Malnutrition What? How can I tell if my Dog is malnourished?
If this is you, you're at the right space. Because today, we're talking about a serious issue every pet owner has ignored/avoided since the time pets came into existence.
When a pet doesn't receive proper nutrition, they're at the risk of suffering from malnutrition, which causes serious health problems. These issues can be anything from weakness and lethargy, to shutting down of organs and eventually, death.
Lack of attention to the nutrients provided can lead to unintentional malnutrition. Any time a dog is showing signs of hunger or weakness, their health and daily diet should be evaluated by a vet to create an appropriate treatment plan.
Let's talk about the common symptoms of Malnutrition in DogsCommon signs of Dog Malnutrition include:
- Bad Breath
- Hair Loss
- Dull Coat
- Body Odor
- Unusual Bowel Movements
- Weight Loss/Gain
- Skin Disorders
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Diagnosing Malnutrition in Your Dog
The first step in adequately diagnosing malnutrition in dogs is completing a physical exam on a pet that is already experiencing symptoms. This includes completing standard tests at the vet clinic, including urinalysis, a biochemical profile, and a complete blood count.
This determines whether the dog is under or overweight while also determining the health of organs, particularly the liver and kidneys. If a cause is not identified, a fecal float may be used to test for the presence of parasites in their system.
After the treatment of any underlying diseases or conditions are treated or ruled out, the dog’s daily diet and activity will be evaluated. The vet will check the caloric intake, nutritional balance of the food, the dog’s activity levels, and the portion of time during which the malnutrition developed.
1. Check if you see any such symptoms in your dog.
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