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toby is 2 years old bichon was castrated 12 months ago he has

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toby is 2 years old bichon was castrated 12 months ago he has put on weight he is lathargic always tired no energy does not eat his food every day could go 2 days without eating has runs sometimes then has constipation drinks plenty feel there is something wrong with him as he is not like a puppy at all
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 3 years ago.

Hello Gail, I'm Dr. Deb and I'll do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern for Toby. He certainly doesn't sound likes a 2 year old dog, does he?

I do have a few additional questions to ask about him first, if you don't mind:

1. Has any blood work been suggested or done?
2. Specifically, has a T4 been evaluated (if you know)?

There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no blood tests been done no t4

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 3 years ago.
Gail,

Thanks for the information.


If Toby had just gained weight after he was neutered, I wouldn't be as concerned since this is a fairly commonly seen problem. However, the fact that he's lethargic with intermittent gastrointestinal issues makes me suspect (like you) that something else might be going on.

If this were my case, I'd recommend running routine blood work to evaluate his kidneys, liver, electrolytes, etc but more importantly, his T4. This latter value is a good screening test for Hypothyroid Disease. Toby is a little on the younger side for this condition but I've seen it in some young dogs---not just middle aged ones.
Lethargy, weight gain, decreased interest in food could all be seen with this condition.
It's not always the easiest condition to diagnose, however; sometimes even if the T4 is normal, additional testing can help determine if this is the problem.

The second condition that I'd want to consider, especially if thyroid testing is normal, would be some sort of gastrointestinal disorder, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
This is going to be much more problematic to diagnose since routine blood work is normal in most cases. It usually takes a biopsy to confirm which most owners are understandably reluctant to do. There is another blood test, called a Gastrointestinal Panel, which can evalute his pancreas, his folate and B-12 levels to determine if there are any abnormalities which could then be addressed.

I agree with you that it sounds as if there's something else going on with Toby. Blood work is where I'd start in trying to determine what that "something else" might be.

I hope this helps and that you can get to the bottom of this. Deb
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Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 3 years ago.

Gail,
Thanks for the rating; it's greatly appreciated.

And, I also wanted to wish you the best with Toby. Regards, Deb

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