Help with my dog - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Abilene, Texas
Posts: 597
• Horses: 4
Help with my dog

I have an almost 10 year old boxer mix. Lately he has lost some weight. His ribs are showing and his spine sticks out. He looks emaciated almost. I feed him a good quality dog food (the stuff is $30 for a 40lb bag) and feed him twice a dayper his weight. He sleeps most of the day and only goes out to do his business. He has always been that way. His appetite is good and he always finishes his meal. No changes in behavior and is in good health. He has always been a thinner dog but he just looks bad to me. He is due for shots soon but I thought I would ask for tips on getting some weight on him until I take him in.
stacieandtheboys is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 11:12 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 22,174
• Horses: 7
I would probably take him to the vet and get bloodwork done....

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Abilene, Texas
Posts: 597
• Horses: 4
yeah you are right. I need to go and pickup heart worm prevention anyway. Calling right now :)
stacieandtheboys is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 11:23 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,610
• Horses: 1
I would have a senior profile done on him. Have his thyroid checked as well, many times that causes the problems you are seeing.
Posted via Mobile Device
cakemom is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 03:07 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: MA
Posts: 23
• Horses: 1
As the other people have suggested, definitely have a blood panel done on him. You'd be amazed at how much can show up on one - and it will help narrow down the possibilities. Another thing would be to bring a stool sample in to rule out intestinal parasites. Good luck!

lollipop is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 08-17-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Abilene, Texas
Posts: 597
• Horses: 4
Thanks guys we are going in on Friday :)
stacieandtheboys is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 08-18-2010, 08:31 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Canada!
Posts: 233
• Horses: 2
Oh another boxer owner :)

I agree, and am glad you went to the vet. Our old male also went downhill, but he was 12, and we didn't catch it in time.

Keep us updated!

Kaity *
Skutter - BelgianX born: May 28 2009
Spring - Standardbred born: May 2005
Skutterbotch is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 08-18-2010, 08:36 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 43
• Horses: 2
Definitely get to vet

A dog that gets thin while eating as much as usual and acting lethargic can also be diabetic. This can be treated but the sooner you know the more options you may have
Surprise 623 is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 08-18-2010, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Abilene, Texas
Posts: 597
• Horses: 4
I think part of it may be he needs to be switched to senior food but we will see Friday what the vet says. Oh and he isn't recently lazy...he has always been lazy lol.
stacieandtheboys is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome