Priority: Immediate


  • This is an emergency.
  • Contact your veterinarian or after-hours emergency care facility immediately.

Symptom Considerations

  • Contact your veterinarian if your dog is losing weight without any change to diet or exercise.
  • Conditions that prevent the body from using nutrients can cause weight loss:
    • e.g., diabetes, intestinal problems
  • Some questions to prepare for:
    • When did you first notice the weight loss?
    • Has your dog's activity level changed?
    • Has your dog's diet changed?
    • Does your dog have any other symptoms?
  • Your dog may need:
    • Blood work
    • Fecal examination
    • X-rays
    • A special diet or medications