occasional diarrhea, trem

My dog is 12 yrs old & was diagnosed with a tumor. He lost a tremendous amount of weight but eats like crazy. He is always hungry. What should I feed him. I stopped giving him dry food because he would vomit constantly. Now I am giving him white rice mixed with canned food & making it like a soup, twice a day. Other than weight loss & constant hunger he doesn't act like he is in pain. What to do? Parasites were ruled out by a vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It is not unusual for a dog to lose weight when they have a tumour, the type of tumour and its location would have a bearing on this. It is important to make sure that Deuce is well fed, but it may be a case that you may need to supplement his diet with a bulking agent, weight gain supplement or both to balance out the weight loss and hunger. Some tumours of the gastrointestinal tract may lead to malabsorption syndromes which would reduce the body's uptake of nutrients and some tumours are nutrient hungry. Speaking with a Nutritionist or Oncologist may be helpful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kota
German Shepherd mixed with Belgian Malinois
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive licking
Lump near spine
Increased Appetite
Extreme weight loss
Black gums
possible parasite
Weird stool at times
Vomiting
Swollen Lymph Nodes

My dog had what looked like a wart on her leg and on her head last year. Both went away so I never thought anymore of it. This year, her appetite began increasing, she began stealing food when I wasn't looking (more than what's normal for her), and constantly seems hungry. Over the past month to 6 weeks, her weight has decreased to the point I can feel her bones - her hips are thin, her spine is starting to protrude, and I can feel her ribs. She has so much fur it's hard to look at her and tell she's thin. That being said, her appetite is still high, her play drive is still going strong, no behavioral changes at all, but some wheezing/whistling sounds when she has ran too hard for the day.
Today I found a lump just by her spinal bones.

We have a vet appt scheduled for Wednesday, for labs and fecal samples, etc. but I just want to know, should I be prepared for this to be cancer? Or more likely to be parasites and/or diabetes? When she poops, sometimes it looks like hair is in the stool, sometimes it's normal. She has vomited more than what's normal for her lately but not overly excessive, I chocked it up to food change until recently.

Today I also noticed her left neck lymphnode is enlarged, and I can feel her collar bone... what should I be thinking? She's 5, will be 6 in December. Has hip dysplasia. Has been overall healthy until this year. If this is cancer, what is it sounding like? I'm hoping it's something treatable and I'm anxious to get to the vet. I got the earliest appt available. Please, any guidance or preparation is highly appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are numerous conditions which may fit with the symptoms that you are describing which may include infections, parasites, nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption syndromes, cancer, colitis, hormonal conditions and the list can go on. First step would be a physical examination accompanied by blood tests and faecal tests to rule out certain conditions before progressing into more complex diagnostic procedures for less common conditions. Enlarged lymph nodes may be attributable to cancer, allergies, infection or may be a different gland or mass; dogs do not have a clavicle (collar bone - chickens have them, they are part of the fused wishbone) so you you probably feeling the first rib. Without examining Kota I do not wish to comment on the actual underlying cause as I do not wish to give you false hope or to make you more nervous. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dino
Maltese
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Polydipsia
Polyphagia
Weakness
distended belly
Pea shape bump

My dog maltese is 6 years old. Hes always been skinny And picky when it comes to food, but we didn't change his dog food. 2 months ago we noticed the increase in appetite. He's extremely hungry and thirsty to the point where his belly is noticeably distended. From then on we control his intake and walk him a lot outdoors. But this didn't change anything. He looks very unhealthy. He looks frail. And we also notice a black pea shape on his left shoulder. I dont know if this is significant. Could this be a tick burrowed under his skin and caused polyphagia and polydipsia? Or is he diabetic? I hope it's nothing major

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Without examining Dino I cannot say whether or not this is serious but there are many conditions which may be attributable to these symptoms including hormonal conditions (like Cushing’s Disease), poisoning (chronic), food issues among others; the pea shaped lump may be a cyst or something more serious which would need to be checked by your Veterinarian. With the symptoms that Dino is showing, it would be best to have a check up as tests would be inevitable (blood tests) in order to determine a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snickerdoodle
Redbone Coonhound
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
excessive hunger
Licking

Medication Used

None

My coonhound is one of 4 k9s in our home she just turned 10 years old. For the last year or so she has been excessively hungry. Must eat all other k9 a food if she can. Has to lick all bowls clean will eat all of my handicapped daughters food right off the table. There isn't any excessive thirst. She has for the last year tested high for her liver enzymes. My vet doesn't seem worried but I am. Also snippy when the birds fly by her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are various causes of increased appetite in dogs including malabsorption syndrome, hypoglycemia, poor quality food, hormonal conditions, infections, parasites, pancreatic disorders or behavioural problems. Further blood tests or imaging studies may need to be carried out in order to reach a diagnosis. Sometimes, some dogs just have a behavioural problem leading to excessive eating. Feeding your dogs separate and buying a special bowl which obstructs the food to slow down food consumption as well as correcting bad behaviour like stealing food from your daughter. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankenstein
Pug
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

wakes up in middle of the night to eat

Frankenstein is a 10 year old 19 lb pug. I switched her food to an adult food over a year ago and she's always had a 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup at night, no problems. For the past week she's woken me up at 4:30 and 5:30 am (she typically sleeps throughout the night) and the only thing she wanted was her food. I tried feeding her a little later, tried giving her a treat before bed, etc. I read on the food label she should have 1 1/4 cup/day so I could try feeding her more, I'm just worried about her gaining weight (the vet said to try to get a lb or two off at her age). She doesn't act this way during the day, only at night.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Up until a year ago, were you feeding Frankenstein a puppy diet before switching to an adult diet? Puppy diets are more nutritious than adult diets and Frankenstein may have been used to a certain level of dietary intake all these years and has been cut off essentially. If Frankenstein needs to lose weight, at 19lb she is just one pound above the recommended range of 14-18lb, it may be worth moving her over to a weight loss diet which may keep her full for longer and will be ‘less fattening’ overall. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Black Labrador
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Behavior Changes
Constant Hunger
Excessive Drooling

Medication Used

none

Duke has never acted like a typical lab. He's never shown interest in food lying around, he never gets in the trash, is a picky water and typically won't eat anything without being told to do so. Recently, he has started acting like he's constantly starving. He has even gotten food of the kitchen table. 1.) He's never done that 2.) It was donuts. He's never eaten sweets even if he was given them. He's picky. Also, he's been drooling a lot out of nowhere. Drool just hangs from his mouth regularly. He also has a small bump (about the size of a grape) on his side, near his ribs. It doesn't seem sore, it's not red and hasn't gotten any bigger. I am so confused by what could be going on with him. His behavior is so off from his norm. And I'm terrified of knowing because he's 7 :( Any idea what I should be preparing myself and my young daughters for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Behavioural changes and increased appetite may be attributable to many different conditions; I would however get the lump on his side looked at as it may be something benign like a lipoma or something more serious, a fine needle aspirate would be useful. Increased appetite may be due to parasites or a hormonal condition; a physical exam and blood tests would tell your Veterinarian a lot. I cannot say if you need to prepare yourself as there may be treatment or medical management available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baltazar
Great dane
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Grumpy more often
Slow to jump or lie down on and off as if in pain
Partial seizures/fly snapping syndrome/hallucinating
Inflamation showing on lab work
Extreme hunger
Massive weight loss

Medication Used

Phenobarbital

My boy suddenly loss 10lbs in 2 weeks and has lost another 5 lbs last week (15lbs in 3 weeks) he is now losing muscle mass and is basically skin and bones now. Starving constantly and having fly snapping syndrome which went from once in a while to almost daily in last week and and half. Vet ran cbc and thyroid. And only thing that came back was EOS was elevated...he tried prednisone for the inflammation and treated for worms even though none showed on test....no change...just started phenobarbital and still had two seizures in which he becomes more agitated each time. I'm feeding him the kcal needed for a 120 lbs great dane and he is only 95lbs now...plus miracle vet weight supplement.....have given rice to add carbs too....vet is at a loss he is dying in front of me.....maybe CNS disorder? Tumor? I don't know.
He is almost 3 yrs old and a rottweiler/great dane cross.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Generally a dramatic weight loss like this may be attributable to liver disease, kidney failure, thyroid disorders, cancer, pancreatitis etc… It seems that your Veterinarian has tested comprehensively for possible causes; unfortunately I am unable to add anything further, it may be worth visiting a Specialist to have a look at Balthazar. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oakley
Golden Retriever
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Growth
Increased Appetite

Medication Used

none

My golden retriever is 6 years old and has recently been showing signs of increased appetite despite eating the same food for years, and no change in daily exercise. In fact, he used to never seem as interested in his food as most dogs I know so him scarfing his food down recently is an apparent change to his normal behavior. We feed him a little over a cup of food twice a day and he has been having regular bowl movements. I have noticed that he has began scavenge around the house and eat crumbs more than he used to ( he never really paid much attention to food on the floor unless it was in the kitchen while we were cooking).

Although I am not sure if this is certainly related or not, I also noticed that he has a growth forming on his chest that I am currently monitoring as he has had a malignant tumor about 4 years ago, but on his leg only and it was surgically removed. Could an increased appetite be a sign for that growth to be more serious and do I need to have him checked out sooner rather later because of these two problems?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Any type of mass forming can cause an increase in appetite as cancerous cells grow fast as can take a lot of nutrition away from the rest of the body; regardless, any mass should be checked out as soon as possible by your Veterinarian. A general increase in appetite may be caused by parasites, other infections, hormonal conditions, malabsorption disorders etc… It would be best to have Oakley checked over and possibly a fine needle aspirate done to determine the type of mass forming (it could be as innocent as a lipoma). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puppy
German Shepherd mix
9 yeara
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Appetite

Medication Used

none

My German Shepherd mix is almost 9 years old and in the last 2 months has exhibited and insane increase in appetite. She's always ravenous at meal time, she inhales her food in seconds. On top of that she's begun scavenging around the house. She'll eat the cats food, rummage through the bin, and counter surf when no one is looking. I've increased her food, but that just made her gain wait, but didn't stop the behavior. She's been eating the same food for years, which is the nature's domain brand.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Increased appetite is a very vague symptoms which may be indicative of numerous causes including parasites, hormonal conditions, metabolic disease or absorption disorders. Due to the varied nature of an increase in appetite, a visit to your Veterinarian may be required to run some tests to determine the cause. To slow down Puppy’s eating, there are some special bowls which block access to food which make dogs to eat slower which may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olivia
Aussie/border collie mix
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst

My dog was put on a short course of remydil for a painful infection in her foot. She had no issues with the medication, and her infection cleared up rapidly.
She has been off remydil for over a week, but I have noticed that over the course of the last three to four days, her appetite and water consumption has increased. Is there a connection? She is a little lethargic, but she has always been low key.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

An increase in thirst may be something or nothing, dogs may drink more for no apparent reason or it may be connected to some physiological process. Side effects of Rimadyl include an increase in thirst but this should subside after cessation of treatment. An increase in thirst may be due to infections, hormonal disease, drug side effects, food intake, tumours, liver disease or urinary problems. Keep an eye on Olivia and if this continues visit your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/increased-urination-and-thirst

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Dexter
Goldendoodle
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

excessive hunger
aggressive
weakness in hind quarters
Itching
excessive thirst

My dog is suddenly very hungry. He usually grazes throughout the day, but is now scarfing down every meal. He continues to act hungry, and is now eating poop and anything else he can find on the ground, which is far from normal for him. He eats anywhere between 4 and 6 cups a day. He is a 70 lbs doodle, and has been on the same food since we got him at 10 weeks (he is now 2 years old). He's also suddenly been aggressive towards dogs, which isn't like him, as he was raised at the doggy daycare that I work for, and has never had an issue with his friends. It is normal for him to tank water and then throw it up, but he has been doing it more frequently. He is also very itchy. We've done allergy tests and nothing has come back abnormal. He eats grain-free, fish only food. His itching has gotten better since he has been bathed in a different shampoo, but not drastically. The last thing I'm worried about is the fact that he has been having issues getting into my car lately. It's not everyday, but it does happen enough for me to notice. Nothing in his life has changed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are various reasons why Dexter is displaying these symptoms; not being able to personally examine Dexter puts me at a diagnostic disadvantage, but by the description you have given I would be suspecting Cushing’s Disease (hyperadrenocorticism). Cushing’s Disease isn’t easy to diagnose due to vague symptoms which could be caused by a variety of different conditions. A low dose dexamethasone suppression test would be able to confirm Cushing’s Disease. Other tests to carry out (in the interests of exclusion) would be blood tests with biochemistry and faecal floatation (to check for parasite eggs). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/cushings-disease

I have the same symptoms with our german shepherd 8 mo. But add that he's panting like crazy, it seems like he's in pain.

How is Dexter now? Any progress?

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