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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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

How is Dexter now? Any progress?

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.

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Pepper
Boston Terrier
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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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
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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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