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Dr. Susan, Veterinarian
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Experience:  8 years of clinical experience with specialty in veterinary pain management, urology, and geriatrics
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suddenly my dog is always hungry why

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suddenly my dog is always hungry why
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

There are many different reasons that can cause increased appetite in an older dog.

Dr. Susan :

Is Poppy having any diarrhea?

Customer:

no

Dr. Susan :

And have you noticed any changes in her amount of thirst or urination?

Customer:

no no

Customer:

no

Dr. Susan :

OK, we can see diabetes and Cushings disease - these are the most common 2 conditions that would cause an increased appetite in a senior dog.

Dr. Susan :

These are both treatable conditions.

Customer:

ok what can i do

Dr. Susan :

First, we need a diagnosis. This can often be done just with screening bloodwork.

Dr. Susan :

Cushings disease requires a specific test to confirm, but the screening test should point us in that direction too.

Customer:

should i go to the vet than

Dr. Susan :

I recommend having her evaluated by your local vet. This is not an emergency, but I would make an appointment. We should start with a physical exam and senior screening blood work.

Customer:

might it just be worms

Customer:

hello are u there

Dr. Susan :

Parasites are less likely. We usually don't see infections bad enough to cause a change in an adult dog's appetite.

Dr. Susan :

It certainly isn't a bad idea to bring a stool sample to be checked by your vet as well.

Customer:

ok thanks but she also has a ongoing problem with allergies

Dr. Susan :

I don't think that is related to the increased appetite.

Dr. Susan :

Have you tried an OTC antihistamine for her?

Customer:

whats that

Dr. Susan :

Human antihistamines like Benadryl.

Customer:

yes i think she is has been on does

Dr. Susan :

If that isn't helpful, you can always try Zyrtec or Claritin.

Customer:

ok thanks

Dr. Susan :

You're welcome! Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

Customer:

i will just bring her to the vet

Customer:

i will bring her to the vet

Dr. Susan :

OK, I am happy to help interpret any lab work etc that you get in the future.

Dr. Susan :

Just post it back here to me!

Customer:

i was hoping it was something simple

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