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My 2year old collie has A) missed her last session

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My 2year old collie bitch has A) missed her last session
B) her coat seems to have lost lustre and has greatly thinned
C) has lost weight recently - her weight seems to fluctuate quite a lot although we try to feed her consistent amounts twice a day.
\feeding her raw meat beef or lamb lightly steamed veg-berries -apples. We have avoided those which are deemed to harm them.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. My initial thought was a nutritional imbalance causing an estrus cycle irregularity and her haircoat abnormalities. Hypothyroidism should be considered as well but it's not a likely finding in such a young and active dog who appears otherwise healthy. Because you feed a home-cooked diet, here's a balanced one appropriate for Sky which you can use as a guide:

ground beef, 10% fat, pan-browned, 5 ounces
pasta, enriched, cooked, 3 cups
canola oil, 2 tsp
salt substitute (potassium chloride), 1/2 tsp
bone meal powder, 2 tsp
salt, iodized (sodium chloride), 1 1/4 tsp
multivitamin & mineral tablet, kids complete, 1 each
zinc, 100 mg tablet, 1/2 tablet

Vegetables and fruit aren't required but can be given if Sky enjoys them. The prepared weight of the above is 589g. The total kcal as prepared = 1076 kcal, the daily requirement for a 17kg dog such as she.

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